Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty & Staff

Devery, James

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  FH-215

Phone: 773.508.3571


External Webpage: http://deverylab.com/


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, 2013-2015
Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University, 2013
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Lehigh University, 2013

Research Interests

Research in our lab focuses on the determination of the mechanisms of important organic and organometallic reactions. Of particular interest are systems utilizing transition-metal-centered complexes or organic molecules as catalysts. Through the kinetic and thermodynamic characterization of these processes, we not only gain insight into their catalytic cycles, but determine the controlling factors that direct reactivity. The primary aim of this research is to determine the mechanistic framework necessary to both expand established reactivity and develop new, more efficient catalytic methods for organic synthesis.

Students in the group will utilize organic, organometallic, analytical, and physical chemistry to observe reaction mechanisms. This research will provide training in not only organic and organometallic synthesis, but separation and characterization of complex systems using chromatography and spectroscopy. 

Selected Publications

Devery, J. J.; Stephenson, C. R. J. "Catalysis: Dual catalysis at the flick of a switch" Nature 2015, 519, 42.

Devery, J. J., III; Douglas, J. J.; Nguyen, J. D.; Cole, K. P.; Flowers, R. A., II; Stephenson, C. R. "Ligand functionalization as a deactivation pathway in a fac-Ir(ppy)3-mediated radical additionChem. Sci. 2015, 6, 537.

Sebren, L. J.; Devery, J. J., III; Stephenson, C. R. J. "Catalytic Radical Domino Reactions in Organic Synthesis" ACS Catal. 2014, 4, 703.

Devery, J. J., III; Conrad, J. C.; MacMillan, D. W. C.; Flowers, R. A., II. "Mechanistic Complexity in Organo-SOMO Activation" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 6106.

Devery, J., III; Mohanta, P.; Casey, B.; Flowers, R., II. "Facile Route to Tetrasubstituted Pyrazoles Utilizing Ceric Ammonium Nitrate" Synlett 2009, 2009, 1490.

Jiao, J.; Zhang, Y.; Devery, J. J.; Xu, L.; Deng, J.; Flowers, R. A. "Mechanistic Studies of Ce(IV)-Mediated Oxidation of β-Dicarbonyls:  Solvent-Dependent Behavior of Radical Cation Intermediates" J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 5486.