Gilliard Research Laboratory

Synthetic Chemistry: Main-Group & Organometallic Chemistry, Bond Activation & Catalysis, Hybrid Materials


Jordan Receives ACS Scholars Program Award

Thu, 06/09/2022

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.

Kelsie Wins 2022 Adam Ritchie Award for Outstanding Graduate Student

Sat, 02/19/2022

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!


Caleb Wins ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award

Fri, 02/18/2022

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.

Kim Wins ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Award

Fri, 02/11/2022

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.

Kelsie Wins ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award

Thu, 02/10/2022

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.

Gilliard Receives UVA Research Excellence Award

Wed, 02/09/2022

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.

Gilliard Awarded Packard Fellowship

Fri, 10/15/2021

Professor Gilliard has been awarded an $875,000 Packard Fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation! See article in UVA Today!

Kelsie Wins First Prize at UVA Poster Session

Thu, 08/12/2021

Congratulations to Kelsie Wentz who won first prize at the UVA Department of Chemistry Poster Symposium for rising 5th year graduate students!

Gilliard Awarded Beckman Young Investigator Grant

Thu, 06/03/2021

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".

Borafluorene Anion Angewandte Chemie "Hot Paper" Highlighted

Thu, 05/06/2021

Kelsie Wentz leads a study on 9-carbene-9-borafluorene anions which has been published in Angewandte Chemie as a "Hot Paper". The work has been highlighted in ChemistryViewsScienceDaily,, and EurekaAlert.

Gilliard Named MIT Dr. Martin Luther King Visiting Professor

Thu, 05/06/2021

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.

Jacob Walley Receives 2021 ACS DIC Young Investigator Award

Fri, 03/26/2021

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.

Kim Hollister Awarded Jefferson Scholars Foundation Research Prize

Mon, 03/22/2021

Congratulations to Kim Hollister for receiving a Jefferson Scholars Foundation Research Prize for her boron materials proposal!

Kelsie Wentz Awarded UVA's GSAS Teaching Relief Fellowship

Mon, 03/22/2021

Congratulations to Kelsie Wentz on being awarded a Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Relief Fellowship!

Gilliard Receives 2021 Organometallics Distinguished Author Award

Fri, 03/12/2021

Prof. Gilliard receives the 2021 Organometallics Distinguished Author Award. Read the announcement and intererview on ACS Axial!


Gilliard Receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

Tue, 03/09/2021

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.

Nula Jones Receives Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

Sat, 02/20/2021

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.

Gilliard Awarded 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

Wed, 02/17/2021

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.

Gilliard Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Tue, 02/09/2021

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

Gilliard Receives Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award Funding

Tue, 01/26/2021

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.

Beryllium Imido Highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News

Mon, 01/25/2021

Wilson and Jacob's Be=N work is highlighed in C&EN

Jacob Publishes Bismaalkene Cations in Angewandte Chemie

Mon, 12/21/2020

Jacob leads a study on carbodicarbene bismaalkene cations, now published in Angewandte Chemie!

Gilliard Joins Inorganic Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board

Sun, 12/20/2020

Prof. Gilliard joins the Editorial Advisory Board at Inorganic Chemistry (ACS Publications)!

Gilliard Receives 2021 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award

Sun, 12/20/2020

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 SYNTHESISSYNLETT, and SYNFACTS who constantly watch out for promising, young individuals working in chemical synthesis and catalysis or closely related areas of organic chemistry."

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Grant Awarded

Thu, 10/29/2020

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.