Professor Girolami received his B.S. degrees in chemistry and physics
from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Thereafter, he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow with Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College of Science
and Technology, and joined the Illinois faculty in 1983. Professor Girolami has received the Office of Naval
Research Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and a University
Scholar Award. He also has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Current Research We are primarily interested in the synthesis, properties, and reactivity of new inorganic,
organometallic, and solid state species. Much of our research relates to one of four areas: mechanistic studies
of organometallic reactions such as the activation of saturated alkanes, the synthesis of new "molecule-based"
magnetic materials, and the chemical vapor deposition of thin films from "designed" molecular precursors. For more information about research in the Girolami group,