Gregory S Girolami

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Professor Girolami received his B.S. degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Thereafter, he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow with Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College of Science and Technology, and joined the Illinois faculty in 1983.

Research Interests

synthesis of transition metal complexes and their use as catalysts, as precursors for the chemical vapor deposition of thin films, and as building blocks for novel magnetic materials; metal-organic chemical vapor deposition; organometallic chemistry and catalysis; synthesis of new molecular magnets

Professional Information

We are primarily interested in the synthesis, properties, and reactivity of new inorganic, organometallic, and solid state species. Much of our research relates to one of four areas: mechanistic studies of organometallic reactions such as the activation of alkanes, the synthesis of new "molecule-based" magnetic materials, the chemical vapor deposition of thin films from "designed" molecular precursors, and the design of an artificial photosynthetic center.

Honors & Awards

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
Sloan Foundation Fellowship
Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
University Scholar Award

Office Address

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
A526 CLSL, Box 4-6
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

A Brief History of Thermodynamics, As Illustrated by Books and People

Girolami, G. S., Feb 13 2020, In : Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data. 65, 2, p. 298-311 14 p.

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  • Enhanced Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Chemically Cross-Linked Carbon-Nanotube-Based Fibers and Their Application in High-Performance Supercapacitors

    Wang, G., Kim, S. K., Wang, M. C., Zhai, T., Munukutla, S., Girolami, G. S., Sempsrott, P. J., Nam, S., Braun, P. V. & Lyding, J. W., Jan 28 2020, In : ACS Nano. 14, 1, p. 632-639 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Low temperature chemical vapor deposition of superconducting molybdenum carbonitride thin films

    Mohimi, E., Canova, K., Zhang, Z., Liu, S., Mallek, J. L., Girolami, G. S. & Abelson, J. R., Mar 1 2019, In : Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films. 37, 2, 021503.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle