University of Kansas
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Bowman-James leads in the design and synthesis of organized molecular frameworks as selective receptors for anions and as ligands for transition metal ions. Her “inside-out” analysis compares the influence of chelate, macrocyclic, and cryptate effects in supramolecular coordination complexes with skillfully positioned hydrogen bonding interactions for anion receptor chemistry; applications are in environmental, biological and pharmacological problems involving sensing, separations, and catalysis. As co-founder of the Committee on Advancement of Women Chemists) (COACh) and Director of Kansas Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) she has become a celebrated speaker in addressing gender equity and diversity in workshops and panels at the NAS, NIH, ACS, and NSF.