Blakemore Group, Summer 2022

The Blakemore Laboratory

Inspired by sustainability, our group studies mechanisms of redox-induced chemical reactions, particularly those involving actinides, lanthanides, and carbon dioxide. We draw on perspectives from inorganic/organometallic chemistry, molecular electrochemistry, and surface science.


10 March 2023 - Congratulations to Cecilia Paranjothi, who has been named the recipient of the Jack & Carolyn Landgrebe Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship at KU! This scholarship will support Cecilia for full-time research work in our group during summer 2023, and includes a stipend as well as funds for research supplies. With this support, Cecilia will be continuing her studies of the speciation of electropositive metal cations in polar organic solvents, along with co-mentor Davis Curry. Congratulations on this stellar news, Cecilia!

5-10 March 2023 - This week, James attended the Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms. At the meeting, he presented our group's work on electrochemical activation of high-valent uranium complexes, and also served as Discussion Leader during the conference session on f-element chemistry. Thanks to Prof. Jennifer Love of the University of Calgary for the invitation to serve and for organizing a great meeting! Looking forward to the next edition of this great conference, to be organized by Prof. Elon Ison of North Carolina State University, in 2025!

6 March 2023 - Congratulations to Claire Dopp, who has been named as our department's nominee for the 2023 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry. Claire was selected for this national recognition in light of her accomplishments in research and scholarship as an undergraduate, and her promise for future success in graduate school. Congratulations, Claire!

6 March 2023 - Congratulations to Cecilia Paranjothi, who has been selected to receive an Eli Lilly Travel Award from the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society. Cecilia will use this support to travel to the ACS Meeting in Indianapolis later this month, where she will be presenting a poster on her research results as well as participating in professional development activities organized by the WCC. Through this program, WCC and Eli Lilly and Company continue to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences, and we thank them for these important efforts. Way to go, Cecilia!


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