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Education, Honors, Awards

  • Madison Scholar, College of Science and Mathematics, JMU, 2007
  • U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, 2001
  • Humboldt-Preis, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, 1989
  • Humboldt-Forschungs Stipendium, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, 1980
  • Medal, American Institute of Chemists, 1961
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Michigan (1965)
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1965)
  • NASA Trainee (1962-1965) Teaching Fellow (1961-1962)
  • B. Chem, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1961)

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Chemistry, James Madison University (1995 - present)
  • Dean, Academic Research, James Madison University (2002)
  • Interim Dean, College of Education and Psychology, James Madison University (1999-2001)
  • Interim Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, James Madison University (1998- 1999)
  • Chemistry Department Head, James Madison University (1995-1998)
  • National Science Foundation, Chemistry Program Officer (1993-)
  • University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany. Guest Professor (1990)
  • Technical University, Braunschweig, Germany. Guest Professor (1980-81)
  • Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. Visiting Professor (1979-1980)
  • Professor of Chemistry, University of Hawaii (1975-1995) ; presently Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
  • University of Texas, Austin. Visiting Professor of Chemistry, (1971-72)
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Hawaii (1969-75)
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Hawaii (1965-1969)

Research Interests

  • Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

Research Description

I am an inorganic chemist interested  in organometallic and main group chemistry. Over the years I have worked with the lightest elements such as boron and the heaviest such as uranium. In our current research we are exploring the chemistry of Ph2P(CH2)nP(O)Ph2, studying metal alkoxides that thermally decompose into ceramics, and synthesizing complexes that contain  crown ether groups attached to a transition metal.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Amenta, D.S.; Liebing, P.; Biero, J.E.; Sherman, R.J.; Gilje, J.W.; Edelmann, F.T. "Synthesis and crystal structures of three new benzotriazolylpropanamides" Acta Cryst. 2017, E73, 880-885. doi:10.1107/S2056989017007472
  • Wang, S.; Liebing, P.; Oehler, F.; Gilje, J.W.; Hrib, C.G.; Edelmann, F.T. "Supramolecular Layer Structures of Mn(II), Co(II) and Cu(II) Complexes with the 3-(1H-benzotriazol-1-yl)-propanamide Ligand – Metal Coordination vs. Hydrogen Bonding" Cryst. Growth Des. 2017, 17, 3402-3410.
  • Cruz, S.S.; Amenta, D.S.; Gilje, J.W.; Yap, G.P.A. “A Re-examination of the Reaction of Dichloro-tris-(triphenylphosphino)ruthenium(II) with Benzonitrile: Crystal structures of triphenylphosphine chloro ruthenium complexes” Polyhedron, 2016, 114, 179-183 doi:10.1016/j.poly.2015.11.034
  • D’Amico, D.J.; McDougal, M.A.; Amenta, D.S.; Gilje, J.W.; Wang, S.; Hrib, C.G.; Edelmann, F.T. “Synthesis and Supramolecular Structures of Manganese Complexes with N-Pyrazolylpropanamide-Derived Ligands” Polyhedron, 2015, 88, 19-28. doi: 10.1016/j.poly.2014.12.008
  • Hrib, C.G.; Edelmann, F.T.; Smith IV, C.W.; McQueen, K.C.; Cruz, S.S.; Amenta, D.S.; Gilje, J.W. “RuCl2(PPh3)2(N-ppa) - A Hydrogen-Bridged Ruthenium(II) Complex of N-Pyrazolylpropanamide” ” Zeit. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2013, 639, 2561-2564.  DOI: 10.1002/zaac.201300227
  • Brown, R.J.; Amenta, D.S.; Gilje, J.W.; Yap, G.P.A. “Chloridobis[2-(diphenylphosphanyl)-ethanamine-κ2P,N](triphenyl-phosphane-κ-P)ruthenium(II) chloride toluene monosolvate” Acta Cryst. 2013C69, 1104-1103 DOI:10.1107/S0108270113023263.
  • Wagner, T; Hrib, C. G.; Lorenz, V.; Edelmann, F. T.; Gilje, J. W. “Bromidobis[3-(1H-pyrazol-1yl-κN2)propionamide-κO]copper(II) bromide methanol monosolvate” Acta Cryst. 2012, E68, m1253-m1254. DOI: 10.1107/S1600536812038111.
  • Wagner, T.; Hrib, C. G.; Lorenz, V.; Edelmann, F. T.; Amenta, D. S.; Burnside, C. J.; Gilje, J.W. “N-Pyrazolylpropanamide - a Versatile Ligand for the Construction of Supramolecular Hydrogen-Bonded Frameworks” Zeit. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2012, 638, 2129-2137. DOI: 10.1002/zaac.201200139.  Contribution to an edition honoring Prof. Rudolf Hoppe’s 90th Birthday.
  • Head, A. R.; Amenta, D. S.; Gilje, J. W.; Yap, G. P. A. “Crystal Structure of Bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane Monoxide” Int. J. Inorg. Chem.  2011, 2, 139-142.
  • Head, A. R.; Amenta, D. S.; Gilje, J. W.; Yap, G. P. A. “"Crystal structure of cis-dichloro-bis-{[2-(diphenylphosphino-κ-P) methyl]diphenylphosphine oxide}palladium(II) ethanol solvate” J. Chem. Cryst., 2011, 41, 247-250
  • Peretich, A. L.; Amenta, D. S.; Gilje, J.W.; Yaap, G.P.A. “Crystal Structure of [Me2NCH(O)]2Mg[(μ-OPr i )2Al(OPr i )2]2” J. Chem. Crystallogr. 2010, 40, 716-719. Doi: 10.1007/s10870-010-9783-x
  • Amenta, D. S.; Morton, A. D.;Gilje, J. W.; Edelmann, F. T.; Fischer, A.; Blaurock, S. “The Preparation and Crystal Structure of (h5-C5H5)(CO)3Mo(CH2)3C6H5” J. Organomet. Chem. 2006, 691, 5065-5068.
  • Amenta, D. S.; Sparks , S. N.; Gilje, J. W.; Edelmann, F. T.; Fischer, A.; Blaurock, S. “Lanthanide Nitrate Complexes of the Unsymmetrical Bidentate Ligand Ph2PCH2CH2P(O)PPh2” Zeit. Anorg. Allg. Chem.  2005, 631, 2854-2857. (Invited contribution to an edition in honor of Prof. H.W. Roesky's 70th Birthday.)
  • Lorenz, V.; Giessmann, S.; Gun’ko, Y. K.; Fischer, A. K.; Gilje, J. W.; Edelmann, F. T. “Fully metalated silsesquioxanes: Novel building blocks for the construction of  “realistic” catalyst models” Angew. Chemie 2004, 43, 4303-4306.
  • Ariyaratne, K. A. N. S.; Cramer, R. E.; Jameson, G. B.; Gilje, J. W. “Uranium-Sulfilimine Chemistry.  Hydrolysis of Cp*2UCl2 with HNSPh2.H2O and the Crystal Structure of Cp*2UCl(OH)(HNSPh2), a Metallocene Terminal Hydroxy Complex of Tetravalent Uranium” J. Organomet. Chem. 2004, 589, 2029-2032.
  • Ariyaratne, K.A.N.S.; Cramer, R. E.; Gilje, J.W. Uranium-Sulfilimine Chemistry- The Synthesis and Characterization of Cp*2UCl(NSPh2) and Cp*2U(NSPh2)2. Organometallics  2002, 21,  5799-5802.
  • Amenta, D. S.; Ayres, B. R.; Jurica, J.; Gilje, J. W. The Equilibrium between Aluminum Alkoxides and 1-(Diphenylphosphinoyl)-2-(Diphenylphosphino)ethane. Inorg. Chim. Acta  2002, 336 , 115-119.
  • Lorenz, V.; Fischer, A.; Giessmann; Gilje, J. W.; Gun’ko, Y.; Jacob, K.; Edelmann, F. T. Disiloxanediolates and Metallasilsesquioxanes of the Early Transition Metals and f-Elements. Coord. Chem. Rev.  2000, 321-368.

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