ChemComm’s 60th Anniversary – Chen Zhu

ChemComm is publishing its 60th volume in 2024. Over the past 60 years, ChemComm has been the RSC’s most cited journal, and one of the most trusted venues for rapid publication of short communications. In our anniversary year, we recognise the important contributions ChemComm has made, and continues to make, in advancing the chemical sciences.

As part of our anniversary celebrations, we’ve brought together a collection featuring the latest research from some of our most loyal and dedicated authors. From those marking the beginning of their independent academic career by publishing their first article with us, to the rising stars and established leaders publishing in our yearly ‘Emerging Investigators’ and ‘Pioneering Investigators’ collections, this collection champions the contributions of our worldwide author community. We are proud many authors choose to support our journal by regularly publishing their best work with us. This collection also features papers from our ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship winners, and our Outstanding Reviewer awardees, whose invaluable feedback has shaped our published content through the years.

To accompany the collection, we’ll be publishing interviews with contributing authors where they provide further insight into their research and reflect on their journey with ChemComm.

Check out our interview with Professor Chen Zhu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) below!


  Chen Zhu received a BS degree from Xiamen University in 2003, and a PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Guo-Qiang Lin. After postdoctoral research in Gakushuin University, Japan with Prof. Takahiko Akiyama, he moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, working with Prof. John R. Falck and Prof. Chuo Chen as postdoctoral fellow. He was appointed as full professor at Soochow University in Dec. 2013, and joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University in July 2022. His research interests include radical-mediated transformations and the applications in the construction of biologically active compounds and polymers.


What is your favourite thing about ChemComm?

Rapid publication, interdisciplinary fields, broad readership and high visibility

Could you provide a brief summary of your recent ChemComm publication?

The work describes an unusual Z-selective radical difunctionalization of aromatic alkynes by the strategy of functional group migration,leading to a range of valuable triarylethenes. A novel spin-trapping reagent is developed based on the synthesized product.

In your opinion, what are the next steps or potential areas of research that could build upon the findings in this paper?

More challenging transformations in radical chemistry could be solved with the inspiration of functional group migration.In addition,valuable molecules such as bioactive compounds,organic optoelectronic materials,and spin-trapping reagents could be developed based on the triarylethene products.


Be sure to read Chen’s Communication, “Z-selective radical difunctionalization of aromatic alkynes: synthesis of multi-substituted triarylethenes” to learn more!

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