James D Blakemore

James Blakemore
  • Associate Professor
  • Member of KU faculty since 2016

Contact Info

3116 ISB (CDS1)
1567 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045


Senior Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology,
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Yale University, 2012
B.S., Wichita State University, 2007
B.A., Wichita State University, 2007


  • Inorganic
  • Organometallic
  • Energy
  • Synthesis
  • Catalysis
  • Materials


Our research program aims to address fundamental challenges in the efficient and sustainable production of energy, fuels, and chemicals. We target synthesis and study of new molecules that provide rational control of bonding and reactivity, including molecular electrocatalysts capable of storing energy in chemical bonds. We also prepare and study electrodes featuring immobilized redox-active molecules and catalysts. Our work includes studies of both transition metals, and f-block elements.

Active projects in the group generally involve synthesis, characterization, and reactivity studies of new inorganic and organometallic complexes. Our work spans from fundamental development of custom-tailored ligands to more applied electrochemical studies of molecular catalysts and redox-active compounds. To accomplish this work, students in the Blakemore group are trained in air- and moisture-free synthetic methods, spectroscopy (e.g., NMR, EPR), electrochemistry, catalyst characterization, and surface characterization (e.g., IR, XPS).

Selected Publications

Kumar, A., Lionetti, D., Day, V.W., and Blakemore, J.D.* Redox-Inactive Metal Cations Modulate the Reduction Potential of the Uranyl Ion in Macrocyclic Complexes, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2020142, 3032-3041, doi: 10.1021/jacs.9b11903

Sconyers, D.J., Shaughnessy, C.I., Lee, H.-J., Subramaniam, B.,* Leonard, K.C.,* and Blakemore, J.D.* Enhancing Molecular Electrocatalysis of CO2 Reduction with Pressure-Tunable CO2-Expanded Electrolytes ChemSusChem2020, in press, doi: 10.1002/cssc.202000390

Sconyers, D.J. and Blakemore, J.D.* Electrodeposition behavior of homoleptic transition metal acetonitrile complexes interrogated with piezoelectric gravimetry, Analyst2020, 145, 466-477, doi: 10.1039/C9AN01952A

Barr, J.L., Kumar, A., Lionetti, D., Cruz, C.A.,* and Blakemore, J.D.* Understanding the Roles of Triethylaluminum in Phosphinimide-Supported Titanium Catalyst Systems for Ethylene Polymerization, Organometallics201939, 2150-2155, doi: 10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00140

Hopkins, J.A., Lionetti, D., Day, V.W., and Blakemore, J.D.* Chemical and Electrochemical Properties of [Cp*Rh] Complexes Supported by a Hybrid Phosphine-Imine Ligand, Organometallics201938, 1300-1310, doi: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00551

Kumar, A., Lionetti, D., Day, V.W., and Blakemore, J.D.,* Trivalent Lewis Acidic Cations Govern the Electronic Properties and Stability of Heterobimetallic Complexes of Nickel, Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24, 141-149,  doi: 10.1002/chem.201704006

Lionetti, D., Day, V.W., and Blakemore, J.D.,* Noncovalent immobilization and surface characterization of lanthanide complexes on carbon electrodes, Dalton Trans.201746, 11779-11789, doi: 10.1039/C7DT02577G

Awards & Honors

K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

DOE Early Career Award

NSF EPSCoR Research Fellowship

Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship, Caltech Resnick Sustainability Institute

Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSF CCI Solar Fuels

Richard Wolfgang Prize, Yale University

Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students