Research Interests

The Hu group are interested in the development of new catalysts including transition metal and organic catalysts for cross-coupling reactions and addition reactions, and novel reactions/processes from readily available and cost-effective small organic molecules. These new reactions/processes and catalysts have potential applications in chemical synthesis and polymer/materials synthesis. The approach is interdisciplinary, ranging from fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms, reaction methodology development to polymer/materials synthesis.



  • H.-H. Zhang, C.-H. Xing, G. B.Tsemo, Q.-S.Hu, t-Bu3P-Coordinated 2-Phenylaniline-Based Palladacycle Complex as a Precatalyst for the Suzuki Cross-Coupling Polymerization of Aryl Dibromides with Aryldiboronic Acids, ACS MacroLett., 2013, 2, 10-13
  • H.-H. Zhang, C.-H. Xing, Hu, Q.-S, Controlled Pd(0)/t-Bu3P-Catalyzed Suzuki Cross-Coupling Polymerization of AB-Type Monomers with PhPd(t-Bu3P)I or Pd2(dba)3/t-Bu3P/ArI as the Initiator, , J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 13156-13159
  • T.-P. Liu, Y.-X. Liao, C.-H. Xing, Q.-S. Hu, Fluorenone Synthesis by Palladacycle-Catalyzed Sequential Reactions of 2-Bromobenzaldehydes with Arylboronic Acids, Org. Lett., 2011, 13, 2452-2455
  • T.-P. Liu, C.-H. Xing, Q.-S. Hu, Tandem Reaction Synthesis of Fluorenes/ Indenofluorenes Based on Pd(OAc)2/PCy3-Catalyzed Suzuki Cross-Coupling and C-H Bond Activation Strategy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 2971-2974
  • C.-G. Dong, Q.-S. Hu, Preferential Oxidative Addition in Palladium(0)-Catalyzed Suzuki Cross-Coupling Reactions of Dihaloarenes with Arylboronic Acids, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 10006-10007


Job History

  • 2008 - Current : Professor, CSI
  • 2005 - 2007 : Associate Professor, CSI
  • 2000 - 2004 : Assistant Professor, CSI
  • 1997 - 2000 : Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia
  • 1995 - 1997 : Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Dakota state University
  • 1991 - 1994 : PhD, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • 1988 - 1991 : MSc, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS