RCE Emerging Investigator- Chengming Wang

Chengming Wang is a Professor at Jinan University, China. He earned his Ph.D. degree (2017) from RWTH Aachen University under the guidance of Professor Magnus Rueping. Thereafter he moved to Duke University, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2018-2019) with Professor Qiu Wang. Since 2019, he has been a full professor at the chemistry department of Jinan University. His current research interests mainly include the developments of redox-neutral transformations, transition metal catalysis and novel radical chemistry.

Read Chengming’s Emerging Investigator article, ‘Copper-catalyzed Redox-neutral Regioselective Chlorosulfonylation of Vinylarenes’ , DOI: 10.1039/D1RE00188D

Check out our interview below:

How do you feel about RCE as a place to publish research on this topic?

The Emerging Investigator Series of RCE is a very good platform for excellent early-career researchers, who are making a difference in the chemistry community, to showcase and feature their initial work.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

One of the most excited aspects of our current work is to develop and explore new NHC-catalyzed aldehyde-free radical reactions to further extend the catalytic system which is firstly disclosed by us in 2019 (Org. Chem. Front. 2021, 8, 1454–1460.)

The most challenging part of this research is the detailed mechanism study.

In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

How to capture/characterize the proposed NHC radical cation intermediate? And how about the asymmetric version of your reaction?

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

Follow the path chosen by yourself single-mindedly rather than the so-called short cut.


Find out more about Chengming Wang’s research on his group website

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