Organic Materials and Molecule Synthesis
Research in the Bour lab aims to address outstanding challenges in organic material and molecule synthesis though the application of advanced organometallic and organic methodologies. We are specifically focused on the intersection of porous materials and organic/organometallic chemistries to realize new materials with unprecedented properties. Researchers on our team are accordingly trained in organic, organometallic, and materials chemistries.
We are interested in the design and synthesis of catalysts that utilize unconventional principles of selectivity to effect highly efficient and selective transformations. Our efforts in this area are directed toward the synthesis of atomically precise solution phase assemblies in the 2-5 nm domain and catalyst architectures with well-defined, strong oriented electric fields.
Confined Reactive Species
Our team is pursuing the synthesis of reactive organic and inorganic centers confined in porous materials. We hypothesize that confinement in these materials will attenuate common modes of decomposition. We are interested in probing the fundamental reactivity of these species as well exploiting their unique properties in catalysis, magnetism, and gas purification.
Porous Organic Polymers
Researchers in the Bour Lab are interested in new methods to synthesize porous organic polymers at lower costs, on larger scales, and with greater control over physical properties. Our approach focuses on using advanced organometallic technologies to provide better and more controlled routes to these promising materials.