James Blakemore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas. James was raised in Kansas, and studied chemistry with Francis D’Souza at Wichita State University, graduating in 2007. James then moved to Yale University, completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2012 as a student of Gary Brudvig and Robert Crabtree. Upon completing his Ph.D., James did postdoctoral work at Caltech with Harry Gray as a Fellow of the NSF CCI Solar Fuels Program and a Prize Fellow of the Resnick Sustainability Institute.
At KU since 2016, James has initiated a research program that is broadly centered on preparation and study of tailored inorganic and organometallic compounds that can provide insight into energy conversion. A portion of this work is aimed at developing new media for conversion of carbon dioxide in collaboration with Profs. Kevin Leonard and Bala Subramaniam at the KU Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis. In 2018, James was named a recipient of a US DOE Early Career Award and a US NSF EPSCoR Research Fellowship. Most recently, in 2019, James received formal training in electrochemistry as a participant in the Cyclic Voltammetry International School, hosted by the Laboratoire d'Electrochimie Moléculaire at Université Paris Diderot.
Senior Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemistry, Caltech, 2012-2015
PhD, Yale University, 2012
BS, BA, Wichita State University, 2007