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 energy using the tools of inorganic and organometallic chemistry, molecular electrochemistry, and surface chemistry. Our active projects are diverse in scope and span a number of topics:

Synthesis and study of multimetallic coordination complexes. We are synthesizing and characterizing heterobimetallic complexes of uranium and other heavy elements, in order to understand how to predictably tune their chemical and electrochemical properties and reactivity.

Molecular catalysis and catalyst activation. We are investigating the activation pathways and catalytic activity of several classes of organometallic species, including half-sandwich rhodium complexes and early-transition metal catalysts for olefin activation.

Applications of the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance. We are using piezoelectric gravimetry to understand interfacial reactivity during electrochemistry and electrocatalysis. Interfacial processes, like metal deposition, are often difficult to study but impact the efficiency of most electrode processes.

Structure-function studies of chemically modified electrodes. We are studying the immobilization of metal complexes on electrodes in order to understand the role of molecular structure in their behavior and stability. Our goal is to rationally design systems for applications in areas like separations science.

Carbon dioxide conversion. In collaboration with Profs. Kevin Leonard and Bala Subramaniam at the KU Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis, we are developing new media and chemistries for carbon dioxide conversion to more useful chemicals.

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We need the kind of courage that can withstand the subtle corruption of the cynics, so that 
we can show the world that we are not afraid of the future.
It has always been easy to hate and destroy, but to build and to cherish is [the real challenge].
–Elizabeth R.

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«Вода долбит не силой, а частым падением.»
Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed saepe cadendo.
Water carves not with force, but with frequent falling. –Ovid


Recent News

31 October 2021 – Claire Dopp is attending the COP26 meeting of U.N. Climate Talks! Claire was selected to be a member of the student-professional delegation of the American Chemical Society to the meeting. At the conference, Claire attended events and interviewed participants with the goal of disseminating her impressions of the event to other chemists and students across the country. She has blogged and posted about the meeting, and will also present her experiences at the ACS National Meeting in Spring 2022. Claire was sponsored for this opportunity by ACS, the KU Department of Chemistry, and the KU Center for Undergraduate Research. Congratulations, Claire, and well done!

12 August 2021 – Our undergraduates Jonah Stiel and Emma Cosner have been named to the inaugural class of Kansas ChemScholars. The Kansas ChemScholars program, just announced to begin in 2021, provides support for three exceptional undergraduate Chemistry majors each year who are Kansas natives in their final year at KU. Congratulations, Emma and Jonah!

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, Lam Research Corporation, and the Spring Creek Fund.