Assistant Professor GE Shaozhong

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.

Contact Information

Office: MD1-17-03F
Tel: (65)-6516-7761 | Fax: (65)-6779-1691
Email:  | Personal webpage


ORCID: 0000-0003-1045-1940
ResearcherID: I-5773-2015


Recognition and Achievements

  • The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) Lectureship Award, 2019
  • Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2018
  • Young Chemist Award, NUS Chemistry, 2017
  • ACP Lectureship Award to China (2016), Taiwan (2017), Japan (2017), Korea (2018)
  • NUS Young Investigator Award, 2015


Research Interests

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.


Teaching Contributions

  • CM4225 Organic Spectroscopy
  • CM5225 Asymmetric Catalysis


Representative Publications   

  • Wu, C.; Liao, J.; Ge, S., Cobalt-Catalyzed Enantioselective Hydroboration/Cyclization of 1,7-Enynes: Asymmetric Synthesis of Chiral Quinolinones Containing Quaternary Stereogenic Centers. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 8882-8886.
  • Wang, C.; Ge, S., Versatile Cobalt-Catalyzed Entry to Boryl-Functionalized All-Carbon Quaternary Stereogenic Centers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 10687-10690.
  • Teo, W. J.; Ge, S., Cobalt-Catalyzed Enantioselective Synthesis of Chiral gem-Bis(boryl)alkanes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 12935-12939.
  • Teo, W. J.; Ge, S., Cobalt-Catalyzed Diborylation of 1,1-Disubstituted Vinylarenes: A Practical Access to Branched gem-Bis(boryl)alkanes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 1654-1658.
  • Wu, C.; Teo, W. J.; Ge, S., Cobalt-Catalyzed (E)-Selective anti-Markovnikov Hydrosilylation of Terminal Alkynes. ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 5896-5900.
  • Wang, C.; Teo, W. J.; Ge, S., Access to Stereodefined (Z)-Allylsilanes and (Z)-Allylic Alcohols via Cobalt-Catalyzed Regiostereoselective Hydrosilylation of Allenes. Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 2258.
  • Yu, S.; Sang, H. L.; Ge, S., Enantioselective Copper-Catalyzed Alkylation of Quinoline N-Oxides with Vinylarenes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 15896-15900.
  • Teo, W. J.; Wang, C.; Tan, Y. W.; Ge, S., Cobalt-Catalyzed Z-Selective Hydrosilylation of Terminal Alkynes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 4328-4332.
  • Yu, S.; Wu, C.; Ge, S., Cobalt-Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydroboration/Cyclization of 1,6-Enynes with Pinacolborane.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 6526-6529.
  • Wang, C.; Teo, W. J.; Ge, S., Cobalt-Catalyzed Regiodivergent Hydrosilylation of Vinylarenes and Aliphatic Alkenes: Silane- and Ligand-Dependent Selectivities. ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 855-863.