James D. Blakemore

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Chemistry
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
office: 785-864-3019
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Dr.
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Second office:
lab: 785-864-4633


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

Recent News

28 May 2020 – James has been officially awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, effective with the start of the upcoming academic year. Looking forward to more good chemistry in the years ahead!

26 May 2020 – The Blakemore Laboratory ramps up to resume experimental work in ISB following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. We send our warmest greetings to colleagues returning to their labs elsewhere, and wish everyone a safe and healthy return to work!

15 April 2020 – Congratulations to Dr. David Sconyers on passing his Dissertation Defense with Honors! David, who joined the group in our first cohort of graduate students in 2015, is the first member of our group to complete the Ph.D. degree. Way to go, David!

Funding Sources

Our work is supported by the US Department of Energy, US National Science Foundation, KU Hall Chemical Research Fund, the Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP and the Spring Creek Fund.