Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame




Vlad Iluc

Office:  245 Nieuwland Science Hall

Phone:  574-631-4042


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Current Position
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Chicago
M.S., Chemistry, University of Chicago
B. S., Chemical Engineering, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Research Interests
The Iluc research group focuses on the activation of inert molecules with an emphasis on the functionalization of C–H bonds in a catalytic manner. These are imperative scientific problems since less expensive and more readily available feedstocks than those currently used could be employed to meet some of the energy demands of our society. In a broad sense, the group is interested in green chemistry both in its approach (catalysis) and emphasis on using inert substrates (activation of C-H bonds). The focus is on organometallic chemistry and especially on design of metal complexes that take advantage of latent reactivity. Two major areas are targeted: (1) the synthesis of electrophilic metal centers protected by weak interactions with a supporting ligand, and (2) the characterization of systems using metal-ligand cooperation. In the first area, goals include alkane dehydrogenation, C–C coupling of olefins with ketones and nitriles, the development of E–H (E = O, S, N, P) functionalization reactions, such as anti-Markovnikov olefin hydration, hydrothiolation, hydroamination, and hydrophosphorylation. The second project will be applied to water activation and oxygen formation without photolytic activation.

Key Words
Catalysis, Alkene Activation, Metal Complexes, Water Splitting, Renewable Energy, CO2 Activation

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. "Synthesis and Reactivity of a Nucleophilic Palladium(II) Carbene", Organometallics 2014, 33 (21), 6059–6064.
  2. "Ag(I) and Tl(I) Precursors as Transfer Agents of a Pyrrole-based Pincer Ligand to Late Transition Metals", Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 53 (23), 12360-12371.
  3.  "Flexible Coordination of Diphosphine Ligands Leading to cis and trans Pd(0), Pd(II), and Rh(I) Complexes" Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 53 (16), 8517-8528.
  4. "Coordination of a Hemilabile Pincer Ligand with an Olefinic Backbone to Mid-to-Late Transition Metals", Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 53 (14), 7248-7259.
  5. "Group 10 Metal Complexes Supported by a Pincer Ligand with an Olefinic Backbone", Organometallics 2014, 33 (10), 2565-2574.