Wayne State University

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Department of Chemistry
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James Bour
Title Assistant Professor
Division Organic
Education B.Sc., Hope College, 2013
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2018
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018-2020
Office Chem 275
Phone (313)577-7784
Group https://bourlab.com/

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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Bour, J. R.; Kariofilis, S. K.; Sanford, M. S. "Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Applications of (NHC)Cu(CHF2) Complexes," Organometallics 2017, 36, 1220.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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