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 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 August 2017. 

Awards & Honors

2021             Beckman Young Investigator Award (Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation)
2021             Dr. Martin Luther King Visiting Professorship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2021             Organometallics Distinguished Author Award 
2021             3M Non-Tenured Faculty 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 Journal Award (early contributions to synthetic chemistry)
2021-            Editorial Advisory Board - Inorganic Chemistry (American Chemical Society) 
2021-            Editorial Advisory Board - Chem Catalysis (Cell Press)
2020             Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) Talented 12 (American Chemical Society)
2020             Scialog Fellow (Negative Emissions Scinece), Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement 
2020             Journal of Materials Chemistry C Rising Star
2020-            Advisory Board - Chemical Communications (Royal Society of Chemistry)
2020             Organometallics Guest Editor, Organometallic Chemistry of the Main-Group Elements
2020             Chemistry-A European Journal Young Investigator
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 Fellow (National Academy of Sciences) ($45,000)
2014             UNCF / MERCK Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship ($98,000)
2014             Carl Storm Fellowship (Gordon Research Conference)
2014             Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award (American Chemical Society)
2013             Martin Reynolds Smith Prize (Best Research Publication) – U. of Georgia
2013             Member of the United States Delegation to the Nobel Laureate Meeting
2013             Graduate Research Spotlight Honoree
2013             Chemistry Department Excellence in Teaching Award – U. of Georgia
2012             The University of Georgia Teaching Portfolio Program, Certificate
2010             “Top 40” List of Outstanding Young Alumni in Science and Engineering – Clemson U.
2010, 2012   Graduate School Outstanding Teaching Award – U. of Georgia

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Recent Invited Lectures

Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea), May 2021.
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland), April 2021. 
Tel Aviv University (Israel), April 2021.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, April 2021.
University of Bath (United Kingdom), April 2021.
University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, April 2021.
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, March 2021. 
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2021.
Amherst University, Amherst, MA, February 2021.
York University (Ontario, Canada), February 2021.
Western University (Ontario, Canada), February 2021.
Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, January 2021.
University of California, San Diego, CA, January 2021.
Clemson University, Clemson, SC, December 2020. 
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, October 2020. 
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 2020.
University of Virginia (Chemical Engineering), Charlottesville, VA, September 2020.
ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Webinar - Periodic Table Talks, September 2020. 
Royal Society of Chemistry Main-Group Seminar, April 2020.
Global Inorganic Discussion Seminar, April 2020.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, January 2020.
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, December 2019.
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, November 2019.
University of Houston, Houston, TX, November 2019.
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2019.
Ford Foundation Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2019. 
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Chattanooga TN October 2019. 
ACS National Meeting San Diego, FL, United States August 2019.
International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2019.
ACS National Meeting Orlando, FL, United States April 2019.
Juniata College, Huntington, PA, United States, September 2018. 
Ford Foundation, Washington, DC, United States, April, 2018.
Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC, United States, April, 2018.

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