Shengjun Ni

Postdoc (October 2018 – present)

Chemical biography

Shengjun joined our group in October 2018, very shortly after completing his PhD on carbocation-catalysed reactions in the group of Johan Franzén at KTH in Stockholm.

Prior to that, Shengjun completed his Masters degree in organometallic chemistry at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), where his project was supervised by Prof. Shengming Ma. His project focused on the transformations of strained molecules, such as cyclopropenes and methylenecyclopropanes.

Shengjun also spent a year working in industry at Basilea Pharmeceutica China Ltd (BPC), where he prepared anti-fungal drugs and earned several prizes for the efficiency of his syntheses.

In our group, Shengjun is working on several projects. These include some chemoselective coupling and organoboronate chemistry, but primarily he is focusing on new strategies for improving the green credentials of some transition metal catalysed C-H functionalization reactions.


From research in our group

13. Mechanochemical Solvent-Free Catalytic C–H Methylation
S. Ni, M. Hribersek, S. Baddigam, F. L. J. Ingner, A. Orthaber, P. J. Gates, L. T. Pilarski*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, accepted.

From work before joining our group

12. Carbocation-Catalyzed Intramolecular Aldehyde-olefin Metathesis
S. Ni, J. Franzén
Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 12981

11. Carbocation Catalyzed Bromination of Alkyl Arenes, a Chemoselective sp3 vs. sp2 C-H functionalization
S. Ni, M. Remaily, J. Franzén
Adv. Synth. Catal. 2018360, 4197

10. Chiral Anion Directed Asymmetric Carbocation-Catalyzed Diels-Alder Reactions
S. Ni, V. R. Naidu, J. Franzén
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2016, 1708

9. The Carbocation: A Forgotten Lewis Acid Catalyst
V. R. Naidu, S. Ni, J. Franzén
ChemCatChem 20157, 1896

8. Carbocation Catalysis: Oxa-Diels-Alder Reactions of Unactivated Aldehydes and Simple Dienes
M. Remaily, V. R. Naidu, S. Ni, J. Franzén
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 6610

7. Cadmium Iodide-Mediated Allenylation of Terminal Alkylation of Ketones
X. Tang, C. Zhu, T. Cao, J. Kuang, W. Lin, S. Ni, J. Zhang, S. Ma
Nature Commun. 20134, 2450

6. Unexpected Regioselectivity Switch: Organophosphine-Triggered Reactions of Cyclopropene-1,1-dicarboxylates with Aldehydes
S. Ni, J. Chen. S. Ma
Org. Lett. 201515, 2390

5. Bimetallic Enantioselective Approach to Axially Chiral Allenes
R. Lü, J. Ye, T. Cao, B. Chen., W Fan, W. Lin, J. Lin, H. Luo, B. Miao, S. Ni, X. Tang, N. Wang, Y. Wang,X, Xie, Q. Yu, W. Yuan, W. Zhang, C. Zhu, S. Ma
Org. Lett. 201315, 2254

4. Palladium-Catalyzed Reaction of Propargylic Carbonates with Benzyne
S. Ni, W. Shu, S. Ma
Synlett 201324, 2310

3. Preparation of 1-Benzyl-2-methyl-3-(ethoxycarbonyl)-4-(2-phenylethyl)-1H-pyrrole from 4-Phenyl-1,2-butadiene
S. Ni, C. Zhu, J. Chen, S. Ma
Org. Synth. 201390, 327

2. Tuning of Regioselectivity in Inorganic Iodide-Catalyzed Alkylation of 2-Methoxyfurans via Electronic and Steric Effects
J. Chen, S. Ni, S. Ma
Adv. Synth. Catal. 2012354, 1114

1. Highly Regioselective Synthesis of 2,3,5-Trisubstituted Furans via Phosphine-Catalyzed Ring-Opening Cycloisomerization Reactions of Cyclopropenyl Dicarboxylates
J. Chen, S, Ni, S. Ma
Synlett 20117, 931

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