Hong-Gang Cheng (程鸿刚) (Associate Professor)

DOB: 24/11/1986

Citizenship: P. R. China

Marital Status: Married

Contact Information:

Room: North 110, College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences,Wuhan University

No. 299 Bayi Road, Wuhan,  Hubei 430072, P. R. China

Phone: +027-68755487,E-mail: hgcheng@whu.edu.cn

Work Experience    

Jul. 2019-Now            Associate Professor, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

May 2018-Oct.2019    Postdoctoral Scholar, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany (Advisor: Prof. Franziska Schoenebeck)

Feb. 2016-Jun. 2019   Research Associate, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China  (Advisor: Prof. Qianghui Zhou)

Sep. 2014-Aug. 2015  Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (Advisor: Prof. Shū Kobayashi)


Sep. 2008-Jun. 2014  Ph.D of Organic Chemistry, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China (Advisor:Prof. Wen-Jing Xiao)

Sep. 2004-Jun. 2008 B.S. of Chemistry, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China (Advisor:Prof. Wen-Jing Xiao)

Research Field and Interests    

Catellani Reaction

Asymmetric Catalysis

Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules

Selected Publications   

  1. Cheng, H.-G.; Chen, S.; Chen, R.; Zhou, Q.* “The Pd(II)-Initiated Catellani-Type Reactions”, Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 5832–5844.
  2. Qian, G.; Bai, M.; Gao, S.; Chen, H.; Zhou, S.; Cheng, H.- G.*; Yan, W.; Zhou, Q.* “Modular One-Step Three‐Component Synthesis of Tetrahydroisoquinolines via a Catellani Strategy”, Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 10980–10984. (Highlighted in Synfacts 2018, 14, 1128.)
  3. Cheng, H.-G.; Wu, C.; Chen, H.; Chen, R.; Qian, G.; Geng, Z.; Wei, Q.; Xia, Y.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, Y.; Zhou, Q.* “Epoxides as Alkylating Reagents for the Catellani Reaction”, Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 3444–3448. (Front Cover, Highly Cited PaperHighlighted in Chin. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 38, 1566–1568.)
  4. Cheng, H.-G.; Zhou, Q.* “Bridgehead-modified NBEs: A Solution to ortho Constraint in Catellani Reaction”, Chem 2018, 4, 1775–1777.
  5. Cheng, H.-G.; Lu, L.-Q.; Wang, T.; Yang, Q.-Q.; Liu, X.-P.; Li, Y.; Deng, Q.-H.; Chen, J.-R.*; Xiao, W.-J.* “Highly Enantioselective Friedel–Crafts Alkylation/N-Hemiacetalization Cascade Reaction with Indoles”, Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3250–3254. (IF: 12.257) (Hot Paper, Highlighted in Synfacts 2013, 9, 624.)
  6. Cheng, H.-G.;† Ramos, J. M.;† Miyamura, H.; Yoo, W.-J.; Kobayashi, S.* “Integration of Aerobic Oxidation and Intramolecular Asymmetric aza-Friedel–Crafts Reactions with a Chiral Bifunctional Heterogeneous Catalyst”, Sci. 2017, 8, 1356–1359.

Chinese Patents 

  1. Xiao, W.-J.*; Cheng, H.-G.; Chen, J.-R.; Lu, L.-Q.; Wang, T. “Chiral 2,3-dihydropyrro[1,2-a] Indole Derivatives and Their Asymmetric Synthetic Methods”, ZL 201210479541.8, China.
  2. Xiao, W.-J.*; Cheng, H.-G.; Chen, J.-R. “Chiral Sulfoxide-Phosphine Ligands: Preparation and Application”, ZL 201310601270.3, China.
  3. Zhou, Q.*; Wu, C.; Cheng, H.-G.;A New Method for the Synthesis of 2,3-Dihydrobenzofurans”, CN2018102990428, China.


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