Designing Thermochemical and Botanically Inspired Syntheses of Inorganic Materials for Energy and Catalytic Applications

Welcome to the Gillan Group's Research Program

in Inorganic Materials Chemistry

See what the Gillan Lab is cooking up these days!

Come see what inorganic materials we are cooking up these days!    

Gillan Group 2021
             Janaka Abeysinghe                Ishanka Liyanage                          Ed Gillan

Recent Group News

November 2021:  Hannah Barmore (summer REU undergrad researchers and fall 2021 UI research assistant) has been awarded a John and Elsie Mae Ferentz Research Fellowship that provides support and encouragement to undergraduate students who conduct research under the guidance of a tenured or tenure track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Congratulations Hannah!

December 2020: Suparno Nandi (co-advised with Prof. Mishtu Dey) earns his Ph.D. and heads to a postdoctoral position at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Happy trails!

August 2020: Nate Black (Ph.D. 2019) begins his professional career as a lab safety staff member at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.  That is some smart leveraging your inorganic expertise with long service on our student-led departmental safety committee!  Hopefully the pandemic lets you get out of the house soon.

April 2020:  Ashley Flores (M.S. 2018) finishes her research and lab instruction here and heads to a lab manager position at sunny University of California, Santa Barbara.  Enjoy the Pacific Ocean and beach lifestyle!

March 2020:  Ali Razzaghi (co-advised with Prof. Mishtu Dey) earns his Ph.D. and heads to an exciting postdoctoral position across the river in Biochemistry.  Best wishes on your new biochemical challenges!

January 2020:  Dr. Majid Nada is starting a permanent position as an environmental lab scientist at the State Hygeinics Laboratory at the University of Iowa - that is great news and we look forward to staying in touch.

December 2019:  Congratulations to Nate Black for earning his second degree from Iowa - his Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus on botanical templating for synthesis of porous inorganic materials!

August 2019:  Matt Lovander (co-advised with Prof. Johna Leddy) landed a great college teaching opportunity in at the Sioux Falls Community College associated with University of South Dakota! 

July 2019:  Majid Nada (co-advised with Prof. Sarah Larsen) earns his Ph.D. for mechanochemical and hydrothermal synthesis of nanoscale silica zeolites.  Congratulations!

March 2019:  Janaka Abeysinghe wins first place for his paper and poster in the math, physical, and engineering sciences section at the University of Iowa Grad College's Jakobsen Conference, great job!

January 2019:  Dr. Tony Montoya (Ph.D. 2018) heads off to a great postdoc position at Argonne National Labs, congrats and best wishes on your new research adventures!

Archived group news items


Contact Information

Edward G. Gillan, Associate Professor:  Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, W325 Chemistry Building, Iowa City, Iowa  52242-1294, Office phone:  319-335-1308

Gillan Group Contact Info: Group office/phone (E321 Chemistry Building, 319-353-1085), research lab/phone (E310 Chemistry Building, 319-335-1360)



  • Matt Lovander

    Matt Lovander

  • Majid Nada (Ph.D. 2019)

    Majid Nada (Ph.D. 2019)

  • Nate Coleman (Ph.D. 2015)

    Nate Coleman (Ph.D. 2015)

  • Nate Black (Ph.D. 2018)

    Nate Black (Ph.D. 2018)

  • Tony Montoya (Ph.D. 2019)

    Tony Montoya (Ph.D. 2019)