Vlad Iluc

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Admissions

258 Stepan Chemistry
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-4042


Research Areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Research Specialties

  • Energy
  • Synthesis

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Year Title
2017-present Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
2011-2017 Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
2008-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
2009 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Chicago
2003 M.S. in Chemistry, The University of Chicago
2000 B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Selected Awards

2016   NSF CAREER Award

2016   ChemComm Emerging Investigator

2016   Dalton Transactions New Talent Americas across academia and US national laboratories

2016   Inorganica Chimica Acta Next Generation

2008-2011   BP Postdoctoral Fellowship

2002-2004   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.

Selected Publications

  • Hoffbauer, M. R. and Iluc, V. M. "[2+2] Cycloadditions with an Iron Carbene: A Critical Step in Enyne Metathesis" 2021 Journal of the American Chemical Society, 143 (15), pp.5592-5597. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c12175.
  • Cui, P.; Hoffbauer, M. R.; Vyushkova, M. and Iluc, V. M. "Oxidation Reactions of a Nucleophilic Palladium Carbene: Mono and Bi-Radical Carbenes" 2019 Dalton Transactions, 48 (26), pp.9663-9668. DOI: 10.1039/c9dt00585d.
  • Deziel, A. P.; Hoffbauer, M. R. and Iluc, V. M. "Square Planar Nucleophilic and Radical Pt(II) Carbenes" 2019 Organometallics, 38 (4), pp.879-887. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00864.
  • Hoffbauer, M. R.; Comanescu, C. C. and Iluc, V. M. "Reactivity of a Pd(II) Carbene Towards 2,6-Dimesitylphenyldiazomethane and 2,6-Dimesitylphenylazide" 2019 Polyhedron, 158, pp.352-356. DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2018.11.002.
  • Hoffbauer, M. R.; Comanescu, C. C.; Dymm, B. J. and Iluc, V. M. "Influence of the Leaving Group on C-H Activation Pathways in Palladium Pincer Complexes" 2018 Organometallics, 37 (13), pp.2086-2094. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00237.
  • Comanescu, C. C. and Iluc, V. M. "E-H (E = N, O) Bond Activation by a Nucleophilic Palladium Carbene" 2018 Polyhedron, 143 pp.176-183. DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2017.10.007.