Our research interest is the application of organocatalysis and photocatalysis in both small molecule and polymer synthesis, with a further extension to medicinal and materials chemistry.
Current research projects are aiming to develop organocatalytic polymerization via different mechanisms, possibly with temporal and spatial control by visible light, with a focus on new catalyst and new catalytic system development. We are also interesed in the methodology development , with a current focus on radical fluorosulfonylation and photoinduced biomass transformation.
I. Organocatalytic Polymerization
With a focus on new organocatalyst and new catalytic system development. Controlled metal-free ATRP, RAFT, ROP polymerization have been achieved with the organocatalysts developed in this laboratory. See: Nat. Commun. 2020, doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20645-8; Polym. Chem. 2020, 11, 3709; Eur. Polym. J. 2020, 123: 109449; Polym. Chem. 2019, 10, 6662, etc.).
II. FSO2 and SuFEx Chemistry
We are interested in the development of new reagents and radical fluorosulfonylation for the synthesis of sulfonyl fluorides, and further application of sulfonyl fluorides and SuFEx chemistry in polymer synthesis. See: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, doi: 10.1002/anie.202012229; Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 5340; Org. Lett. 2020, 22, 3692; Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 8673; Nat. Commun. 2019, 10: 3752, etc.