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Gilliard, Robert

Robert J. Gilliard, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Room 390, Chemistry Building
(434) 297-7975

B.S. Clemson University, 2009

Ph.D. The University of Georgia, 2014

UNCF/Merck, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, ETH Zürich and Case Western Reserve University 2014-2017

The Gilliard Research Laboratory focuses its efforts on the synthesis, structure, reactivity and applications of main-group and late transition metal species. We develop novel synthetic methods to access molecules that contain reactive or unstable components (radicals, hydrides, multiple bonds, etc.). Accordingly, we utilize various anaerobic synthetic procedures including Schlenk techniques and inert atmosphere gloveboxes.

Current research themes under investigation include:

  1. Bond Activation and Catalysis Mediated by Main-Group Element Systems
  2. Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Materials involving p-Block Elements
  3. Main-Group Heterocycles and Bioactive Organometallics


Recent Publications

Gilliard Jr., Robert J.; Kieser, Jerod M.; Protasiewicz, John D.; “Synthons for the Development of New Organophosphorus Functional Materials” Main Group Strategies Towards Functional Materials Wiley 2017, in press.

Kieser, Jerod M.; Gilliard Jr., Robert J.; Rheingold, Arnold; Grützmacher, Hansjörg, Protasiewicz, John D.; “Insertion of Sodium Phosphaethynolate, Na[OCP], into a Zirconium-Benzyne Complex” Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 5110-5112.

Beil, Andreas; Gilliard Jr., Robert J.; Grützmacher, Hansjörg “From the Parent Phosphinidene-Carbene Adduct NHC=PH to Cationic P4-Rings and P2-Cycloaddition Products” Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 2044-2052.

Abraham, Mariham Y.; Wang, Yuzhong; Yaoming, Xie; Gilliard Jr., Robert J.; Wei, Pingrong; Vaccaro, Brian J.; Johnson, Michael K.; Schaefer III, Henry F.; Schleyer, Paul v. R.; Robinson, Gregory H. “Oxidation of Carbene-Stabilized Diarsenic: Diarsene Dications and Diarsenic Radical Cations” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 2486-2488.

Gilliard Jr., Robert J.; Abraham, Mariham Y.; Wang, Yuzhong; Wei, Pingrong; Yaoming, Xie; Quillian, Brandon; Schaefer III, Henry F.; Schleyer, Paul v. R.; Robinson, Gregory H. “Carbene-Stabilized Beryllium Borohydride” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 9953-9955. *Highlighted as a JACS Spotlight Article: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 11299-11300.

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