Research interest(s)/area of expertise
catalysis, organometallics, porous organic materials, methodology development
Research in the Bour Lab seeks to address outstanding challenges in catalysis and organic reaction development through the design and synthesis of new catalyst platforms in both solution and solid phases. Our approach exploits the long range molecular order in supramolecular assemblies and contemporary porous organic solids to effect highly selective chemical transformations. Researchers in the Bour Lab are trained in organometallic chemistry, materials chemistry, as well as more traditional organic and inorganic synthesis.
- B.Sc., Hope College, 2013
- Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2018
- Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018-2020
Awards and grants
Beckman Scholar 2012-2013
Phi Beta Kappa, 2013
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014-2017
Pfizer Summer Fellow 2017
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020
Ebbing Faculty Development Award, 2021, 2022
Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator
Porath, A. J.; Hettiarachchi, M. A.; Li, S.; Bour, J. R. "A Ni(COD)2-Free Approach for the Synthesis of High Surface Area Porous Aromatic Frameworks" Chemical Communications, 2022, 58, 6841
Bour, J. R.; Ferguson, D. M.; McClain, E. J.; Kampf, J. W. Sanford, M. S. “Connecting Organometallic Ni(III)/(IV):Reactions of Carbon-Centered Radicals with High-Valent Organonickel Complexes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 8914
Malapit, C. A.; Bour, J. R.; Brigham, C. B. Sanford, M. S. “Base-Free Nickel-Catalyzed Decarbonylative Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling of Acid Fluorides” Nature, 2018, 563, 100
Bour, J. R.; Kariofilis, S. K.; Sanford, M. S. “Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Applications of (NHC)Cu(CHF2) Complexes,” Organometallics 2017, 36, 1220.
Bour, J. R.; Camasso, N. M.; Meucci, E. M.; Canty, A. J.; Kampf, J. W.; Sanford, M. S. “Carbon- Carbon Bond-Forming Reductive Elimination from Isolated Ni(III) Complexes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 16105.
Bour, J. R.; Camasso, N. M.; Sanford, M. S. “Oxidation of NiII to NiIV with Aryl Electrophiles Enables Ni-Mediated Ar-CF3 Coupling,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 8034.
Courses taught by James Bour
Winter Term 2023 (current)
Fall Term 2022
- CHM7200 - Organic Structures and Mechanisms
- CHM6200 - Organic Structures and Mechanisms
- CHM5998 - Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry