The institute of Organic Chemistry and Fine Chemicals mainly focuses on synthesis of new functional material, synthetic methodology, structure identification, evaluation of the physical and chemical properties related to energy storage materials, bioactive compounds, asymmetric catalysis, and chiral recognition. In recent five years, these research projects have been undertaking under the financial support of “863” High-Tech Program and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Program. The institute is now a part of Key Laboratory for Large-Format Battery Materials and System (Ministry of Education).
Research fields & Academic achievements
1. Synthesis and evaluation of new energy materials
This aspect is focused on synthesis of new energy materials, especially fluorinated and polyfluoroalkylated sulfonamides for lithium secondary batteries, including lithium conducting salts, ionic liquid electrolytes, polymer electrolytes, and molten salt electrolytes. Till now, the group has taken one 863 High-Tech Program and five NSFC Programs, published over 100 papers (1200 cited), and obtained 4 authorized patents.
2. Asymmetric catalysis and synthetic methodology
This research aspect mainly focuses on design and synthesis of chiral N-ligands from natural amino acids and camphor, their catalyzed asymmetric aldol reaction, nitroaldol reaction and Michael addition, and synthetic methodology for constructing bioactive carbocyclic and heterocyclic compounds, especially from strained cyclopropane and cyclopropene derivatives. In the past few years, this team has taken four NSFC Programs, and published over 50 papers on Angewandte Chemie International Edition，Organic Letters, Chemical Communications, European Journal of Chemistry, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, etc.
3. Synthesis of chiral AIE molecules and molecular recognition
The interest for this aspect mainly lies in synthesis of chiral aggregation-induced emission (AIE) organic compounds, especially tetraphenylethylene (TPE) macrocyclic compounds, and their application in chiral recognition and chiral analyses based on AIE effect. This TPE macrocycle can detect the vapor of explosive TNT in air. In the past few years, this team has taken three NSFC Programs, and published over 20 papers on Organic Letters, Chemical Communications, European Journal of Chemistry, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, etc. and 2 authorized patents.
Professor: Jin Nie, Yuefa Gong, Yansong Zheng, Zhibin Zhou, Kaichao Yu
Associate professor: Zhengbo Zhang, Wenfang Feng,
Assistant professor: Fei Xu, Fan Luo, Hongling Yuan
Teaching and graduates
The institute provides the courses organic chemistry, experimental organic chemistry, organic synthesis and fine organic chemicals for undergraduate and advanced organic chemistry for graduate students in the college of chemistry and chemical engineering, and the related colleges in the university. For graduate education, the institute can accept 12-14 graduate students each year for master degrees in organic chemistry, and also accept applications for doctoral degree in organic chemistry, or in material physics and chemistry. The institute also accepts international students to pursue their degree in Master degree and PhD degree. More than 150 students have been graduated from the institute. Some of them have been the professor in the universities of them or the managers in companies.