University of Illinois
A526 CLSL, Box 4-6
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Janet and William H. Lycan Professor, School of Chemical Sciences
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.
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
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.
Awards and Honors
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
Sloan Foundation Fellowship
Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
University Scholar Award
Daly, S. R., Bellott, B. J., McAlister, D. R., Horwitz, E. P., & Girolami, G. S. (Accepted/In press). Pr(H3BNMe2BH3)3and Pr(thd)3as Volatile Carriers for Actinium-225. Deposition of Actinium-Doped Praseodymium Boride Thin Films for Potential Use in Brachytherapy. Inorganic Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.2c00442
Anderson, N. T., Wright, J. C., & Girolami, G. S. (2021). Synthesis and Characterization of Divalent Samarium and Thulium N, N-Dimethylaminodiboranates. Inorganic Chemistry, 60(15), 11164-11176. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c01139
Canova, K. L., Zhang, Z. V., Girolami, G. S., & Abelson, J. R. (2021). Superconformal growth and trench filling using a consumable inhibitor in chemical vapor deposition of Hf1-xVxBy. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films, 39(1), . https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0000640
Dunbar, A. C., Wright, J. C., Grant, D. J., & Girolami, G. S. (2021). X-ray Crystal Structure of Thorium Tetrahydroborate, Th(BH4)4, and Computational Studies of An(BH4)4(An = Th, U). Inorganic Chemistry, 60(16), 12489-12497. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c01710
Girolami, G. S., & Liu, S. (2021). Metal complexes for depositing films and method of making and using the same. (U.S. Patent No. 11008353).