Zhang-Jie Shi, Peking University, China, has been awarded the OMCOS Award for organometallic chemistry. The OMCOS award is presented at the biennial OMCOS (IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis) meeting to a scientist under the age of 40 who has made meritorious contributions to the field of organometallic chemistry and organic synthesis.
Shi was honored for his work on transition-metal-catalyzed C–H functionalization reactions. The prize was awarded at OMCOS 17 in Fort Collins, CO, USA, on July 31, 2013.
Zhang-Jie Shi studied chemistry at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 2001 under Shengming Ma from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He then moved to Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA, to do a one year National Institute of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellowship with Gregory L. Verdine. From 2002–2004 he was a research associate at the University of Chicago, IL, USA, with Chuan He.
In 2004, Shi was appointed to Peking University and was promoted to professor in 2008.
His research focuses on the development of efficient and economic synthetic methods, in particular C–O and C–H activation. He has recently described a new approach to Suzuki–Miyarua coupling, directed rhodium catalysis, and rhodium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions.
Selected publications by Zhang-Jie Shi:
- Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed Redox-Economic Cross-Coupling of Carboxylic Acids with Arenes Directed by N-Containing Groups,
F. Pan, Z.-Q. Lei, H. Wang, H. Li, J. Sun, Z.-J. Shi,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 2063.
- Reductive Cleavage of the Csp2–Csp3 Bond of Secondary Benzyl Alcohols: Rhodium Catalysis Directed by N-Containing Groups,
K. Chen, H. Li, Z.-Q. Lei, Y. Li, W.-H. Ye, L.-S. Zhang, J. Sun, Z.-J. Shi,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 9851.
- Mutual Activation: Suzuki–Miyaura Coupling through Direct Cleavage of the sp2 C–O Bond of Naphtholate,
Da-Gang Yu, Zhang-Jie Shi,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50(31), 7097–7100.