Wei Zhang



Dr. Wei Zhang did his PhD and postdoc research with late Professor Paul Dowd at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a Professor and Director of Center for Green Chemistry in Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Boston. His previous positions include Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Chemist at DuPont Agricultural Products, and Director of Discovery Chemistry at Fluorous Technologies, Inc. His research is in the fields of fluorous chemistry, asymmetric organocatalysis, free radical synthesis, combinatorial/medicinal chemistry, and green chemistry. He has published over 168 peer-reviewed articles including three Chemical Review and four Tetrahedron Reports articles. He is the co-editor of a book “Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry” (Wiley, 2012). He has served as editor and editorial advisory board for five international journals including Molecular Diversity, Green Processing and Synthesis, and ASC Combinatorial Science. He is the winner of 2015 International Fluorous Technologies Award.

Representative Publications:

Zhang, X.; Zhi, S.; Wang, W.; Liu, S.; Jasinski, J. P.; Zhang, W. “A Pot-economy and Diastereoselective Synthesis Involving Catalyst-free Click Reaction for Fused-triazolobenzodiazepines” Green Chem. 2016, 18, 2642-2646.
Huang, X.; Pham, K.; Yi, W.; Zhang, X.; Clamens C.; Hyatt, J. H.; Jasinsk, J. P.; Tayvah, U.; Zhang, W. “Recyclable Organocatalyst-promoted One-pot Asymmetric Synthesis of Spirooxindoles Bearing Multiple Stereogenic Centers” Adv. Synth. Catal. 2015, 357, 3820-3824.
Jiang, L.; Yi, W.-B.; Lu, G.; Cai, C.; Zhang, W. “Direct Trifluoromethylthiolation and Perfluoroalkylthiolation of SP2 C-H Bonds with NaSO2CF3 or NaSO2Rf” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 14965-14969.
Zhang, W. “Green Chemistry Aspects of Fluorous Techniques – Opportunities and Challenges for Small-Scale Organic Synthesis” critical review, Green Chem. 2009, 11, 911-920.
Zhang, W. “Fluorous Linker-Facilitated Chemical Synthesis” Chem. Rev. 2009, 109, 749-795.