Vlad M. Iluc

Vlad M. Iluc

Organometallic Synthesis and Catalysis


Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Chicago
M.S. in Chemistry, The University of Chicago
B. S. in Chemical Engineering, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Selected Awards

BP Postdoctoral Fellowship
McCormick Graduate Fellowship

Research Interests

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.

Recent Papers

  • Vilanova, S.P.; Iluc, V.M. "Aryl and Benzyl C-H Activation of N-Substituted PNP Ligands." Organometallics 2016, 35(12), 2110-2123.
  • Comanescu, C.C.; Iluc, V.M. "E-H (E=B, Si, Ge) bond activation of pinacolborane, silanes, and germanes by nucleophilic palladium carbene complexes." Chem. Commun. 2016, 52(58), 9048-9051.
  • Cui, P.; Hoffbauer, M.R.; Vyushkova, M.; Iluc, V.M. "Heterobimetallic Pd-K carbene complexes via one-electron reductions of palladium radical carbenes." Chem. Sci. 2016, 7(7), 4444-4452.
  • Cui, P.; Babbini, D.C.; Iluc, V.M. "C-H activation of ethers by pyridine tethered PCsp3P-type iridium complexes." Dalton T. 2016, 45(24), 10007-10016.
  • Comanescu, C.C.; Iluc, V.M. "C-H Activation Reactions of a Nuclephilic Palladium Carbene." Organometallics 2015, 34(19), 4684-4692.
  • Babbini, D.C.; Iluc, V.M. "Iridium PCsp3P-type Complexes with a Hemilabile Anisole Tether." Organometallics 2015, 34(13), 3141-3151.

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