Gilliard Research Laboratory

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

Lucas began undergraduate research at the College of Charleston working in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Himes where he studied titanium-mediated reductive coupling reactions of deactivated imines. He also participated in an NSF REU program at the University of Bristol where he worked with Prof. Robin Bedford’s group studying the mechanisms of iron-catalyzed Kumada couplings. He spent his senior year working in the physical chemistry lab of Prof. Dave Boucher at the College of Charleston, studying the solution-phase aggregation behavior of p-doped poly(3-hexylthiophene) with a range of different spectroscopic techniques. His thesis work focuses on carbene-s-block chemistry for applications in solid-state hydrogen storage and carbon dioxide reduction.

Lead-Author Publications

[1] Freeman, L. A.; Walley, J. E.; Dickie D. A.; Gilliard, R. J.; Low-nuclearity magnesium hydride complexes stabilized by N-heterocyclic carbenes. Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 17174-17178.

[2] Freeman, L. A.; Walley, J. E.; Obi, A. D.; Wang, G.; Dickie, D. A.; Molino, A.; Wilson, D. J. D.; Gilliard, Jr. R. J. Stepwise Reduction at Magnesium and Beryllium: Cooperative Effects of Carbenes with Redox Non-Innocent α-Diimines. Inorg. Chem. 2019. 58, 10554-10568. – Invited Forum Article as part of Special Issue: Celebrating the Year of the Periodic Table: Emerging Investigators in Inorganic Chemistry

[3] Lieske, L. E.;* Freeman, L. A.;* Wang, G.; Dickie, D. A.; Gilliard, R. J., Jr.; Machan, C. W., Metal-Free Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Mediated by Cyclic(Alkyl)(Amino) Carbenes. Chemistry 2019, 25, 6098-6101. *Equal Contribution

[4] Freeman, L.; Miller, P.; Sapolsky, M.; Boucher, D., p-Doping Poly(3-hexylthiophene) in Solvent Mixtures. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2018, 1800146.

Awards & Honors

Mary Anderson Harrison Fellow - Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Honorable Mention - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Advancement to Ph.D. Candidacy with Distinction, American Institute of Chemists Student Award in Chemistry; Departmental Honors; Major Fields Test Award (99th percentile); Cum Laude Latin Honors