Principal Investigator

James D Blakemore
Associate Professor
office: 785-864-3019

Postdoctoral, Caltech, 2012-2015
PhD, Yale University, 2012
BS, BA, Wichita State University, 2007
Faculty Affiliate, CEBC
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Graduate Students (G4)

Riddhi Golwankar

B.Sc., University of Mumbai, 2013
M.Sc., ICT Mumbai, 2015

Ph.D. Candidate

BS, Wichita State University, 2018
NSF Trainee in Chemical Data Science


BS, Abilene Christian University, 2019
NSF Trainee in Chemical Data Science


B.S., Louisana State U, 2021

B.S., Lindenwood University, 2021


BS, University of Kansas, 2023
Beckman Scholar


BS, University of Kansas, 2024



Visiting Assistant Professor, MidAmerica Nazarene University
PhD (Honors), University of Kansas, 2021
BS, Appalachian State University, 2017

Ph.D., Cornell University
Emeritus Director, KU X-ray Crystallography Laboratory

Scientific Glassblower, Kansas State University

Recent Graduates

B.S., Chemistry, 2022

BS, University of Kansas, 2022
Member, University Honors Program

Ph.D. (Honors)

BS, Univ. of Kansas, 2017 (Honors)
NIH Trainee in Chemical Biology
PhD, University of Kansas, 2022 (Honors)

BS, University of Saint Mary, 2017
PhD, University of Kansas, 2022 (Honors)

BS, University of Kansas, 2022
Member, University Honors Program

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.