James D. Blakemore

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Chemistry
Associate 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 Associate 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. 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. And, in 2020, James was awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.


Senior Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemistry, Caltech, 2012-2015
PhD, Yale University, 2012
BS, BA, Wichita State University, 2007

Recent News

26–30 June 2022 – James and Riddhi attend the 29th Rare Earth Research Conference (RERC29) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. James delivered an invited talk on the first morning of the meeting on the topic of "Redox Tuning of Tripodal Cerium Complexes with Secondary Metal Cations," and Riddhi was awarded a Best Poster Prize for her work on "Electrochemical Activation of the Uranyl Ion." Thanks to Prof. Eric Schelter and Dr. Marta Guron (U. Penn) for organizing such a great meeting—a truly inspirational experience!

6 June 2022 – An exciting summer of research is underway in the Blakemore Group–our seventh here at KU! Welcome to our newest group members: Fynn Cooper, an incoming graduate student; Cecilia Paranjothi, a rising sophomore at KU;  and Natalie Lind, a visiting summer REU student from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Let the fun begin!

6 May 2022 – Emma Cosner has been named the recipient of the Class of 1913 Award. This prize, which is one of the prestigious University Awards, is granted annually to two graduating students “who, by their evidenced intelligence, devotion to their studies, and personal character, give promise of such usefulness to society.” The central criterion for this award is a stellar academic record, making Emma a very deserving recipient. Emma has been conducting research in our group for over three years, and has been co-mentored throughout that time by Dr. Julie Leseberg. Congratulations, Emma!

Funding Sources

Our work is supported by the US Department of Energy, US National Science Foundation, the Chevron Phillips Chemical, Lam Research Corp., and the Spring Creek Fund.