RONG Zi-Qiang

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Institute of Flexible Electronics (IFE)

Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU)

127 West Youyi RoadXi’an 710072, China

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Ziqiang was born and raised in Shandong Province.  When Ziqiang completed his B.S. in 2007 from Linyi University, he went to Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he did his Master studies under the supervision of Professor Shu-Li You. His research focused on asymmetric organic catalysis with the N-heterocyclic Carbene as the chiral catalyst. Then Ziqiang joined Prof. Zhao Yu’s group at National University of Singapore in 2012, he investigated the asymmetric borrowing hydrogenation and medium sized ring construction using transition metal catalysis. Upon completion of his Ph.D. studies in 2016, he worked with Prof. Dong Guangbin at the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral associate in the field of C-C bond activation using transition metal catalysis. In October of 2018, he joined Department of Chemistry at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) as a full professor. His research program at NPU focuses on the development of new efficient catalytic methodology for the medicinal chemistry and material science.


Education and Professional Background

October 2018 – present  Professor

                                       Northwestern Polytechnical University

2017 – October 2018     Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Guangbin Dong

                                       Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago

2013 – 2016                   Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with Prof. Yu Zhao

                                       Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore

2012 – 2013                   Research Associate with Prof. Yu Zhao

                                       Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore

2008 – 2011                   M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, with Prof. Shu-Li You

                                       College of Chemical Engineering, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology

                                       Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, P. R. China

2003 – 2007                   B.Sc in Applied Chemistry

                                       Department of Chemistry, LinYi University

Awards & Honors

2019  Program for Young Talents of Shaanxi Province

2019  Aoxiang Distinguished Young Scholars (Northwestern Polytechnical University)

2016  Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad



1.      Rong, Z.-Q.; Lim, H. N.; Dong, G.* Intramolecular Acetyl Transfer to Olefins via Catalytic C-C Bond Activation of Unstrained Ketones. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 475-479. (Highly Cited Paper)

2.      Rong, Z.-Q.;# Yang, L.-C.;# Liu, S.; Yu, Z.; Wang, Y.-N.; Tan, Z. Y.; Huang, R.-Z.; Lan, Y.; Zhao, Y.* Nine-Membered Benzofuran-Fused Heterocycles: Enantio-selective Synthesis by Pd-Catalysis and Rearrangement via Transannular Bond Formation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 15304−15307. (Highlighted in Synfacts and X-MOL)

3.      Yang, L.-C.;# Rong, Z.-Q.;# Wang, Y.-N.; Tan, Z. Y.; Wang, M.; Zhao, Y.* Construction of Nine-Membered Heterocycles through Palladium-Catalyzed Formal [5 + 4] Cycloaddition. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 2927−2931. (#Co-first author). (Highly Cited Paper, Highlighted in Synfacts and X-MOL)

4.      Rong, Z.-Q.; Wang, M.; Zhao, Y.* Diastereodivergent organocatalytic asymmetric aza-Diels-Alder reaction: complementarity of N-heterocyclic carbene and chiral amine. Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 9483-9487. (selected as hot paper and back cover)

5.      Rong, Z.-Q.;# Zhang, Y.;# Chua, R. H. B.; Pan, H.-J.; Zhao, Y.* Dynamic Kinetic Asymmetric Amination of Alcohols: From A Mixture of Four Isomers to Diastereo- and Enantiopure a-Branched Amines. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 4944-4947.

6.      Wang, M.;# Rong, Z.-Q.;# Zhao, Y.* Stereoselective Synthesis of ε-Lactones or Spiro-Heterocycles through NHC-Catalyzed Annulation: Divergent Reactivity by Catalyst Control. Chem. Comm. 2014, 50, 15309-15312. (#Co-first author).

7.      Rong, Z.-Q.; Pan, H.-J.; Yan, H.-L.; Zhao, Y.* Enantioselective Oxidation of 1,2-Diols with Quinine-derived Urea Organocatalyst. Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 208−211.

8.      Rong, Z.-Q.; Jia, M.-Q.; You, S.-L.* Enantioselective N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Michael Addition to α,β-Unsaturated Aldehydes by Redox Oxidation. Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 4080-4083.

9.      Rong, Z.-Q.; Li, Y.; Yang, G.-Q.; You, S.-L.* D-Camphor-derived Triazolium Salts for Enantioselective Intramolecular Stetter Reactions. Synlett 2011, 1033-1037. (Invited special issue for Professor Xiyan Lu and Professor Li-Xin Dai)

10.  Rong, Z.-Q.; Zhang, W.; Yang, G.-Q.;* You, S.-L.* N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Redox Reactions of α-Functionalized Aldehydes. Curr. Org. Chem. 2011, 15, 3077-3090.

11.  Rong, Z.-Q.; Jia, M.-Q.; You, S.-L.* (1R,2R)-DPEN-Derived Triazolium Salts for Enantioselective Oxodiene Diels-Alder Reactions. Tetrahedron 2011, 67, 9329-9333.

12.  Yang, L.-C.; Tan, Z. Y.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Liu, R.; Wang, Y.-N.; Zhao, Y.* Pd-Titanium Relay Catalysis Enables Switch of Alkoxide-π-Allyl to Dienolate Reactivity for Spiro-Heterocycle Synthesis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 7860-7864.

13.  Wang, Y.-N.; Yang, L.- C.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Liu, T.-L.; Liu, R.; Zhao, Y.* Pd-Catalyzed Enantioselective [6+4] Cycloaddition of Vinyl Oxetanes with Azadienes to Access Ten-Membered Heterocycles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 1596-1600. Highly Cited Paper, Highlighted in Synfacts

14.  Paderes, M. C.;* Siau, W. Y.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Zhao, Y.* Catalytic and Enantioselective Direct α-Alkylation of 3-Aryl and 3-Alkyl Oxindole Using Quinine-Derived Urea Catalyst. Chem. Select 2018, 3, 6160-6164.

15.  Gu, Q.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Zheng, C.; You, S.-L.* Desymmetrization of Cyclohexadienones via Br➢nsted Acid-Catalyzed Enantioselective Oxo-Michael Reaction. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 4056-4057.

16.  Jia, M.-Q.; Li, Y.; Rong, Z.-Q.; You, S.-L.* Synthesis of (1R,2R)-DPEN-Derived Triazolium Salts and Their Application in Asymmetric Intramolecular Stetter Reactions. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2011, 9, 2072-2074.

17.  Wu, Q.-F.; Liu, W.-B.; Zhuo, C.-X.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Ye, K.-Y.; You, S.-L.* Iridium-Catalyzed Intramolecular Asymmetric Allylic Dearomatization of Phenols. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 4455-4458.





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