Rong Ziqiang


The basic information

Rong Ziqiang

Institute of Flexible Electronics




Assistant Dean

General Introduction

Ziqiang was born and raised in Shandong Province. When Ziqiang completed his B.S. in 2007 from Linyi University, he went to Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he did his Master studies under the supervision of Professor Shu-Li You. His research focused on asymmetric organic catalysis with the N-heterocyclic Carbene as the chiral catalyst. Then Ziqiang joined Prof. Zhao Yu’s group at National University of Singapore in 2012, he investigated the asymmetric borrowing hydrogenation and medium sized ring construction using transition metal catalysis. Upon completion of his Ph.D. studies in 2016, he worked with Prof. Dong Guangbin at the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral associate in the field of C-C bond activation using transition metal catalysis. In October of 2018, he joined Department of Chemistry at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) as a full professor. His research program at NPU focuses on the development of new efficient catalytic methodology for the medicinal chemistry and material science.

Work Experience

2018.11-present Northwestern Polytechnical University (Professor)

2017-2018.10     Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof.Guangbin Dong

                           Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago

Education Experience

2013-2016         Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with Prof. Yu Zhao

                          Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore   

2012-2013         Research Associate with Prof. Yu Zhao

                          Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore

2008-2011         M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, with Prof. Shu-Li You

                          College of Chemical Engineering, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology

                          Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, P. R. China

2003-2007         B.Sc in Applied Chemistry

                          Department of Chemistry, LinYi University

Awards Information

2019     Program for Young Talents of Shaanxi Province

2018     Aoxiang Distinguished Young Scholars (Northwestern Polytechnical University)

2016     Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad

Academic Achievements

1: Wang, X.;# Liu, F.;# Li, Y.; Yan, Z.; Qiang, Q. Rong, Z.-Q.* Recent Advances in the Synthesis of Acylsilanes. ChemCatChem20205022-5033.

2: Rong, Z.-Q.;* Yu, Z.; Weng, C.; Yang, L.; Lan, Y.;*Zhao, Y.* Dynamic Kinetic Asymmetric Amination of Alcohols Assisted by Microwave: Stereo-convergent Access to Tetralin- and Indane-Derived Chiral Amines. ACS Cat. 2020, 9464-9475.

3: Yang, L.-C.; Wang, Y.-N.; Liu, R.; Luo, Y.; Ng, X. Q.; Yang , B.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Lan, Y.;* Shao, Z.;* Zhao, Y.* Stereoselective access to [5.5.0] and [4.4.1] bicyclic compounds through Pd-catalysed divergent higher-order cycloadditions. Nat. Chem. 202012, 860-868.

4: Lu, S.; Poh, S. B.; Rong, Z.-Q.;* Zhao, Y.* NHC-Catalyzed Atroposelective Acylation of Phenols: Access to Enantiopure NOBIN Analogs by Desymmetrization. Org. Lett. 2019216169-6172.

5: Rong, Z.-Q.; Lim, H. N.; Dong, G.* Intramolecular Acetyl Transfer to Olefins via Catalytic C-C Bond Activation of Unstrained Ketones. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201857, 475-479. 

6: Rong, Z.-Q.;# Yang, L.-C.;# Liu, S.; Yu, Z.; Wang, Y.-N.; Tan, Z. Y.; Huang, R.-Z.; Lan, Y.; Zhao, Y.* Nine-Membered Benzofuran-Fused Heterocycles: Enantio-selective Synthesis by Pd-Catalysis and Rearrangement via Transannular Bond Formation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 15304-15307. (Highlighted in Synfacts and X-MOL)

7: Yang, L.-C.;# Rong, Z.-Q.;# Wang, Y.-N.; Tan, Z. Y.; Wang, M.; Zhao, Y.* Construction of Nine-Membered Heterocycles through Palladium-Catalyzed Formal [5 + 4] Cycloaddition. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 2927-2931(#Co-First author). 

8: Rong, Z.-Q.; Wang, M.; Zhao, Y.* Diastereodivergent organocatalytic asymmetric aza-Diels-Alder reaction: complementarity of N-heterocyclic carbene and chiral amine. Chem. Eur. J. 201622, 9483-9487. 

9: Rong, Z.-Q.; Zhang, Y.; Chua, R. H. B.; Pan, H.-J.; Zhao, Y.* Dynamic Kinetic Asymmetric Amination of Alcohols: From A Mixture of Four Isomers to Diastereo- and Enantiopure a-Branched Amines. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015137, 4944-4947.

10: Wang, M.;# Rong, Z.-Q.;# Zhao, Y.* Stereoselective Synthesis of ε-Lactones or Spiro-Heterocycles through NHC-Catalyzed Annulation: Divergent Reactivity by Catalyst Control. Chem. Comm201450, 15309-15312. (#Co-First author).

11: Rong, Z.-Q.; Pan, H.-J.; Yan, H.-L.; Zhao, Y.* Enantioselective Oxidation of 1,2-Diols with Quinine-derived Urea Organocatalyst. Org. Lett. 201416, 208-211.

12: Rong, Z.-Q.; Jia, M.-Q.; You, S.-L.* Enantioselective N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Michael Addition to α,β-Unsaturated Aldehydes by Redox Oxidation. Org. Lett. 201113, 4080-4083.

13: Rong, Z.-Q.; Li, Y.; Yang, G.-Q.; You, S.-L.* D-Camphor-derived Triazolium Salts for Enantioselective Intramolecular Stetter Reactions. Synlett 2011, 1033-1037.

14: Rong, Z.-Q.; Zhang, W.; Yang, G.-Q.;* You, S.-L.* N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Redox Reactions of α-Functionalized Aldehydes. Curr. Org. Chem. 2011, 15, 3077-3090.

15: Rong, Z.-Q.; Jia, M.-Q.; You, S.-L.* (1R,2R)-DPEN-Derived Triazolium Salts for Enantioselective Oxodiene Diels-Alder Reactions. Tetrahedron 201167, 9329-9333.

16: Yang, L.-C.; Tan, Z. Y.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Liu, R.; Wang, Y.-N.; Zhao, Y.* Pd-Titanium Relay Catalysis Enables Switch of Alkoxide-π-Allyl to Dienolate Reactivity for Spiro-Heterocycle Synthesis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 7860-7864.

17: Wang, Y.-N.; Yang, L.- C.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Liu, T.-L.; Liu, R.; Zhao, Y.* Pd-Catalyzed Enantioselective [6+4] Cycloaddition of Vinyl Oxetanes with Azadienes to Access Ten-Membered Heterocycles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201857, 1596-1600.

18: Paderes, M. C.;* Siau, W. Y.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Zhao, Y.* Catalytic and Enantioselective Direct α-Alkylation of 3-Aryl and 3-Alkyl Oxindole Using Quinine-Derived Urea Catalyst. Chem. Select 20183, 6160-6164.

19: Gu, Q.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Zheng, C.; You, S.-L.* Desymmetrization of Cyclohexadienones via Bronsted Acid-Catalyzed Enantioselective Oxo-Michael Reaction. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010132, 4056-4057.

20: Jia, M.-Q.; Li, Y.; Rong, Z.-Q.; You, S.-L.* Synthesis of (1R,2R)-DPEN-Derived Triazolium Salts and Their Application in Asymmetric Intramolecular Stetter Reactions. Org. Biomol. Chem. 20119, 2072-2074.

21: Wu, Q.-F.; Liu, W.-B.; Zhuo, C.-X.; Rong, Z.-Q.; Ye, K.-Y.; You, S.-L.* Iridium-Catalyzed Intramolecular Asymmetric Allylic Dearomatization of Phenols. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201150, 4455-4458.