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Zheng Huang
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  345 Lingling Road, Shanghai
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Education and Appointments:

Zheng Huang received his B.Sc. in 1997 and Master degrees in 2001 from Nankai University under the direction of Prof. Xianhe Bu. In 2009, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the guidance of Prof. Maurice Brookhart. From August 2009 to January 2012, he worked as a postdoc in the group of Prof. John F. Hartwig at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Upon completion of his postdoctoral research in 2012, he started his independent career as a professor at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry.

Research Interest:

1) Polymerization Chemistry: synthesis of polymers with novel structures, properties, and functionalities; the design of late-transition metal catalysts, such as nickel, palladium, cobalt, and iron complexes, for copolymerization of ethylene with polar vinyl monomers.  

2) Energy Chemistry: development of new methods for conversion of low-value light alkanes or renewable biomass resources into clean diesel fuels.    

3) Green Catalysis: development of low-cost, environmental benign, earth-abundant catalysts for organic transformations.

Public Services:


2014, Thieme Chemistry Journals Award

2016, SABIC-CAS Scholarship

2016, Outstanding Young Talents for Science and Technology Innovation Award

2016, Shanghai Youth 54 Medal

2017, Homogeneous Catalysis Young Investigator Award

2017, CAS-Evonik Chemical Innovation Award-Outstanding Young Scientist Award

2018, Chen Jiageng Prize for Youth Scientist (Chemistry)

2018, Shanghai Ninth Youth Science and Technology Leader Award

Selected Publication:

1. Wang, K.;# Gan, L.; # Wu, Y.; Zhou, M. Liu, G.*; Huang, Z.* “Selective Dehydrogenation of Small and Large Molecules by a Chloroiridium Catalyst” Sci. Adv2022, 8, eabo6586 (accepted) (#contributed equally)

2. Wang, Y.; Huang, Z.; Liu, G.; Huang, Z.* “A New Paradigm in Pincer Iridium Chemistry: PCN Complexes for (De)Hydrogenation Catalysis and Beyond” Acc. ChemRes. 202255, 2145.

3. Zhou, M.-J.; Zhang, L.; Liu, G.; Xu, C.*; Huang, Z.* “Site-Selective Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Aliphatics Enabled by Organophotoredox/Cobalt Dual Catalysis” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021143, 16470?16485.

4. Huang, Z.;# Wang, Y.; # Leng, X.; Huang, Z.* “An Amine-Assisted Ionic Monohydride Mechanism Enables Selective Alkyne Cis-Semihydrogenation with Ethanol: from Elementary Steps to Catalysis” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021143, 4824-4836. (#contributed equally)

5. Hou, W.; Zhang, D.; Camacho-Fernandez, M. A.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, G.*; Tang, Y.; Guan, Z.*; Huang, Z.* “Double-Linear Insertion Mode of α,ω-Dienes Enabled by Thio-iminoquinoline Iron Catalyst” ACS Catal. 202010, 15092?15103.

6. Tang, X.; Gan, L.; Zhang, X.; Huang, Z.* n-Alkanes to n-Alcohols: Formal Primary C-H Bond Hydroxymethylation via Quadruple Relay Catalysis” Sci. Adv. 20206, eabc6688.

7. Wang, Y.; # Huang, Z.; # Huang, Z.* “Catalyst as colour indicator for endpoint detection to enable selective alkyne trans-hydrogenation with ethanol” Nat. Catal. 20192, 529-536. (#contributed equally)

8. Wang, Y.; Huang, Z.; Leng, X.; Zhu, H.; Liu, G.; Huang, Z.* “Transfer Hydrogenation of Alkenes Using Ethanol Catalyzed by a NCP Pincer Iridium Complex: Scope and Mechanism” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 4417-4429.

9. Tang, X.; Jia, X.; Huang, Z. “Thermal, Catalytic Conversion of Alkanes to Linear Aldehydes and Linear Amines” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 4157-4163.

10. Wen, H.; Wan, X.; Huang, Z. “Asymmetric Synthesis of Silicon-Stereogenic Vinylhydrosilanes by Cobalt-Catalyzed Regio- and Enantioselective Alkyne Hydrosilylation with Dihydrosilanes” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 6319-6323.

11. Fang, H.; Hou, W.; Liu, G.; Huang, Z. “Ruthenium-Catalyzed Site-Selective Intramolecular Silylation of Primary C–H Bonds for Synthesis of Sila-Heterocycles” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 11601-11609.

12. Jia, X.; Qin, C.; Friedberger, T.; Guan, Z.; Huang, Z. “Efficient and Selective Degradation of Polyethylenes into Liquid Fuels and Waxes under Mild Conditions” Science Advances 2016, 2, e1501591.

13. Jia, X.; Huang, Z.* "Conversion of Alkanes to Linear Alkylsilanes Using An Iridium-Iron-Catalysed Tandem Dehydrogenation-Isomerization-Hydrosilylation" Nat. Chem. 2016, 8, 157-161.

14. Yao, W.; Zhang, Y.; Jia, X.; Huang, Z.* "Selective Catalytic Transfer Dehydrogenation of Alkanes and Heterocycles by an Iridium Complex" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 1390-1394. 

15. Zhang, L.; Peng, D.; Leng, X.; Huang, Z.* "Iron-Catalyzed, Atom-Economical, Chemo- and Regioselective Alkene Hydroboration with Pinacolborane" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3676-3680. 

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