Zhimin CHENTenure-track Associate Professor

Tel: 021-54743472 
Email: chenzhimin221@sjtu.edu.cn 
Address: 上海市东川路800号上海交通大学建工楼322A室,邮编:200240  
Home Page: https://www.x-mol.com/groups/Chen_Zhimin323 

Educational Background

2009-2014  Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with Professor Yong-Qiang Tu
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, China
2005-2009   B.S. in Chemistry
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, China

Work Experience

Working Experience
2015-2017  Postdoctoral Researcher with Professor Matthew S. Sigman
Department of Chemistry, University of Utah, USA
2014-2017  Postdoctoral Research Assistant with Professor Yong-Qiang Tu
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Research Interests

Fields of Interests

Asymmetric Catalysis, Chiral Sulfur and Selenide Chemistry, Total Synthesis of Natural Products

Research Project



Recent Publications  

16Kai Ji, Ka Lu, Jie Huang, Zi-Hao Li, Hua Ke*Zhi-Min Chen*   

Brønsted Acid-Catalyzed Regioselective Hydrothiolation of Dienes: Solvent-Controlled Divergent Synthesis of Sulfides  

Org. Lett. 202123, 8028-8032.  

15. Yu-Yang Xie, Yun-Peng Wang, Xiao-Jing Zhao, Ai-Fang Wang,  Zhi-Min Chen*, Yong-Qiang Tu*.  

Oxyallyl Cation  Promoted Dearomative Semipinacol Rearrangement: Facile Stereodivergent  Synthesis of Spiro-indolines with Contiguous Quaternary Centers  

Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 6632-6635.  


14Deng Zhu, Ai-Hui YeZhi-Min Chen*  

N-Selenocyanato-dibenzenesulfonimide: a new electrophilic selenocyanation reagent (Feature Article, invited submission
Synthesis 2021DOI: 10.1055/a-1493-6885  

13Deng Zhu, Hui-Yun Luo, Zhi-Min Chen*  

Selenium-Catalyzed  Trifluoromethylsulfinylation/Rearrangement of Allylic and Propargylic  Alcohols: Access to Allylic and Allenic Triflones  

Org. Lett. 2021,23, 1044-1048.   


12. Deng Zhu, Tong-Mei Ding, Hui-Yun Luo, Hua Ke, Zhi-Min Chen*  

Divergent Synthesis of Trifluoromethyl Sulfoxides and β-SCF3 Carbonyl Compounds by Tandem Trifluoromethylthiolation/Rearrangement of Allylic and Propargylic Alcohols   

Org. Lett. 2020, 22, 7699-7703.  


11. Xu-Feng Song, Tong-Mei Ding, Deng Zhu, Jie Huang, Zhi-Min Chen*  

Lewis-Acid-Mediated Intramolecular  Trifluoromethylthiolation of Alkenes with Phenols: Access to  SCF3‑Containing Chromane and Dihydrobenzofuran Compounds  

Org. Lett. 202022, 7052-7056.   

10. Chao-Chao Xi, Xiao-Jing Zhao, Jin-Miao Tian*, Zhi-Min Chen*, Kun Zhang, Fu-Min Zhang, Yong-Qiang Tu*, and Jia-Wei Dong  

Atroposelective Synthesis of Axially  Chiral 3-Arylindoles by Copper-Catalyzed Asymmetric Cross-Coupling of  Indoles with Quinones and Naphthoquinones  

Org. Lett. 202022, 4995-5000.  

9. Yu-Yang Xie, Zhi-Min Chen,* Hui-Yun Luo, Hui Shao, Yong-Qiang Tu,* Xiaoguang Bao,* Ren-Fei Cao, Shu-Yu Zhang, Jin-Miao Tian  

Lewis Base/Brønsted Acid Cocatalyzed  Enantioselective Sulfenylation/Semipinacol Rearrangement of Di- and  Trisubstituted Allylic Alcohols  

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 12491-12496.  

Featured by Benjamin List, Joyce A. A. Grimm in SYNFACTS 2019, 15, 1175.  


8. Hui-Yun Luo, Jia-Wei Dong, Yu-Yang Xie, Xu-Feng Song, Deng Zhu, Tongmei Ding, Yuanyuan Liu,* Zhi-Min Chen *  

Lewis Base/Brønsted Acid Co-catalyzed Asymmetric Thiolation of Alkenes with Acid-Controlled Divergent Regioselectivity  

Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 15411-15418.  


7. Hui-Yun Luo, Yu-Yang Xie, Xu-Feng Song, Jia-Wei Dong, Deng Zhu, Zhi-Min Chen *  

Lewis base-catalyzed asymmetric  sulfenylation of alkenes: construction of sulfenylated lactones and  application to the formal syntheses of (-)-nicotlactone B and  (-)-galbacin  

Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 9367-9370.  


6. Ai-Hui Ye, Ye Zhang, Yu-Yang Xie, Hui-Yun Luo, Jia-Wei Dong, Xiao-Dong Liu, Xu-Feng Song, Tongmei Ding, Zhi-Min Chen*  

TMSCl-Catalyzed Electrophilic Thiocyano Oxyfunctionalization of Alkenes Using N-Thiocyano-dibenzenesulfonimide  

Org. Lett.2019, 21, 5106-5110.  


5. Xu-Feng Song, Ai-Hui Ye, Yu-Yang Xie, Jia-Wei Dong, Chao Chen, Ye Zhang,* Zhi-Min Chen* (equal contribution)  

Lewis Acid Mediated Thiocyano Semipinacol Rearrangement of Allylic Alcohols for the Construction of α-Quaternary Center β-Thiocyano Carbonyls   

Org. Lett.2019, 21, 9550-9554.  

4. Chao Chen, Jun-Chen Kang, Chen Mao, Jia-Wei Dong, Yu-Yang Xie, Tong-Mei Ding, Yong-Qiang Tu, Zhi-Min Chen*, Shu-Yu Zhang*  

Electrochemical Halogenation/Semi-pinacol  Rearrangement of Allylic Alcohols Using Inorganic Halide Salt: An  Eco-friendly Route to Synthesis of β-halocarbonyls  

Green Chem.2019, 21, 4014-4019. (Inside front cover)  


3. Jun-Chen Kang, Yong-Qiang Tu, Jia-Wei Dong, Chao Chen, Jia Zhou, Tong-Mei Ding, Jian-Tao Zai, Zhi-Min Chen*, Shu-Yu Zhang*.  

Electrochemical semipinacol rearrangements of allylic alcohols: construction of all-carbon quaternary stereocenters.  

Org. Lett.2019, 21, 2536–2540. (Most downloaded) 


2. Jia‐Wei Dong, Tongmei Ding, Shu‐Yu Zhang*, Zhi‐Min Chen*, Yong‐Qiang Tu*.  

A Facile Approach to Oximes and Ethers by a Tandem NO+‐Initiated Semipinacol Rearrangement and H‐Elimination.  

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 13192-13196.  


1. Chao-Chao Xi, Zhi-Min Chen*, Shu-Yu Zhang, Yong-Qiang Tu*.  

Electrophilic Trifluoromethylthiolation/Semipinacol Rearrangement: Preparation of β-SCF3 Carbonyl Compounds with α-Quaternary Carbon Center.  

Org. Lett.2018, 20, 4227–4230.   

Prior to SJTU:

1. Zhi-Min Chen, Jianbo Liu, Jing-Yao Guo, Maximilian Loch, Ryan Deluca, Matthew S. Sigman* (equal contribution)  

Palladium-catalyzed enantioselective alkenylation of alkenylbenzene derivatives  

Chem. Sci.2019, 10, 7246-7250  

2. Zhi-Min Chen,  Christine S. Nervig, Ryan J. DeLuca, and Matthew S. Sigman*.  Palladium-catalyzed enantioselective redox-relay Heck alkynylation of  alkenols to access propargylic stereocenters   

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 6651-6654.   

3. Zhi-Min Chen, Margaret J. Hilton, and Matthew S. Sigman*.   

Palladium-catalyzed enantioselective redox-relay Heck arylation of 1,1-disubstituted homoallylic alcohols    

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11461-11464.   

4. Zhi-Min Chen,† Xiao-Ming Zhang†, and Yong-Qiang Tu* (†equal contribution). Radical aryl migration reactions and synthetic applications   

Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 5220-5245.   

5. Zhi-Min Chen, Zhen Zhang, Yong-Qiang Tu,* Ming-Hui Xu, Fu-Min Zhang, Chen-Chen Li, and Shao-Hua Wang*.  

A Mn(III)/TEMPO-co-mediated tandem azidation/1,2-carbon migration reaction of allylic silyl ethers    

Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 10805-10808.   

6. Zhi-Min Chen, Wei Bai, Shao-Hua Wang, Bin-Miao Yang, Yong-Qiang Tu,* and Fu-Min Zhang.   

Copper-catalyzed tandem trifluoromethylation/semipinacol rearrangement of allylic alcohols   

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 9781-9785.   

7. Zhi-Min Chen, Bin-Miao Yang, Zhi-Hua Chen, Qing-Wei Zhang, Min Wang, and Yong-Qiang Tu*.   

Organocatalytic asymmetric fluorination/semipinacol rearrangement: An efficient approach to chiral β-fluoroketones    

Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 12950-12954.   

8. Zhi-Min Chen, Qing-Wei Zhang, Zhi-Hua Chen, Hui Li, Yong-Qiang Tu,* Fu-Min Zhang, and Jin-Miao Tian.   

Organocatalytic asymmetric  halogenation/semipinacol rearrangement: highly efficient synthesis of  chiral α-oxa-quaternary β-haloketones   

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 8818-8821.   

Research Opportunities
Candidates with  asymmetric catalysis,  organometallic chemistry or organic synthesis background are welcomed to  apply. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me anytime  and send your CV to chenzhimin221@sjtu.edu.cn.




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Honors and Awards

Honors & Awards
1. Postdoctoral Fellowship from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2015-2017)
2. National Scholarship for Graduate Students, China (2013)
3. National Scholarship for Graduate Students, China (2012)
4. “Tang Au-Chin” Chemistry Scholarship (2012)
5. The 5th “Hanyu Scholarship” for Graduate Students (2012)
6. Outstanding Undergraduate Graduation Thesis, Fuzhou University, China (2009)

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