Welcome to the home page of the Blakemore Group! We are a research group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas.

Our aim is to improve the sustainable production of chemicals, fuels, and materials using the tools of contemporary inorganic chemistry, catalysis, and surface chemistry. Current projects include mechanistic studies of hydrogen fuel-forming molecular catalysis, electrochemical synthesis and study of electronic materials, development of novel media for carbon dioxide conversion, and preparation of electrodes decorated with molecular catalysts. Design and synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds are major components of this work, along with spectroscopic and electrochemical investigations. Our laboratory is funded by the University of Kansas and the US National Science Foundation (under NSF award CBET-1605524).

We are also leading a community outreach effort aimed at improving science literacy among young people and broadening participation in science through mentoring. Our first partner in this effort is Emporia Middle School; our group members visit the school regularly and mentor students engaged in inquiry-driven projects based on chemistry, energy, and sustainability themes.

In Summer 2018, the Blakemore Lab will be moving to KU's new Integrated Science Building. A time lapse video shows construction of our new digs.

Recent News

31 March 2017 – James presents an invited talk at KU's 'Red Hot Research'. Each installment of this series brings scholars from around the University together at The Commons to discuss big ideas and grand challenges from the perspective of many disciplines. Using the format of Pecha Kucha-style 6-minute talks, researchers at this meeting focused on the topic of "The Environment and the Future." James shared our group's work on carbon dioxide conversion chemistry. Thanks to Emily Ryan for the invitation to present at this thought-provoking and exciting forum!

13–14 March 2017 – Students from Emporia Middle School visit the Blakemore Lab! 65 or so enthusiastic students, teachers, and parents visited the lab for several hours to see demonstrations, learn about our work, and ask questions about studying science. Thanks to Dr. Claudia Bode of CEBC for bringing her fluorescence spectrometer as an additional demonstration!

7–12 September 2016 - James presents two invited plenary talks and serves as a discussion panelist for "Advancing Energy Sustainability by Governance Leadership in Artificial Photosynthesis" organized by Prof. Tom Faunce of the Australian National University (ANU). The meeting took place in Canberra, Australia at ANU, with a satellite workshop on Lord Howe Island. James presented "Exploring H+ and e Management in Fuel-Forming Catalysis." The abstract book is here. Tom launched a CD of AP-themed music at the Canberra meeting, and it can be found here.

Funding Sources

Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Kansas: