2008 – present Professor(Cheung Kong Professor since 2015), College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University; (Principal Investigator, Theoretical and Synthetic Organic Chemistry Lab, PKU)
2004 – 2008 Associate Professor, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University
2001 – 2004 Postdoctoral Associate, with Professor K. N. Houk (2002-2004), and Prof K .N. Houk. Prof. M. Mascal (2001-2002)，Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of California, Los Angeles
1997– 2001Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Computational Chemistry Thesis: Theoretical Studies of Organic Reactions (Research Advisor: Professor Yun-Dong Wu)
1994 – 1997 MS, Department of Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China Synthetic Organic Chemistry Thesis: Synthesis of Amphiphatic Molecules toward an Understanding of the F0F1-ATPase Structure (Research Advisor: Professor Qingzhong Zhou)
1987 – 1991 BS, Department of Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China Majored in Inorganic Chemistry；
2010,1 – 2010,7 Visiting Scholar, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University (with Professor Eric N. Jacobsen)
2012,6 – 2012,8 Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Duke University (with Professor Weitao Yang)
Computational and Synthetic Organic Chemistry, medicinal Chem.
Joining Forces of Computation and Organic Synthesis to
(1) Study Reaction Mechanisms;
(2) Discover, Design and Develop New Reactions;
(3) Synthesize Natural and Non-natural Products;
(4) Design and Develop New Drug Leads.
- Bayer Investigator Award at PKU, 2018.
- Wuxi Pharma Life Science Research Scholar Award, 2018.
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016.
- Cheung Kong Professorship, Ministry of Education, China, 2015.
- Nankai University Lectureship on Organic Chemistry, 2014.
- Advisor of the Best 100 Ph.D Theses in China, 2012, Ministry of Education, China.
- The Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (Singapore), the Asian Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry programs, 2012.
- Chinese Chemical Society-Sci Finder Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 2011.
- Chinese Chemical Society-Physical Organic Chemistry Award, 2011.
- Chinese Chemical Society-BASF Award, 2011.
- Distinguished Lectureship Award, the Asian Symposium of Annual Meeting of Chemical Society of Japan, 2010.
- The Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (Japan), the Asian Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry programs, 2008.
- The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China, 2008.
- The Young Chemist Award, the Chinese Chemical Society & the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2008.
- Thieme Synlett/Synthesis Journal Award, 2008.
- Nominated for the Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Research, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004.
- Research Excellence Award, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004.
- “An Unexpected Role of A Trace Amount of Water in Catalyzing Proton Transfer in Phosphine-Catalyzed (3+2) Cycloaddition of Allenoates and Alkenes”， Yuanzhi Xia, Yong Liang, Yuanyuan Chen, Ming Wang, Lei Jiao, Feng Huang, Song Liu, Yahong Li, Zhi-Xiang Yu,* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 3470.
- “A Frontier Molecular Orbital Theory Approach to Understanding the Mayr Equation and to Quantifying Nucleophilicity and Electrophilicity by Using HOMO and LUMO Energies”， Lian-Gang Zhuo, Wei Liao, and Zhi-Xiang Yu,* Asian J. Org. Chem., 2012, 1, 336.
- “Vinylcyclopropane Derivatives in Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Cycloadditions for the Synthesis of Carbocyclic Compounds”，Lei Jiao and Zhi-Xiang Yu,* J. Org. Chem., 2013, 78, 6842.
- “Rhodium-Catalyzed [5 + 2 + 1] Cycloaddition of Ene–Vinylcyclopropanes and CO: Reaction Design, Development, Application in Natural Product Synthesis, and Inspiration for Developing New Reactions for Synthesis of Eight-Membered Carbocycles”， Yi Wang and Zhi-Xiang Yu,* Acc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48, 2288.
- “Asymmetric Total Synthesis of (–)-Clovan-2,9-dione Using Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed [3+2+1] Cycloaddition of 1-Yne-vinylcyclopropane and CO ”， Jun Yang, Wenbo Xu, Qi Cui, Xing Fan, Lu-Ning Wang, and Zhi-Xiang Yu,* Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 6040.