Principal Investigator Department of Chemistry, Grubbs Institute

Dr. Wei SHU is a Principal Investigator in the department of chemistry and a joint professor of Shenzhen Grubbs Institute at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). Dr. Wei SHU received his bachelor degrees at Nankai University in chemistry and economics in 2005. He continued his graduate studies at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC, CAS), and obtained his Ph. D. degree in 2010 under the guidance of Profs. Shengming Ma and Guochen Jia. After several postdoctoral stints at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Stephen L. Buchwald), Princeton University (David W. C. Macmillan), and University of Zurich (Cristina Nevado), he started his independent research at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in 2018 as an associate professor. His research interests span over methodology development, asymmetric synthesis, medicinal chemistry, flow chemistry and material sciences, with an emphasis on first-row transition metal catalysis, photochemistry, and single electron catalysis.

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1. Transition-metal catalyzed C-C and C-X bond forming reactions

2. Asymmetric catalysis

3. Merging catalysis of visible light and transition metals

4. Microflow chemistry

5. Medicinal chemistry

6. Organic material sciences


Organic Chemistry I (CH203,Basic course for chemistry)

Organic Chemistry II (CH206,Basic course for chemistry)

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Most recent publications:

Peng-Fei Yang and Wei Shu*, Direct Synthesis of Mono-α-Arylated Ketones from Alcohols and Olefins via Ni-Catalyzed Oxidative Cross-Coupling, Org. Lett. 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c02340, accepted.

Xiaofeng Wei, Wei Shu, Andrés García-Domínguez, Estíbaliz Merino, and Cristina Nevado*, Asymmetric Ni-Catalyzed Radical Relayed Reductive Coupling, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c05254, accepted.

Xu-Lu Lv and Wei Shu*, Unified and practical access to ɤ-alkynylated carbonyl derivatives via streamlined assembly at room temperature, Commun. Chem. 2019, 2, DOI: 10.1038/s42004-019-0219-z.

Wei Shu, Andrés García‑Domínguez, M. Teresa Quirós, Rahul Mondal, Diego J. Cárdenas, and Cristina Nevado*, Ni‑Catalyzed reductive dicarbofunctionalization of nonactivated alkenes:Scope and mechanistic insights, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 13812-13821.

Wei Shu*, Hui Zhang and Yan Huang, γ-Alkylation of alcohols enabled by visible-light induced 1,6-hydrogen atom transfer, Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 6107-6111.

Xu-Lu Lv, Cong Wang, Qiao-Li Wang, and Wei Shu*, Rapid synthesis of γ‑arylated carbonyls enabled by the merge of copper- and photocatalytic radical relay alkylarylation of alkenes, Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 56−59.

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