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

ChemComm Emerging Investigator
Dalton Transactions New Talent Americas across academia and US national laboratories
Inorganica Chimica Acta Next Generation
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

  • Hoffbauer, M.R., Comanescu, C.C., Dymm, B.J., 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., 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
  • Rothstein, P.E., Comanescu, C.C., Iluc, V.M. "Formation of Palladium η2-Bound Chalcogenoketones across a Pd+−C− Bond" 2017 Chemistry - A European Journal, 23 (67), pp. 16948-16952. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201703553
  • Holland, A.M., Oliver, A.G., Iluc, V.M. "Iron pyrrole-based PNP pincer ligand complexes as catalyst precursors" 2017 Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry, 73 (7), pp. 569-574. DOI: 10.1107/S2053229617009287
  • Barrett, B.J., Iluc, V.M. "An Adaptable Chelating Diphosphine Ligand for the Stabilization of Palladium and Platinum Carbenes" 2017 Organometallics, 36 (3), pp. 730-741. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00924
  • Kessler, J.A., Iluc, V.M. "NI(II) phosphine and phosphide complexes supported by a PNP-pyrrole pincer ligand" 2017 Dalton Transactions, 46 (36), pp. 12125-12131. DOI: 10.1039/c7dt02784b

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