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Catalytic Organic Synthesis

Prof. Shoufei Zhu's research interests focus on catalytic organic synthesis, particularly those involving hydrogen transfer as key steps. He developed novel "chiral proton shuttle" catalysts for metal-catalyzed reactions, which can realize efficient chiral control of proton transfer of active intermediates and have been recognized as "an area poised for further development". He developed a catalytic insertion reaction of carbene into B‒H bond, which contains a critical hydrogen atom transfer process and provide "an attractive approach to chiral organoborons". Moreover, he also developed various efficient transition-metal catalysts for the hydrogenation and hydrosilylation, which contain metal-hydride transfers as key steps and have been used for preparing bioactive compounds.

Website: http://zhou.nankai.edu.cn/index.php/staffs/prof-shou-fei-zhu