Professor Iluc studied chemistry at University Politehnica of Bucharest. In 2002, he started his PhD career at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the guidance of Professor Gregory Hillhouse. His research focused on metal-ligand multiple bonds in nickel complexes supported by chelating bisphosphine ligands. During 2008-2011, Dr Iluc was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology; there he worked with Professor Robert Grubbs and focused on C-H activation reactions catalyzed by iridium complexes. He joined the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at University of Notre Dame in summer 2011.
The Iluc research group focuses on the activation and functionalization of inert molecules, with an emphasis on C–H bonds. These are imperative scientific problems since less expensive and more readily available feedstocks could be employed to meet some of today's energy demands.The approach used by the Iluc group is the design of metal complexes that take advantage of latent reactivity: either electrophilic metal centers protected by weak interactions with a supporting ligand or that arising from metal-ligand cooperation. The group will span synthesis, characterization, and mechanistic studies with an emphasis on the understanding of reactivity and design of new catalytic cycles.
V. M. Iluc, C. A. Laskowski, C. K. Brozek, N. D. Harrold and G. L. Hillhouse "Monomeric and Dimeric Disulfide Complexes of Nickel(II)" Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49(15), 6817-6819.Link
V. M. Iluc, A. J. M. Miller, J. S. Anderson, M. J. Monreal, M. P. Mehn and G. L. Hillhouse "Synthesis and Characterization of Three-Coordinate Ni(III)-Imide Complexes" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133(33), 13055-13063.Link
V. M. Iluc and G. L. Hillhouse "Hydrogen-Atom Abstraction from Ni(I) Phosphido and Amido Complexes Gives Phosphinidene and Imide Ligands" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132(43), 15148-15150.Link
V. M. Iluc, C. A. Laskowski and G. L. Hillhouse "Synthesis of Bis(phosphine) and N-Heterocyclic Carbene Supported α- Diazoalkyl Complexes of Copper(I)" Organometallics 2009, 28(20), 6135–6138.Link
V. M. Iluc, A. J. M. Miller and G. L. Hillhouse "Synthesis and characterization of side-bound aryldiazo and end-bound nitrosyl complexes of nickel." Chem. Commun. 2005, 5091-5093.Link
V. M. Iluc and G. L. Hillhouse "Arrested 1,2-Hydrogen Migration from Silicon to Nickel upon Oxidation of a Three-Coordinate Ni(I) Silyl Complex" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132(34), 11890-11892.Link