Zhiwei Zuo    Assistant Professor、PI
Institute School of Physical Science and Technology
Research Area Catalysis; Chemical Biology
Contact Info. zuozhw@@shanghaitech.edu.cn
2003-2007 Nanjing University, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering;
B.S. in Chemistry (Advisor: Prof. Yixiang Chen)
2007-2012 Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS;
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (Advisor: Prof. Dawei Ma)
2013-2015 Princeton University, Department of Chemistry;
Postdoctoral Fellow. (Advisor: Prof. David W. C. MacMillan)
2015.9- ShanghaiTech University, School of Physical Sciences and Technology;
Assistant Professor、PI
  Research Interests  
Research in our group mainly focuses on the development of novel synthetic methodologies that will lead to applications in various fields such as natural product synthesis, bioconjugates and materials. Our research mission is to develop highly efficient and catalytic transformations utilizing eco-friendly technologies and abundant functionalities. Currently, we are pursuing the direct functionalization of carbon frameworks and efficient synthesis of biologically active heterocycles.
  Selected Publications  
1. Jing-Jing Guo, Anhua Hu, Yiling Chen, Jianfeng Sun, Haoming Tang, Zhiwei Zuo*, “Photocatalytic C−C Bond Cleavage and Amination of Cycloalkanols by Cerium(III) Chloride Complex”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 15319.

2. Zhiwei Zuo, Huan Cong, Wei Li, Junwon Choi, Gregory C. Fu, David W. C. MacMillan “Enantioselective Decarboxylative Arylation of α-Amino Acids via the Merger of Photoredox and Nickel Catalysis”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1832.

3. Zhiwei Zuo, Derek Ahneman, Lingling Chu, Jack Terrett, Abigail G. Doyle and David W. C. MacMillan “Merging photoredox with nickel catalysis: Coupling of α-Carboxyl sp3-Carbons with Aryl Halides”, Science 2014, 345, 437. (Highlighted in C&EN: “ A Marriage of Catalysts”, 2014, 92, 9.)

4. Zhiwei Zuo and David W. C. MacMillan. “Decarboxylative Arylation of α-Amino Acids via Photoredox Catalysis: A One-Step Conversion of Biomass to Drug Pharmacophore”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 5257.

5. Zhiwei Zuo and Dawei Ma. “Enantioselective Total Syntheses of Communesins A and B”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 12008-12011.

6. Zhiwei Zuo and Dawei Ma. “Synthetic Studies toward Communesins”, Isr. J. Chem. 2011, 51, 434-441.

7. Zhiwei Zuo, Weiqing Xie and Dawei Ma. “Total Synthesis and Absolute Stereochemical Assignment of (−)-Communesin F”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 13226-13228.