Gilliard Research Laboratory

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

Prof. Gilliard is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Clemson University where he was an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Prof. Rhett C. Smith. He earned his doctorate in chemistry at The University of Georgia working in the laboratory of Prof. Gregory H. Robinson. Gilliard was a Merck Postdoctoral Fellow and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow where he completed joint postdoctoral studies at both the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and Case Western Reserve University. As a part of this collaboration, he worked with Profs. Hansjörg Grützmacher and John Protasiewicz to synthesize highly reactive phosphorus species as new chemical synthons.

Gilliard joined the faculty at the University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2017 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2022. In the Fall of 2021 he was a Dr. Martin Luther King Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with the Cummins Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry.

Awards & Honors

2023        Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society
2022        Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Research, NOBCChE
2022        Research Excellence Award, University of Virginia 
2021        Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
2021-       International Advisory Board, Angewandte Chemie
2021        Guest Editor, Chemical Communications "Boron in the 21st Century"
2021        Beckman Young Investigator Award, Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation
2021        Dr. Martin Luther King Visiting Professorship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2021        3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
2021        Organometallics Distinguished Author Award 
2021        Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry 
2021        National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award 
2021        Negative Emissions Science Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award
2021        Thieme Chemistry Journals Award
2021-       Editorial Advisory Board, Chem Catalysis
2021-       Editorial Advisory Board, Inorganic Chemistry 
2020        Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) Talented 12, American Chemical Society 
2020        Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement 
2020        Journal of Materials Chemistry C Rising Star
2020        Guest Editor, Organometallics "Organometallic Chemistry of the Main-Group Elements"
2020        Chemistry-A European Journal Young Investigator
2019-       Advisory Board, Chemical Communications
2019        Chemical & Engineering News Editors Choice Must-See Speaker (ACS Meeting)
2019        Inorganic Chemistry Emerging Investigator 
2016        CAS/SciFinder Future Leader in Chemistry Award
2016        Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” in Science
2015        Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (National Academies) 
2014        UNCF / MERCK Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship 
2014        Carl Storm Fellowship (Gordon Research Conference)
2014        American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award 
2013        Martin Reynolds Smith Prize (Best Research Publication) – U. of Georgia
2013        Member of the United States Delegation to the Nobel Laureate Meeting (ORAU)
2013         Graduate Research Spotlight Honoree, Georgia Local ACS Section
2013        Chemistry Department Excellence in Teaching Award – U. of Georgia
2012        The University of Georgia Teaching Portfolio Program Scholar
2010, 2012    Graduate School Outstanding Teaching Award – U. of Georgia

*See CV for complete list

Invited Lectures and Departmental Seminars

Upcomping Lectures

88. Gordon Research Conference - Photochemistry (Invited Speaker – Optical Materials), August 2023.

87. ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium (Keynote Speaker), July 2023

86. CCCE 2023 – Main-Group Chemistry Session – Invited Speaker, June 2023

85. Gordon Research Conference - Organometallics (Invited Speaker – Main-Group), July 2023

84. Boston University – Departmental Seminar, May 2023

83. University of California, Riverside – April 2023

82. University of South Carolina – Departmental Seminar, March 24, 2023.

81. Gordon Research Conference – Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms (Invited Speaker, March 2023)

80. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – John C. and Florence Bailar Endowed – Emerging Leaders in Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, April 4, 2023

79. International Conference on Main-Group Synthesis and Catalysis, India (Invited) – February 2023

78. Columbia University – Departmental Seminar, December 2022. 

77. Royal Society of Chemistry Dalton Meeting – Plenary Lecture (London, UK), November 2022.

76. Virginia Tech – Gladys Yee Peng Endowed Lectureship, November 2022 

Completed

75. Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation – October 2022

74. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – Departmental Seminar, September 12, 2022

73. Packard Foundation, September 2022

72. Duquesne University – Departmental Seminar – August 2022.

71. ACS Chicago – George A. Olah Award Symposium in Honor of T. Brent Gunnoe, August 2022.

70. ACS Chicago – International Crossroads of Organometallic and Group V Chemistry, August 2022.

69. Texas A&M Inaugural ADSE Lecture – August 15, 2022

68. 29th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry – Prague (Keynote Speaker), July 2022.

67. Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, July 2022

66. Boron in the Americas (BORAM), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, June 2022.

65. 2022 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Study Camper Speaker, June 2022.

64. Fusion Small Molecule Activation Conference – Cancun, Mexico, May 2022.

63. Yale University – Departmental Seminar, May 2022

62. University of California, Irvine (Black in Physical Sciences Lecture-Student Invited), May 2022

61. University of Missouri – Keynote Address (Mizzou Forward), April 2022.

60. Colorado School of the Mines – Departmental Seminar, April 2022.

59. University of California, Los Angeles – Departmental Seminar, April 2022.

58. ACS Hawthorne Award Symposium in Honor Philip Power, San Diego, CA, March 2022

57. ACS Organometallics Distinguished Author Award Lectureship, San Diego, CA, March 2022

56. University of Minnesota – Departmental Seminar, March 2022.

55. University of Washington – Inorganic Seminar, March 2022.

54. University of Washington – Career Development Seminar, February 2022.

53. University of California, Berkeley – Inorganic Seminar, February 2022.

52. University of Eastern Africa, Barton – Seminar and Career Lecture – February 2022.

51. Penn State University – NOBCChE Career Lecture – February 2022. 

50. Baylor University – Departmental Seminar, February 2022.

49. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI – Departmental Seminar, January 2022.

48. Boston College – Inorganic Seminar, November 2021.

47. New York University – Inorganic Seminar, November 2021.

46. Southwestern Regional Meeting of the ACS, Austin, TX (Invited Speaker), October 2021

45. Rutgers University – Departmental Seminar, October 2021.

44. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Career Lecture, November 2021.

43. ChemCatChem and Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. Main-Group Catalysis Symposium, September 2021.

42. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Departmental Seminar, September 2021.

41. Case Western Reserve University – Departmental Seminar, September 2021

40. IUPAC-CCCE 2021 (Invited Speaker – Main-Group Session), August 2021.

39. Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea) – Departmental Seminar, May 2021.

38. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland) – Departmental Seminar, April 2021. 

37. Tel Aviv University (Israel) – Departmental Seminar, April 2021.

36. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI – Departmental Seminar, April 2021.

35. University of Bath (United Kingdom) – Departmental Seminar, April 2021.

34. University of Texas, San Antonio, TX – Departmental Seminar, April 2021.

33. Texas State University, San Marcos, TX – Departmental Seminar, March 2021. 

32. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN – Inorganic Seminar, March 2021.

31. Amherst University, Amherst, MA – Departmental Seminar, February 2021.

30. York University (Ontario, Canada) – Departmental Seminar, February 2021.

29. Western University (Ontario, Canada) – Departmental Seminar, February 2021.

28. Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS – Departmental Seminar, January 2021.

27. University of California, San Diego, CA – Inorganic Seminar, January 2021.

26. Clemson University, Clemson, SC – Departmental Seminar, December 2020. 

25. North Carolina State University – Departmental Seminar, Raleigh, NC, October 2020. 

24. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH – Departmental Seminar, September 2020.

23. University of Virginia Chemical Engineering Departmental Seminar, September 2020.

22. ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Webinar - Periodic Table Talks, September 2020. 

21. Royal Society of Chemistry Main-Group Seminar, April 2020.

20. Global Inorganic Discussion Seminar, April 2020.

19. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN – Departmental Seminar, January 2020.

18. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD – Departmental Seminar, December 2019.

17. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX – Inorganic Seminar, November 2019.

16. University of Houston, Houston, TX – Inorganic Seminar, November 2019.

15. Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia – Departmental Seminar, October 2019.

14. Ford Foundation Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2019. 

13. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Chattanooga TN – Department Seminar, October 2019. 

12. ACS National Meeting San Diego, FL, United States August 2019.

11. International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2019.

10. ACS National Meeting Orlando, FL, United States April 2019.

9. Juniata College, Huntington, PA, United States, September 2018. 

8. Ford Foundation, Washington, DC, United States, April, 2018.

7. Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC, United States, April, 2018.