Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gregory S. Girolami

William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor

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.


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.


Yang, Y.; Jayaraman, S.; Sperling, B.; Kim, D. Y.; Girolami, G. S.; Abelson, J. R.  "In-Situ Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Analyses of Hafnium Diboride Thin Films Deposited by Single-Source Chemical Vapor Deposition," J. Vac. Sci. Tech. A 2007, 25, 200.

Holmes, S. M.; Whelpley, A. S.; Girolami, G. S. "Nanocomposite of a Chromium Prussian Blue with TiO2.  Redox Reactions and the Synthesis of Prussian Blue Molecule-Based Magnets," Polyhedron 2007, 26, 2291.

Gross, C. L.; Girolami, G. S.  "Synthesis and Characterization of Osmium Polyhydrides. X-ray Crystal Structures of (C5Me5)OsH5 and (C5Me5)2Os2H4,"  Organometallics 2007, 26, 160.

Spencer, M. D.; Shelby, Q. D.; Girolami, G. S. "Titanium-Catalyzed Dehydrocoupling of Silanes:  Direct Conversion of Primary Monosilanes to Titanium(0) Oligosilane Complexes with Agostic α-Si-H•••Ti Interactions," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 1860.

Gross, C. L.; Brumaghim, J. L.; Girolami, G. S.  "Synthesis and Reactivity of the Osmium(III) Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl Complex (C5Me5)2Os2Br4.  X-ray Crystal Structures of (C5Me5)2Os2Br4, (C5Me5)2Os2(μ-O)Br4, and (C5Me5)2Os2(μ-NPh)2Br2," Organometallics 2007, 26, 2258. 

Gross, C. L.; Girolami, G. S. "Synthesis and NMR Studies of [(C5Me5)Os(L)H2(H2)+] Complexes.  Evidence of the Adoption of Different Structures by a Dihydrogen Complex in Solution and the Solid State," Organometallics 2007, 26, 1658.

Harada, Y.; Girolami, G. S. "Synthesis and Crystal Structures of the Chromium(II) and Chromium(III) Hexafluoroacetylacetonate Complexes trans-Cr(hfac)2(thf)2 and Cr(hfac)3," Polyhedron 2007, 26, 1758.

Goedde, D. M.; Windler, G. K.; Girolami, G. S. "Synthesis and Characterization of the Homoleptic Octahydrotriborate Complex Cr(B3H8)2 and its Lewis Base Adducts," Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 2814.

Noh, W. T.; Girolami, G. S. "X-ray Crystal Structure of the Tetra(tert-butyl)erbate Anion and Attempts to Prepare Tetravalent Organolanthanide Complexes," Polyhedron 2007, 26, 3865.

Kumar, N.; Yang, Y.; Noh, W. T.; Girolami, G. S.; Abelson, J. R. "Titanium Diboride Thin Films By Low Temperature Chemical Vapor Deposition from the Single Source Precursor Ti(BH4)3(1,2-dimethoxyethane)," Chem. Mater. 2007, 19, 3802.

Lazarz, T. S.; Yang, Y.; Kumar, N.; Kim, D. Y.; Noh, W.; Girolami, G. S.; Abelson, J. R. "Low Temperature CVD of Ru from C6H8Ru(CO)3," Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 2007, 990, 103.

Kim, D. Y.; Yang, Y.; Abelson, J. R.; Girolami, G. S. "Volatile Magnesium Octahydrotriborate Complexes as Potential CVD Precursors to MgB2. Synthesis and Characterization of Mg(B3H8)2 and its Etherates," Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 9060.

Noh, W.; Girolami, G. S. "Synthesis and Characterization of the Cycloheptatrienyl Tantalum Mixed Sandwich Compounds (C5R5)Ta(C7H7)," Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 535.

Jeffries, P. M.; Ellenwood, R. E.; Girolami, G. S. "Anionic Ruthenium(II) Alkyls with Ancillary Diene and Dienyl Ligands: Synthesis and Structures of [(η22-C7H8)RuMe4]2- and [(η32-C8H11)RuMe3]2-," Inorg, Chim. Acta 2008, 361, 3165.

Morse, P. M.; Shelby, Q. D.; Kim, D. Y.; Girolami. G. S. "Ethylene Complexes of the Early Transition Metals. Crystal Structures of [HfEt4(C2H4)2-] and the Negative Oxidation State Species [TaHEt(C2H4)33-] and [WH(C2H4)43-]," Organometallics 2008, 27, 984.

Kim, D. Y.; You, Y.; Girolami, G. S. "Synthesis and Crystal Structures of Two (Cyclopentadienyl) ­titanium(III) Hydroborate Complexes, [Cp*TiCl(BH4)]2 and Cp2Ti(B3H8)," J. Organomet. Chem. 2008, 693, 981.

You, Y.; Wilson, S. R.; Girolami, G. S. "Mono(cyclopentadienyl)titanium(II) Complexes with Hydride, Alkyl, and Tetrahydroborate Ligands: Synthesis, Crystal Structures, and Ethylene Oligomerization Catalysis," Organometallics 2008, 27, 3172.

Noh, W.; Girolami, G. S. "Mono(cycloheptatrienyl) Tantalum Chemistry. Synthesis and Characterization of New Tantalum Halide, Hydride, and Alkyl Species," Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 10682.

Kumar, N.; Yanguas-Gil, A.; Daly, S. R.; Girolami, G. S.; Abelson, J. R. "Growth Inhibition to Enhance Conformal Coverage in Thin Film Chemical Vapor Deposition," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 17660.

Reiff, W. M.; Schulz, C. E.; Whangbo, M.-H.; Seo, J. I.; Lee, Y. S.; Potratz, G. R.; Spicer, C. W.; Girolami, G. S. "Consequences of a Linear Two Coordinate Geometry for the Orbital Magnetism and Jahn-Teller Distortion Behavior of the High Spin Iron(II) Complex Fe[N(t-Bu)2]2," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 404.


Professor Girolami has received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and a University Scholar Award.



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