B.Sc., University of Science and Technology of China, 2002; M. Sci., Åbo Akademi University, 2004; Ph.D, University of Groningen, 2009; Postdoctoral, University of California at Berkeley and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010-2014.
Organometallic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis, Asymmetric Catalysis.
The GE Research Group at NUS aims to discover and understand transition-metal-catalyzed reactions of organic molecules. We will focus on the development of practical first-row metal-catalyzed reactions that address problems encountered in the synthesis of complex organic molecules and drug discovery. Our approaches to reaction discovery will involve identification and synthesis of potential organometallic intermediates, the systematic study of their reactivity, and the detailed kinetic and mechanistic study. Ultimately, our goal is to provide synthetic organic chemists with new catalysts and new organic reactions of practical applications in chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Currently, we are focusing on the development of base metal-catalyzed hydrofunctionalization of unsaturated organic molecules.