James Bour

James Bour

James Bour



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

  •  Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018-2020

  •  National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2014-2017

  • Pfizer Summer Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2017

  •  Beckman Scholar, Hope College, 2012-2013

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Hope College, 2013

Selected publications

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.




Currently teaching

  •  CHEM 6200/7200