Associate Professor Department of Chemistry

Chuan He obtained his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, China in 2008. Then he began his graduate study at the same university under the supervision of Prof. Aiwen Lei, where his research focused on transition-metal-catalyzed coupling reaction and mechanistic investigation. After completing his Ph.D. in 2013, he joined Prof. Matthew Gaunt’s group as a postdoctoral researcher and Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, where his research focuses on transition-metal-catalyzed C–H bond functionalization of aliphatic amines and development of a novel methionine selective bioconjugation method. In 2018, he joined Southern University of Science and Technology as an associate professor to start his independent research career.

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1. developing highly selective and efficient transition-metal-catalyzed inert chemical bond functionalization and mechanistic investigation

2. asymmetric catalysis based on C–H bond functionalization

3. development of new synthetic methodology via electrocatalysis

4. designing and developing novel bioconjugation and bio-orthogonal reactions


Course Title:Organic Chemistry I (CH203, Subject-Foundation), Organic Chemistry II (CH206, Subject-Foundation)

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Published 18 papers, including 1 Chem, 3 J. Am. Chem. Soc., 5 Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 1 Chem. Sci., 3 Chem. Commun. Citation is more than 1800.

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We are always looking for talented, self-motivated and creative individuals with interests in any of the following areas: transition metal catalysis, synthesis, small molecules activation, bioconjugation and bio-orthogonal chemistry, and organo-material chemistry. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact me directly.

Postdoctoral and Research Associate Positions are always available in our group each year.




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