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

7 October 2017 – The Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society is happening in Lawrence this month on Oct 18-20! The Blakemore Group will be well represented with a round of talks in the sessions on Inorganic Chemistry. James is also co-organizer of a symposium titled "From Molecules to Nanomaterials" with Prof. Cindy Berrie of KU. Invited speakers include Prof. Francis D'Souza of UNT, Prof. Lin Chen of Northwestern, and Prof. Rob Coridan of U. Arkansas.

1 September 2017 – Another fall semester is underway at KU! We welcome first-year undergraduate Ngan Tran to the research group–he is supported by the KU Center for Undergraduate Research's Emerging Scholars Program.

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.

Funding Sources

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