Jordan Baker, a rising 4th year student from Richmond, Virginia and undergraduate researcher in the Gilliard lab, has been selected to receive an American Chemical Society Scholars Program Award! Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000 per academic year. Jordan joined the lab in 2021 where she has been working on boron heterocycles. During the summer of 2022, Jordan is studying abroad in Oropos, Greece.
The Graduate Studies Committee has selected Kelsie Wentz as the 2021-2022 Adam Ritchie Outstanding Graduate Student Award winner! The award comes with a $2000 honorarium. Kelsie also recently received an American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award to present her research at the San Diego ACS meeting!
Congratulations to Calab Taylor on being awarded an American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award! Caleb will present his research at the Spring ACS Meeting in San Diego.
Congratulations to Kim Hollister on winning a $1000 ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Award, sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company! Kim will present her boron research at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego.
Congratulations to Kelsie Wentz on receiving an American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award! Kelsie will present her boron chemistry research at the ACS meeting in San Diego.
Prof. Gilliard has been selected to receive a UVA Research Excellence Award! This award is bestowed upon professors with less than 10 years of service who have generated sufficient volume of scholarship of high quality and are emerging in their fields as leaders and acknowledged as such by their peers. The Research Achievement Awards aim to recognize faculty for their excellence in research and scholarship leading to the advancement of knowledge in their own fields and discoveries with significant impact on society.
Congratulations to Kelsie Wentz who won first prize at the UVA Department of Chemistry Poster Symposium for rising 5th year graduate students!
Prof. Gilliard has received a $600,000 Beckman Young Investigator Award from the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation for the project “Coordination Chemistry Approaches to the Design of Thermochromic and Thermoluminescent Materials".
Prof. Gilliard has been awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Visiting Professorship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and will spend part of the 2021-2022 academic year in residence in the Department of Chemistry, hosted by the Cummins Laboratory.
Congratulations to Jacob Walley on receiving a 2021 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award! Jacob will give a talk on his gradaute work in the symposium honoring award recipeints at the upcoming Fall American Chemical Society meeting.
Congratulations to Kim Hollister for receiving a Jefferson Scholars Foundation Research Prize for her boron materials proposal!
Congratulations to Kelsie Wentz on being awarded a Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Relief Fellowship!
Prof. Gilliard receives the 2021 Organometallics Distinguished Author Award. Read the announcement and intererview on ACS Axial!
Gilliard receives a 3-year $15,000/year Non-Tenured Faculty Award for the developement of light-emitting boracyclic materials. This award is administered by 3M’s Research and Development Community in partnership with 3Mgives and recognizes outstanding faculty who have been nominated by 3M researchers and selected based on your research, experience and academic leadership.
Congratulations to Nula Jones who has received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award in the amount of $5,000. The University of Virginia's Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out in the summer following application for the award and the subsequent academic year. During the summer Nula will synthesize new boron-based materials.
Prof. Gilliard has been awarded a 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry! UVA College of Arts & Sciences covers the story: A&S News.
The NSF Chemistry Division Chemical Synthesis Program awards Prof. Gilliard an NSF CAREER Award to work on "Boracycles with Unusual Bonding as Creative Strategies for Main-Group Functional Materials." Read the article by UVA News: Chemist’s Study of Light-Producing Molecules Earns Him the NSF’s Coveted CAREER Award
Profs. Robert Gilliard (Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia), Wilson Smith (Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder), and David Kwabi (Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan) have received a $165,000 team award to support a project on "Electrochemically Driven Reactive Capture of CO2 from Air Using Azolium-Carboxylates." The Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Thistledown Foundation have made awards totaling $1,155,000 to eight multidisciplinary teams from the United States and Canada in the inaugural year of Scialog: Negative Emissions Science. The initiative, cosponsored by RCSA and Sloan, brought together more than 50 researchers from a variety of disciplines to propose cutting-edge research in the design of novel approaches for removing and utilizing or sequestering greenhouse gases. Read the full article on RCSA News.
Wilson and Jacob's Be=N work is highlighed in C&EN!
Jacob leads a study on carbodicarbene bismaalkene cations, now published in Angewandte Chemie!
Prof. Gilliard joins the Editorial Advisory Board at Inorganic Chemistry (ACS Publications)!
Prof. Gilliard receives a 2021 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award: "The Thieme Chemistry Journals Award is presented every year to up-and-coming researchers worldwide who are in the early stages of their independent academic career as assistant or junior professors. The awardees are selected exclusively by the editorial board members of SYNTHESIS, SYNLETT, and SYNFACTS who constantly watch out for promising, young individuals working in chemical synthesis and catalysis or closely related areas of organic chemistry."
We have been awarded an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) grant to study electrophilic bismuth complexes for energy-relevant C-H bond activation.