Prof. Wen-Xiong Zhang

Wen-Xiong Zhang Professor                                       

Rare-Earth Organometallic Chemistry and Elemental Organic Chemistry

Office: Chemistry Building A630

Phone: 010-6275-8294


1999.09-2002.09    Ph.D., College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, China.
       Supervisor: Prof. Li-Cheng Song
1996.09-1999.06    M.Sc., School of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Guangxi Normal University, Guangxi,
       Supervisor: Prof. Wenbang Huang
1992.09-1996.07    B.Sc., College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Normal University, Hunan, China.


Research and Professional Experience

2018.01-present       Boya Distinguished Professor, College of Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China.

2016.08-2017.12      Professor, College of Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China.

2008.08-2008.09      Visiting Scientist,  Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and                 Chemical Research), Wako, Japan.

2007.10-2016.07      Associate Professor, College of Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China.

2004.11-2007.10      Postdoctoral Fellow, Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and            Chemical Research), Wako, Japan.                                   

                                 Supervisor: Prof. Zhaomin Hou

2004.01-2004.03     JST Researcher, Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

                                Supervisor: Prof. Tamotsu Takahashi

2002.10-2004.10     Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China.                                              Supervisor: Prof. Zhenfeng  Xi


Awards and Honors

2019  Baosteel Excellent Teacher Award

2019  Excellent Doctoral Thesis Instructor of Peking University

2017  The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China

2016  Academicians Yang Fuqing-Wang Yangyuan Named Excellent Teaching and Research Award

2015  Thieme Chemistry Journals Award.


Academic Activity

2023-Present   Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Organometallics

2019-Present   Associate Editor, Green Synthesis & Catalysis, Elsevier B. V.

2019-Present   Member of Editorial Board, Chinese Chemical Letters (CCL)

2015-2019       Young Member of Editorial Board, Chinese Chemical Letters (CCL)

2018-Present   Member of Editorial Board, Chinese Journal of Organic Chemistry

2017-Present   Editorial Board Member of Rising Stars, Chinese Journal of Chemistry

2019-Present   Young Member of Editorial Board, Chemical Research in Chinese Universities

2008-Present   Member of Chinese Chemical Society (CCS)

2019-Present   Member of the Board of Directors of Beijing Chemical Society

2023-Present   Member of the Organic Chemistry Discipline Committee of the 31st Council

                         of the Chinese Chemical Society

2023-Present   Vice Chairman of the Phosphorus Chemistry Professional Committee

                         of the Chinese Chemical Society


Research Interests

· Design, synthesis and small molecule activation of novel rare-earth organometallics.

· Direct synthesis of organophosphorus compounds from white phosphorus.

· Element organic chemistry focusing on B, Si, P and S chemistry.


Representative Publications

(*: Corresponding author, #: Authors contributed equally)

1. Yu Zheng#, Chang-Su Cao#, Wangyang Ma#, Tianyang Chen, Botao Wu, Chao Yu, Zhe Huang, Jianhao Yin, Han-Shi Hu*, Jun Li, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, 2-Butene Tetraanion Bridged Dinuclear Samarium(III) Complexes via Sm(II)-Mediated Reduction of Electron-Rich Olefins,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020142, 10705-10714.

2. Yang Wang*, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, Carbodiimide-Based Synthesis of N-Heterocycles: Moving from Two Classical Reactive Sites to Chemical Bond Breaking/Forming Reaction,

Chem. Soc. Rev. 202049, 5810-5849.

3. Nan Li#, Botao Wu#, Chao Yu, Tianyu Li, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Trishomoaromatic (B3N3Ph6) Dianion: Characterization and Two-Electron Reduction,

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 8868-8872.

4. Ze-Jie Lv, Zhe Huang, Jinghang Shen, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, Well-Defined Scandacyclopropenes: Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 20547-20555.

5. Ze-Jie Lv, Zhe Huang, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Scandium-Promoted Direct Conversion of Dinitrogen into Hydrazine Derivatives via N-C Bond Formation,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 8773-8777.

6. Shanshan Du#, Jimin Yang#, Jingyuan Hu, Zhengqi Chai, Gen Luo, Yi Luo, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, Direct Functionalization of White Phosphorus to Cyclotetraphosphanes: Selective Formation of Four P−C Bonds,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141, 6843-6847.

7. Jianhao Yin#, Jiapeng Li#, Gao-Xiang Wang#, Zhu-Bao Yin, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Dinitrogen Functionalization Affording Chromium Hydrazido Complex,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141, 4241-4247.

8. Shanshan Du, Jianhao Yin, Yue Chi, Ling Xu, and Wen-Xiong Zhang*, Dual Functionalization of White Phosphorus: Formation, Characterization, and Reactivity of Rare-Earth-Metal Cyclo-PComplexes,

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201756, 15886-15890.

9. Baosheng Wei, Liang Liu, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Butadienylcalcium-based Heavy Grignard Reagents and a Ca4[O] Inverse Crown Ether Complex,

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201756, 9188-9192.

10. Liang Liu, Miaomiao Zhu, Hai-Tao Yu, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Organocopper(III) Spiro Complexes: Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Redox Transformation,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139, 13688-13691.

11. Yongliang Zhang, Junnian Wei, Yue Chi, Xuan Zhang, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Spiro Metalla-aromatics of Pd, Pt, Rh: Synthesis and Characterization,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139, 5039-5042.

12. Wangyang Ma, Chao Yu, Yue Chi, Tianyang Chen, Lianjun Wang, Jianhao Yin, Baosheng Wei, Ling Xu, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, Formation and Ligand-Based Reductive Chemistry of Bridged Bis-alkylidene Scandium(III) Complexes,

Chem. Sci. 20178, 6852-6856.

13. Wangyang Ma#, Chao Yu#, Tianyang Chen#, Ling Xu, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, Metallacyclopentadienes: Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity,

Chem. Soc. Rev. 201746, 1160-1192.

14. Liang Liu, Junnian Wei, Yue Chi, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Structure and Reaction Chemistry of Magnesium Organocuprates Derived from Magnesiacyclopentadienes and Copper(I) Salts,

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201655, 14762-14765.

15. Ling Xu, Yue Chi, Shanshan Du, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, Direct Synthesis of Phospholyl Lithium from White Phosphorus,

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed201655, 9187-9190.

16. Kunbing Ouyang, Wei Hao, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi, Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Cleavage of C–N Single Bonds,

Chem. Rev. 2015115, 12045-12090.

17. Yang Wang, Yue Chi, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Regioselective Ring Expansion of 2,4-Diiminoazetidines via Cleavage of C–N and C(sp3)–H bonds: Efficient Construction of 2,3-Dihydropyrimidinesulfonamides,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012134, 2926-2929.

18. Wen-Xiong Zhang, Shaoguang Zhang, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Zirconocene and Si-Tethered Diynes: A Happy Match Directed towards Organometallic Chemistry and Organic Synthesis,

Acc. Chem. Res. 201144, 541-551.

19. Yang Wang, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, Zitao Wang, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Procedure-Controlled Selective Synthesis of 5-Acyl-2-iminothiazolines and their Selenium and Tellurium Derivatives by Convergent Tandem Annulation,

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201150, 8122-8126.

20. Zitao Wang, Yang Wang, Wen-Xiong Zhang*, Zhaomin Hou, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Efficient One-Pot Synthesis of 2,3-Dihydropyrimidinthiones via Multicomponent Coupling of Terminal Alkynes, Elemental Sulfur, and Carbodiimides,

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009131, 15108-15109.