CV

Rong Zhu
 
Room B547
College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering
Peking University
Beijing 100871, China
Personal website: http://rongzhu.mit.edu/
 
 
 
 
 
Employment
 
 
Assistant Professor, PI
Peking University
 
 
3/2018 –
 
 
Postdoctoral Associate
with Prof. Timothy M. Swager
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research focus: smart polymer materials, chemical sensors, RFID, and associated environmental, health and military applications
4/2015 – 1/2018
 
 
Postdoctoral Fellow
with Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research focus: synthetic chemistry, catalysis and applications in drug synthesis/development
 
1/2015 – 4/2015
 
 
Education
 
 
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisor: Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald
Thesis: Development of Copper-Catalyzed Enantioselective Alkene      Difunctionalization Reactions via Radical Intermediates
 
9/2010 – 1/2015
 
B.S. in Chemistry
Peking University
Advisors: Prof. Zhen Yang and Prof. Jiahua Chen
Thesis: Development of Asymmetric Vinylogous Mukaiyama Aldol Reactions and Studies towards the Total Synthesis of Cebulactams
9/2006 – 6/2010
 
Additional Research Experience
 
 
Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Advisor: Prof. John P. Wolfe
Research Topic: Palladium-Catalyzed Carboamination
7/2008-8/2008
 
Honors and Awards
 
 
US Army Soldier Design Competition, 2nd Place, at Institute of Soldier’s Nanotechnology
2016
Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
2016
Wellington and Irene Loh Fund Fellowship
2013
Sumitomo Fellowship, Peking University
2009
Li Huirong Fellowship, Peking University
2008
Bao Steel Fellowship, Peking University
2007
First Prize, College Student Physics Competition, Beijing
2007
First Prize, National High School Chemistry Olympiad, China
2006
 
Publications
 
11.
Zhu, R.; Swager, T. M.* "Polymer Valence Isomerism: Polu(Dewar-o-xylylene)s."
 
Journal of the American Chemical Society2018140, 5211.
 
10.
Zhu, R.; Desroches, M.; Yoon, B.; Swager, T. M.* " Wireless Oxygen Sensors Enabled by Fe(II)-Polymer Wrapped Carbon Nanotubes."
 
ACS Sensors, 2017, 2, 1044.
 
9.
Sha, S.-C.; Zhu, R.; Herbert, M. B.; Kalow, J. A.; Swager, T. M.* " Chemical Warfare Simulant-Responsive Polymer Nanocomposites: Synthesis and Evaluation."  
 
Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 55, 3034.
 
8.
Zhu, R.1; Azzarelli, J. M. 1; Swager, T. M.* " Wireless Hazard Badges to Detect Nerve-Agent Simulants."
 
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2016, 55, 9662.
* Highlighted by Chemistry & Engineering News; Selected as "Top research 2016" by ACS
 
7.
Zhu, R.; Buchwald, S. L.* " Versatile Enantioselective Synthesis of Functionalized Lactones via Copper-Catalyzed Radical Oxyfunctionalization of Alkenes."
 
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 8069.
* Highlighted by Synfacts
 
6.
Zhu, R.; Buchwald, S. L.* "Enantioselective Functionalization of Radical Intermediates in Redox Catalysis: Copper-Catalyzed Asymmetric Oxytrifluoromethylation of Alkenes."
 
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 12655.  
* Selected as Very Important Paper (VIP). Highlighted by Synfacts
 
5.
Yang, S.; Xi, Y.; Zhu, R.; Wang, L.; Chen, J.*; Yang, Z.* "Asymmetric Total Syntheses of Ansamacrolactams (+)-Q-1047H-A-A and (+)-Q-1047H-R-A."
 
Organic Letters, 2013, 15, 812.
 
4.
Zhu, R.; Buchwald, S. L.* "Copper-Catalyzed Oxytrifluoromethylation of Unactivated Alkenes."
 
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134, 12462.
* Highlighted by Synfacts
 
3.
Zhu, R.; Buchwald, S. L.* " Combined Oxypalladation/C–H Functionalization: Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Intramolecular Oxidative Oxyarylation of Hydroxyalkenes”
 
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2012, 51, 1926.
* Highlighted by Synfacts
 
2.
Wang, L.; Xi, Y.; Yang, S.; Zhu, R.; Liang, Y.; Chen, J.*; Yang, Z.* " Asymmetric Total Synthesis and Structural Elucidation of NFAT-68."
 
Organic Letters, 2011, 13, 74.
 
1.
Liang, Y.; Wang, L.; Zhu, R.; Deng, L.; Yang, Y.; Quan, J.*; Chen, J.*; Yang, Z.* " An Unprecedented Silver Salt Effect Switches the Facial Selectivity in the Vinylogous Mukaiyama Aldol Reaction."
 
Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 2010, 352, 2387
 
Patents
1.
US20170364785A1
2017
 
"Ionic Liquid Carbon Nanotube Composites for Wireless Chemical Sensing."
Swager, T. M.; Zhu, R.; Azzarelli, J. M.
 
Scientific Service
 
2015-2016
Contributor of Synfacts 
 
2014-present
 
Reviewer for:
Organic Letters, Dalton, Macromolecules, Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters, Polymers.