Gregory S. Girolami

 Gregory Girolami

Contact Information

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
A526 CLSL, Box 4-6
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemistry
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Professor Girolami received his B.S. degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Thereafter, he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow with Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College of Science and Technology, and joined the Illinois faculty in 1983.

Research Interests

  • synthesis of transition metal complexes and their use as catalysts, as precursors for the chemical vapor deposition of thin films, and as building blocks for novel magnetic materials; metal-organic chemical vapor deposition; organometallic chemistry and catalysis; synthesis of new molecular magnets

Research Description

We are primarily interested in the synthesis, properties, and reactivity of new inorganic, organometallic, and solid state species. Much of our research relates to one of four areas: mechanistic studies of organometallic reactions such as the activation of alkanes, the synthesis of new "molecule-based" magnetic materials, the chemical vapor deposition of thin films from "designed" molecular precursors, and the design of an artificial photosynthetic center.

Distinctions / Awards

  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • Sloan Foundation Fellowship
  • Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • University Scholar Award