Research in the Gilroy Group

Gilroy Group Research

Research in the Gilroy group focuses on the design and synthesis of organic, inorganic, and polymeric materials with interesting charge transport, redox, and absorption/emission (dye) properties.  We aim to enable new applications by breaking down barriers associated with the perceived barriers of chemical synthesis and wish to exploit the properties and self-organization behavior of the materials we synthesize in a variety of applications including those based on nano-, bio-, and alternative energy technologies. Members of the Gilroy group will work in a highly multidisciplinary environment.  The ability to synthesize (and characterize) a wide range of molecular and macromolecular materials, including air- and moisture-sensitive examples, will be complemented by exposure to high-tech materials characterization techniques and applications.  Examples of such methodologies include: electrochemistry, electron and atomic force microscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), absorption/emission spectroscopy, X-ray scattering and crystallography techniques, and DFT calculations.  For more details concerning ongoing projects, please see below or contact Dr. Gilroy.
2)  The exploratory coordination chemistry (main group and transition metal) of heteroatom-rich ligands, including formazanates. This project is focused on the synthesis of structurally diverse ligands and complexes with tunable electronic, optical, and redox properties and the incorporation of the resulting coordination complexes into novel functional polymer architectures.
1)  Development of novel dyes that absorb and emit in the far red and near IR regions for use in biomedical diagnostics and theraputics. We have specifically developed disease-targeting fluorescence cell imaging agents and others have leveraged our discoveries for brain imaging and cancer theranostics.

Current Projects

3)  Investigations of the effects of extended pi-conjugation on the properties of boron difluoride formazanate dyes. Using our synthetic expertise we generate new molecular materials that push the traditional boundaries of this field and evaluate their properties and use as the functional components of organic electronics. 

Collaborative Research

The Gilroy group thrives in interdisciplinary research environments and is actively engaged in several collaborative projects ranging from the development of coatings for the protection of metal-based infrastructure to the development of novel approaches for next-generation intrauterine devices (IUDs). Please contact Dr. Gilroy if you are interested in establishing a new collaboration.