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Chemistry Department Welcomes Visiting Professor Robert J. Gilliard

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Gilliard, a member of the University of Virginia faculty, will be in residence as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor through the end of this year.

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to welcome Professor Robert J. Gilliard as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor. A member of the faculty at the University of Virginia (UVA), Gilliard will be in residence at MIT for the remainder of the year.

Gilliard earned his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in 2009, and his PhD from the University of Georgia in 2014. Gilliard completed joint postdoctoral studies at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and Case Western Reserve University, and joined the UVA faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2017. His research is multidisciplinary and combines various aspects of organic, inorganic, main-group, and materials chemistry. At UVA, the Gilliard Group develops novel synthetic methods to access molecules that are relevant to a wide range of energy-related problems. Gilliard is best known for his creative synthetic chemistry involving main group elements in unusual oxidation states or bonding arrangements, with applications to energy storage and catalysis.