Eric M. Villa, BA, PhD
Eric M. Villa, BA, PhD

Eric M. Villa, BA, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Chemistry

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D. - Inorganic Chemistry - University of California, Davis (2010)
  • B.A. - Chemistry (ACS) - Augustana University (2006)

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Gubbels, M.; Hulce, M.; Kum, J.; Urick, A.; Villa, E. “Stereoselective Synthesis of Exocyclic Allenes by Double Hydride Reduction of 3-Alkynyl-2-cycloalkenones.”, Tetrahedron, 72 (40), 6052–6063, 2016
  • Pandya, Amit N., Fletcher, James T., Villa, Eric M., Agrawal, Devendra K. "Silver-Mediated Synthesis of Indolizines via Oxidative C-H functionalization and 5- endo-dig cyclization", Tetrahedron Letters, 55(50), 6922-6924, 2014
  • Yu, Na, Klepov, Vladislav V., Villa, Eric Matthew, Bosbach, Dirk, Suleimanov, Evgeny V., Depmeier, Wulf, Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E., Alekseev, Evgeny V. "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)]", Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 215, 152-159, 2014
  • Cross, Justin N., Villa, Eric M., Darling, Victoria R., Polinski, Matthew J., Lin, Jian, Tan, Xiaoyan, Kikugawa, Naoki, Shatruk, Michael, Baumbach, Ryan, Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. "Straightforward Reductive Routes to Air-Stable Uranium(III) and Neptunium(III) Materials", Inorganic Chemistry, 53(14), 7455-7466, 2014
  • 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.”, Inorganic Chemistry, 52(14), 8099–8105, 2013
  • 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.”, Inorganic Chemistry, 52(13), 7747–7751, 2013
  • 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.”, Crystal Growth & Design, 13(4), 1721-1729, 2013
  • 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.”, Journal of American Chemical Society, 135(7), 2769-2775, 2013
  • Villa, E. M.; Diwu, J.; Alekseev, E. V.; Depmeier, W.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Structural Changes with the Alkaline Earth Uranyl Phosphites.”, Dalton Transactions, 42, 9637-9644, 2013
  • 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.”, Inorganic Chemistry, 52(2), 965-973, 2013
  • 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.”, Crystal Growth & Design, 13(1), 386-392, 2012
  • Lin, Jian, Cross, Justin Neil, Juan, Diwu, Polinski, Matthew James, Villa, Eric Matthew, Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas 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)", Inorganic Chemistry, 51(21), 11949-11954, 2012
  • Cross, Justin Neil, Villa, Eric Matthew, Wang, Shuao A., Juan, Diwu, Polinski, Matthew James, Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. "Syntheses, Structures and Spectroscopic Properties of Plutonium and Americium Phosphites and the Redetermination of the Ionic Radii of Pu(III) and Am(III)", Inorganic Chemistry, 51(15), 8419-8424, 2012
  • Villa, Eric Matthew, Marr, Connor J., Jouffret, Laurent J., Alekseev, Evgeny V., Depmeier, Wulf, Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. "Systematic Evolution from Uranyl(VI) Phosphites to Uranium(IV) Phosphates", Inorganic Chemistry, 51(12), 6548-6558, 2012
  • Polinski, Matthew James, Grant, Daniel J., Wang, Shuao A., Alekseev, Evgeny V., Cross, Justin Neil, Villa, Eric Matthew, Depmeier, Wulf, Gagliardi, Laura, Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. "Differentiating between Trivalent Lanthanides and Actinides", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134(25), 10682-10692, 2012
  • Johnson, Rene L., Villa, Eric Matthew, Ohlin, C. Andre, Rustud, James R., Casey, William H. "O17-NMR and Computational Study of a Tetrasiliconiobate Ion, [H2+xSi4Nb16O56](14-x)-", Chemistry -- A European Journal, 17(34), 9359–9367, 2012
  • Lin, Jian, Juan, Diwu, Cross, Justin Neil, Villa, Eric Matthew, Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E. "Cerium(IV) Tellurite Halides [Ce¬2Te7O17]x-2 (X=Cl- or Br-): The First Cerium-Containing Cationic Frameworks", Inorganic Chemistry, 51(19), 10083-10085, 2012
  • 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”, Maternal Child Nursing, 2011(25), 3749-3754, 2011
  • 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”, “Facile Routes to Th(IV), U(IV), and Np(IV) Phosphites and Phosphates”, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 25, 3749-3754, 2011
  • 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”, Chemistry -- A European Journal, 17(16), 4408-4417, 2011
  • 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”, Inorganic Chemistry, 50 (6), 2527-2533, 2011
  • Ohlin, C. André; Villa, Eric M.; Fettinger, James, C.; Casey, William H. "The First Peroxotitanoniobate Cluster - [N(CH3)4]10[Ti12Nb6O38(OI2)6]", Inorganica Chimica Acta, 363(15), 4405-4407, 2010
  • Villa, Eric M.; Ohlin, C. André; Casey, William H. "Adding reactivity to structure 2: Oxygen-Isotope-Exchange Rates in Three Isostructural Oxide Ions", American Journal of Science, 310(7), 629-644, 2010
  • Villa, Eric M; Ohlin, C. André; Casey, William H. "Borate Accelerates Rates of Steady Oxygen-Isotope Exchange for Polyoxoniobate Ions in Water", Chemistry -- A European Journal, 16(29), 8631-8634, 2010
  • Villa, Eric M; Ohlin, C. André; Casey, William H. "Oxygen-Isotope Exchange Rates for Three Isostructural Poloxometalate Ions", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(14), 5264-5272, 2010
  • 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”, International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 42(4), 221-225, 2010
  • Ohlin, C. André; Villa, Eric M.; Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H. “Dissolution of Insulating Oxide Materials at the Molecular Scale”, Nature Materials, 9(1), 11-19, 2010
  • Villa, E. M; Ohlin, C. A.; Rustad, J. R.; Casey, W. H. "Isotope-Exchange Dynamics in Isostructural Decametalates with Profound Differences in Reactivity", Journal of American Chemical Society, 131 (45), 16488–16492, 2009
  • Villa, E. M.; Ohlin, C. A.; Balogh, E.; Anderson, T. M.; Nyman, M. D.; Casey, W. H. "Adding reactivity to structure - Reaction dynamics of a nanometer-size oxide ion in water", Inorganica Chimica Acta, 362 (4), 1391–1392, 2009
  • Ohlin, C. A.; Villa, E. M.; Fettinger, J. C.; Casey, W. H. "A new titanoniobate ion - Completing the series [Nb10O28]6-, [TiNb9O28]7- and [Ti2Nb8O28]8-”, Dalton Transactions, 15, 2677-2678 , 2009
  • Villa, E. M.; Ohlin, C. A.; Balogh, E.; Anderson, T. M.; Nyman, M. D.; Casey, W. H. "Adding reactivity to structure - Reaction dynamics of a nanometer-size oxide ion in water", American Journal of Science, 308 (8), 942-953, 2008
  • Ohlin, C. A.; Villa, E. M.; Fettinger, J. C.; Casey, W. H. "Distinctly different reactivities of two similar polyoxoniobates with hydrogen peroxide", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 47 (43), 8251–8254, 2008
  • Ohlin, C. A.; Villa, E. M.; Fettinger, J. C.; Casey, W. H. " The [Ti12Nb6O44]-10 ion - A New Type of Polyoxometalate Structure", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 47 (30), 5634–5636, 2008
  • Villa, E. M.; Ohlin, C. A.; Balogh, E.; Anderson, T. M.; Nyman, M. D.; Casey, W. H. "Reaction dynamics of the decaniobate ion [HxNb10O28](6-x)- in water", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 47 (26), 4844–4846 , 2008

Presentations

  • Dovgan, J. T.; Villa, E. M. “Hydrothermal Synthesis of Lanthanide Sulfites and Sulfates.” Abstracts, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, United States, March 13-17 (2016)., 2016
  • Villa, E. M.; Spriet, M. R. “Reaction Dynamics of Simple Polyoxometalate Ions in Water.” Abstracts, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, United States, March 13-17 (2016)., 2016
  • Gubbels, M. A.; Huang, R. W.; Villa, E. M.; Hulce, M. R. “Determining the Sterechemical Outcome of 3-alkynyl- and 3-alkenyl-2cycloalkedouble Hydride Reductions” Abstracts, 50th Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, St. Joseph, MO, United States, October 21-24 (2015)., 2015
  • Dovgan, J. T.; Villa, E. M. “Hydrothermal Synthesis of Lanthanide Sulfites and Sulfates” Abstracts, 50th Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, St. Joseph, MO, United States, October 21-24 (2015)., 2015
  • Byer, S. H.; Villa, E. M. “Recent Advances in Lanthanide Phosphites via Solvothermal Synthesis” Abstracts, 50th Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, St. Joseph, MO, United States, October 21-24 (2015)., 2015
  • Invited Talk “Exploring Lanthanide Extended Structures and Aqueous Polyoxometalate Ions: Bridging Solid- and Solution-State Chemistries.” Department of Chemistry Seminar, University of Iowa., 2015
  • Invited Talk “Oxygen Exchange Reactions of Polyoxometalate Ions in Water: The Influence of Simple Events in Chemistry and Geochemistry.” Department of Chemistry Seminar, University of Nebraska, Omaha., 2014
  • “Oxygen Exchange Reactions of Polyoxometalate Ions in Water: The Influence of Simple Events in Chemistry and Geochemistry.” Department of Chemistry Seminar, Creighton University., 2014
  • Villa, Eric M.; Alekseev, E. V.; Depmeier, W.; Miro, P.; Vlaisavljevich, B.; Gagliardi, L.; Cramer, C. J.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Hydrothermal Uranium Phosphite Redox Reactions & Water Oxidation of NpVI via Hydroxyl Radials.” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, United States, April 7-11 (2013)., 2013
  • Villa, Eric M.; Alekseev, E. V.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E. “Recent Advances in Actinide Phosphites.” Abstracts of Papers, 26th Rare Earth Research Conference, Santa Fe, NM, United States, June 19-23 (2011)., 2011
  • Villa, E. M; Casey, W. H. “Isotope-Exchange Reactions in Nanometer-Size Oxide Ions.” Abstracts of Papers, 239st ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States, March 21-25 (2009)., 2009
  • Villa, E. M.; Paumen, J. L. “Kinetics of Quaternary Ammonium Methyl Carbonates with Differing Chain Lengths.” Abstracts of Papers, 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States, March 26-30 (2006)., 2006
  • Villa, E. M.; Paumen, J. L. “Kinetics of Quaternary Ammonium Methyl Carbonates with Differing Chain Lengths.” Abstracts, 40th Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Joplin, MO, United States, October 26-29 (2005)., 2005

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • One of our primary interests is in the synthesis, characterization and reaction dynamics of polyoxometalate ions (POMs) in water, which includes the relationship between the solid-state and solution properties of POMs and isotopic-oxygen-exchange reactions of POMs in water. We are also interested in the synthesis and characterization of lanthanide materials. Here we explore periodic trends within lanthanide compounds and the structure-function relationships & utilization of solid-state properties of these materials.

Grant Funding Received

  • Reaction Dynamics of Anderson-Type Polyoxometalate Ions in Aqueous Solution: Relating Solid-State Structures with Solution-State Properties. Summer Faculty Research Fellowship
  • Reaction Dynamics of Anderson-Type Polyoxometalate Ions in Aqueous Solution: Relating Solid-State Structures with Solution-State Properties. EPSCoR First Award - Nebraska EPSCoR

Awards and Honors

  • IGGY Award, Creighton University, 2014