Research in the Bour lab aims to address outstanding challenges in catalysis and organic reaction development by exploiting the extended order in supramolecular assemblies and porous solids. In this context, we are actively targeting the synthesis of solution and solid phase architectures that blur classical distinctions between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. Our efforts are focused on (1) the synthetic methods needed to access and characterize these novel platforms and (2) their application across a wide range of transformations from small scale fine chemical synthesis to bulk chemical valorization.
Enthusiastic and creative researchers from all backgrounds are encouraged to inquire about open positions here.
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.
Ionic Porous Materials
We are pursuing the synthesis and applications of charged porous organic frameworks with well-defined counterions. The permanent porosity and high tunability of MOFs, COFS, and POPs provides straightforward paths to study ionic reactivity in environments that would normally be limited by solubility or aggregation. We are also interested in exploiting the unusual properties of these materials to access lower framework densities and new connectivities.
As part of our broader program in catalysis research, we are using porous organic solids as mechanistic tools to help interrogate the reactivity of traditionally unstable organic and organometallic intermediates in catalysis. Insights from these investigations will be used to inform mechanism and direct reaction development.