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

28 June 2017 – James visits the Synchrotron Soleil in Gif-sur-Yvette, France for collaborative experiments. Many thanks to our collaborator Dr. Benedikt Lassalle, co-investigator on the proposal for this work. We are examining the oxidation states and electrochemical properties of rhodium-based catalysts for fuel production with synchrotron X-ray radiation. 

6 June 2017 – Congratulations to Will Moore on receiving a KU Undergraduate Research Fellowship! Will works on characterizing new manganese-based catalysts for conversion of carbon dioxide. Way to go, Will!

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!

Funding Sources

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