James Bour

James Bour

Assistant Professor



 Chem 275




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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

  • 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, 2024

  •  Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator

  •  NSF CAREER 2023

  •  Thieme Chemistry Journals Awardee

Selected publications

 Porath, A. J.; Lybrand, T.; Bour, J. R. Relationships Between Defectivity and Porosity in High Surface Area Porous Aromatic Frameworks. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, e202314120.

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

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022