Eric Villa

Eric Villa, Ph.D.

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Eric Villa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Inorganic Chemistry

402.280.2275
Rigge Science Building 233 EricVilla@creighton.edu

Eric Villa

My research interests are:

  • Synthesis, characterization and reaction dynamics of polyoxometalate ions (POMs)
    • Relationship between the solid-state and solution properties of POMs
    • Oxygen-exchange reactions of POMs in water
  • Synthesis and characterization of lanthanide materials
    • Exploration of periodic trends within the lanthanides
    • Structure-Function relationships & utilization of solid-state properties

Education

Ph.D. (2010) University of California, Davis
B.S. (2006) Augustana University

Selected Publications

Pandya, A. N.; Fletcher, J. T.; Villa, E. M.; Agrawal, D. K. “Silver-mediated Synthesis of Indolizines via Oxidative C-H Functionalization and 5-endo-dig Cyclization.” Tet. Let. 2014, 55, 6922-6924.

Cross, J. N.; Villa, E. M.; Darling, V. R.; Polinski, M. J.; Lin, J.; Tan, X.; Kikugawa, N.; Shatruk, M.; Baumbach, R.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Straightforward Reductive Routes to Air-Stable Uranium(III) and Neptunium(III) Materials.” Inorg. Chem. 2014, 14, 7455-7466.

Yu, N., Klepov, V. V.; Villa, E. M.; Bosbach, D.; Suleimanov, E. V.; Depmeier, W.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E.; Alekseev, E. V. “Top Topologically identical, but geometrically isomeric layers in hydrous alpha-, beta-Rb[UO2(AsO3OH)(AsO2(OH)2)]·H2O and anhydrous Rb[UO2(AsO3OH)(AsO2(OH)2)]. J. Solid State Chem. 2014, 215, 152.

Polinski, M. J.; Villa, E. M.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Oxoanion Systems Containing Trivalent Actinides.” Coord. Chem. Rev. 2014, 266, 16.

Polinski, M. J.; Cross, J. N.; Villa, E. M.; Lin, J.; Alekseev, E. V.; Depmeier, W.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Synthesis of Divalent Europium Borate via in Situ Reductive Techniques.” Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 8099.

Babo, J. M.; Jouffret, L.; Lin, J.; Villa, E. M.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Synthesis, Structure, and Spectroscopy of Two Ternary Uranium(IV) Thiophosphates: UP2S9 and UP2S7 Containing P2S92- and P2S72- Ligands.” Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 7747.

Villa, E. M.; Diwu, J.; Alekseev, E. V.; Depmeier, W.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Structural Changes with the Alkaline Earth Uranyl Phosphites.” Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 9637.

. Villa, E. M.; Alekseev, E. V.; Depmeier, W.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Syntheses, Structures, and Comparisons of Thallium Uranium Phosphites, Mixed Phosphate-Phosphites, and Phosphate.” Cryst. Growth Des. 2013, 13, 1721.

Cross, J. N.; Duncan, P. M.; Villa, E. V.; Polinski, M. J.; Babo, J. M.; Alekseev, E. V.; Booth, C. H.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “From Yellow To Black: Dramatic Changes between Cerium(IV) and Plutonium(IV) Molybdates.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 2769.

Villa, E. M.; Marr, C. J.; Diwu, J. Alekseev, E. V.; Depmeier, W.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “From Order to Disorder and Back Again: In Situ Hydrothermal Redox Reactions of Uranium Phosphites and Phosphates.” Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 965.

Meredith, N. A.; Polinski, M. J.; Cross, J. N.; Villa, E. M.; Simonetti, A.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Synthetic Influences on Neptunium Incorporation in Naturally Occurring Copper Uranyl Phosphates.” Cryst. Growth Des. 2013, 13, 386.

Lin, J.; Cross, J. N.; Juan, D. W.; Polinski, M. J.; Villa, E. M.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Usual Coordination for Plutonium(IV), Cerium(IV), and Zirconium(IV) in the Cationic Layered Materials [M2Te4O11]x-2 (M=Pu, Ce, Zr; X=Cl, Br).” Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 11949.

Lin, J.; Juan, D. W.; Cross, J.N.; Villa, E. M.; Albrecht-Schmitt T. E. “Cerium(IV) Tellurite Halides [Ce¬2Te7O17]x-2 (X=Cl- or Br-): The First Cerium-Containing Cationic Frameworks.” Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 10083.

Cross, J. N.; Villa, E. M.; Wang, S. A.; Juan, D. W.; Polinski, M. J.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Syntheses, Structures and Spectroscopic Properties of Plutonium and Americium Phosphites and the Redetermination of the Ionic Radii of Pu(III) and Am(III).” Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 8419.

Polinski, M. J.; Grant, D. J.; Wang, S. A.; Alekseev, E. V.; Cross, J. N.; Villa, E. M.; Depmeier, W.; Gagliardi, L.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Differentiating between Trivalent Lanthanides and Actinides.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 10682.

Villa, E. M.; Marr, C. J.; Jouffret, L. J.; Alekseev, E. V.; Depmeier, W.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Systematic Evolution from Uranyl(VI) Phosphites to Uranium(IV) Phosphates.” Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 6548.

Villa, Eric M.; Wang, Shuao; Alekseev, Evgeny V.; Depmeier, Wulf; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. “Facile Routes to Th(IV), U(IV), and Np(IV) Phosphites and Phosphates”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2011, 25, 3749-3754.

Johnson, Rene L.; Villa, Eric M.; Ohlin, C. André; Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H. “17O NMR and Computational Study of a Tetrasiliconiobate Ion, [H(2+x)Si4Nb16O56](14-x)-”, Chem.--Eur. J., 2011, 17, 9359-9367.

Ohlin, C. André; Harley, Stephen J.; McAlpin, J. Gregory; Hocking, Rosalie K.; Mercado, Brandon Q.; Johnson, Rene L.; Villa, Eric M.; Fidler, Mary Kate; Olmstead, Marilyn M.; Spiccia, Leone; Britt, R. David; Casey, William H. “Rates of Water Exchange for Two Cobalt(II) Heteropolyoxotungstate Compounds in Aqueous Solution”, Chem.--Eur. J., 2011, 17, 4408-4417.

Wang, Shuao; Villa, Eric M.; Diwu, Juan; Alekseev, Evgeny V.; Depmeier, Wulf; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. “Role of Anions and Reaction Conditions in the Preparation of Uranium(VI), Neptunium(VI), and Plutonium(VI) Borates”, Inorg. Chem., 2011, 50, 2527-2533.

Ohlin, C. André; Villa, Eric M.; Fettinger, James, C.; Casey, William H. "The First Peroxotitanoniobate Cluster - [N(CH3)4]10[Ti12Nb6O38(OI2)6]", Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2010, 363, 4405-4407.

Villa, Eric M.; Ohlin, C. André; Casey, William H. "Adding reactivity to structure 2: Oxygen-Isotope-Exchange Rates in Three Isostructural Oxide Ions" Am. J. Sci., 2010, 310, 629-644.

Villa, Eric M; Ohlin, C. André; Casey, William H. "Oxygen-Isotope Exchange Rates for Three Isostructural Poloxometalate Ions", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 5264-5272.

Villa, Eric M; Ohlin, C. André; Casey, William H. "Borate Accelerates Rates of Steady Oxygen-Isotope Exchange for Polyoxoniobate Ions in Water", Chem.--Eur.J., 2010, 16, 8631-8634.

Ohlin, C. André; Villa, Eric M.; Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H. “Dissolution of Insulating Oxide Materials at the Molecular Scale”, Nature Mater., 2010, 9, 11-19.

Weisshaar, D. E.; Earl, G. W.; Villa, E. M.; Zierke, J. L.; Fry, C. J.; Becvar, K. L.; Li, S. K.; Schafer, M. C. “Kinetic Study of the Reaction of Dimethyl Carbonate with Trialkylamines”, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 2010, 42, 221-225.

Villa, Eric M; Ohlin, C. André; Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H. "Isotope-Exchange Dynamics in Isostructural Decametalates with Profound Differences in Reactivity", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 16488-16492. Issue cover.

Ohlin, C. André; Villa, Eric M.; Fettinger, J. C.; Casey, William H. "A new titanoniobate ion - Completing the series [Nb10O28]6-, [TiNb9O28]7- and [Ti2Nb8O28]8-. Dalton Trans. 2009, 2677-2678.

Ohlin, C. André; Villa, Eric M.; Casey, William H. "One-pot synthesis of the decaniobate salt [N(CH3)4]6[Nb10O28].6 H2O from hydrous niobium oxide", Inorg. Chim. Acta., 2009, 362, 1391-1392.

Ohlin, C. André; Villa, Eric M.; Fettinger, James C.; Casey, William H. "Distinctly different reactivities of two similar polyoxoniobates with hydrogen peroxide" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47(43), 8251-8254.

Villa, Eric M.; Ohlin, C. André; Balogh, Edina; Anderson, Travis M.; Nyman, May D.; Casey, William H. "Adding reactivity to structure - Reaction dynamics of a nanometer-size oxide ion in water" Am. J. Sci., 2008, 308, 942-953.

Ohlin, C. André; Villa, Eric M.; Fettinger, J. C.; Casey, William H. "A new type of polyoxometalate - the [Ti12Nb6O44]-10 ion" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47(30), 5634-5636.

Villa, Eric M.; Ohlin, C. André; Balogh, Edina; Anderson, Travis M.; Nyman, May D.; Casey, William H. "Reaction dynamics of the decaniobate ion [HxNb10O28](6-x)- in water" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47(26), 4844-4846.