Gilliard Research Laboratory

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

During her time at WVWC, Kelsie synthesized carbon monoxide releasing molecules with interesting therapeutic applications under the supervision of Prof. Joanna R. Webb. Outside of Wesleyan, she prepared high density foam samples for the deactivation and decommission of radioactive waste for Dr. Aaron L. Washington, II, PMP, who leads the Advanced Characterization and Processing Group at the Savannah River National Laboratory.  In addition, she participated in an REU at West Virginia University synthesizing natural product indole derivatives for Prof. Björn Söderberg. Her thesis work in the Gilliard lab focuses on the synthesis of novel hybrid inorganic-organic molecules for materials applications.


1) Wentz, K. E.; Molino, A.; Weisflog, S. L.; Kaur, A.; Dickie, D. A.; Wilson, D. J. D.; Gilliard, Jr. R. J. Stabilization of the Elusive 9-Carbene-9-Borafluorene Monoanion. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202103628

2) Krantz, K. E.; Weisflog, S. L.; Frey, N. C.; Yang, W.; Dickie, D. A.; Webster, C. E.; Gilliard, R. J. Jr., Planar, Stair-stepped, and Twisted: Modulating Structure and Photophysics in Pyrene- and Benzene-Fused N-Heterocyclic Boranes. Chem. Eur. J. 2020, DOI: 10.1002/chem.202002118

3) Krantz, K. E., Weisflog, S. L., Yang, W., Dickie, D. A., Frey, N. C., Webster, C. E., Gilliard, Jr. R. J. Extremely Twisted and Bent Pyrene-Fused N-Heterocyclic Germylenes. Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 14954-14957.

Awards & Honors

GSAS Teaching Relief Fellowship (2021), ACS Women Chemists Committee/Eli Lilly Travel Award (2019), Outstanding Senior Chemist (WVWC, 2017); Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh’s College Chemistry Award (2017); Outstanding Laboratory Assistant (WVWC, 2016); Magna Cum Laude Latin Honors