Xiaoming Zeng

Professor, Ph.D.



Joint Ph.D. Student                                                   

Department of Chemistry                                     

University of California, Riverside (UCR), USA

(Supervisor: Professor Guy Bertrand)


Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry                                                         

Department of Chemistry

Sichuan University, Chengdu, China          

(Supervisor: Prof. Meiming Luo)


B.S. in Applied Chemistry 

Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, China

Professional Experience



College of Chemistry   

Sichuan University, China



Center for Organic Chemistry (COC)   

Frontier Institute of Science and Technology 

Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China


JSPS Research Fellow                                                            

Department of Chemistry                                  

University of Tokyo, Japan                        

(Supervisor: Professor Eiichi Nakamura)


Junior Researcher                                                         

Department of Chemistry                                

University of California, Riverside (UCR), USA 

(Supervisor: Professor Guy Bertrand)

Research Interests

Design and synthesis of novel cyclic (monoamino)carbenes (CMACs) and relevant complexes, typically focusing on studying their ligand behaviors in low-valent chromium catalysis

Teaching Experience

Sep/2002–Jul/2004   Teacher in a Senior High School   Xingxing County, Guangdong, China                      


?High Level Introduction of Talent Researcher in Sichuan University (2017)

?The Youth Talent Support Program in Xi’an Jiaotong University (2016)

?3-Year Membership Award to the American Chemical Society (2015)

?JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2010–2012)

?Research Fellowship of China Scholarship Council (CSC) (2007–2009)


1.    Xuefeng Cong,§ Fei Fan,§ Pengchen Ma,§ Meiming Luo, Hui Chen,* and Xiaoming Zeng*

       Low-Valent, High-Spin Chromium-Catalyzed Cleavage of Aromatic Carbon–Nitrogen Bonds at Room Temperature: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 15182?15190. [Link]

2.    Lei Jia, Qiang Tang, Meiming Luo,* and Xiaoming Zeng*

       One-Step Synthesis of Unsymmetric 1,1’-Biaryl-2,2'-diamines by the Reaction of 2-Naphthols with Aryl Hydrazines

       Chin. J. Org. Chem. DOI: 10.6023/cjoc201707018 [Link]?

3. Jinghua Tang, Meiming Luo,*and Xiaoming Zeng*

Chromium-Catalyzed, Regioselective Cross-Coupling of C–O Bonds Using Organic Bromides as Reactants

Synlett, 2017 (accepted). (Invited for cluster of “C–O bond activation”)

4. Sen Gao, Liming Gao, Hong Meng, Meiming Luo,*and Xiaoming Zeng*

Iron-Catalyzed Synthesis of Benzoxazoles by Oxidative Coupling/Cyclization of Phenol Derivatives with Benzoyl Aldehyde Oximes

Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 98869889.[Link]

5. Changpeng Chen, and Xiaoming Zeng*

     Ruthenium-Catalyzed Alkynylation of Benzoic Acids Mediated by a Weakly-Coordination Directing Auxiliary

Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 4749–4752.[Link]

6. Changpeng Chen, Pei Liu, Jinghua Tang, Gongda Deng, and Xiaoming Zeng*

    Iridium-Catalyzed, Weakly Coordination-Assisted Ortho-Alkynylation of (Hetero)aromatic Carboxylic Acids without Cyclization

 Org. Lett.201719, 2474–2477. [Link]

7. Pei Liu, Jinghua Tang, and Xiaoming Zeng*

    Site-Selective Silylation of Aliphatic C–H Bonds Mediated by [1,5]-Hydrogen Transfer: Synthesis of α-Sila Benzamides

Org. Lett.2016, 18, 5536–5539. [Link]

8. Bin Rao, Jinghua Tang, and Xiaoming Zeng*

      Synthesis of 2-Benzylphenyl Ketones by Aryne Insertion into Unactivated C–C Bonds

Org. Lett.2016, 18, 1678–1681.[Link]

9. Xuefeng Cong, Shengxian Zhai, and Xiaoming Zeng*

      Low-Valent Cobalt-Catalyzed C–H Allylation

Org. Chem. Front.2016, 3, 673–677. (Invited as “2015 Emerging Investigator by OCF”)[Link]

10. Yuexuan Li, Gongda Deng, and Xiaoming Zeng*

      Chromium-Catalyzed Regioselective Hydropyridination of Styrenes

 Organometallics201635, 747–750.[Link]

11. Bin Rao, Jinghua Tang, Yu Wei, and Xiaoming Zeng*

      Ring Expansion via Cleavage of Benzylic C–C Bonds Enabling Direct Synthesis of Medium Ring-fused Benzocarbocycles

 Chem.–Asian J.201611, 991–995.[Link]

12. Xuefeng Cong, Huarong Tang, and Xiaoming Zeng*

      Regio- and Chemoselective Kumada–Tamao–Corriu Reaction of Aryl Alkyl Ethers Catalyzed by Chromium Under Mild Conditions

 J. Am. Chem. Soc.2015137, 14367–14372. [Link]

      (Highlights by Synfacts, 2016, 12, 0192; ChemInform, 2016, 47, 21-126)

13. Yu Wei, and Xiaoming Zeng*

      Catalytic Strategies toward Selective Hydrogenation of Aromatic Ketones and Phenols: Facile Synthesis of Cyclohexyl Ketones

Synlett.2016, 27, 650–655. (Invited Synpacts article)

14. Bin Rao, Huarong Tang, Xiaoming Zeng*, Liu Liu, Mohand Melaimi and Guy Bertrand* 

      Cyclic (Amino)(aryl)carbenes (CAArCs) as Strong σ-Donating and π-Accepting Ligands for Transition Metals

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2015, 54, 14915–14919.[Link]

15. Yu Wei, Bin Rao, Xuefeng Cong, and Xiaoming Zeng*

Highly Selective Hydrogenation of Aromatic Ketones and Phenols Enabled by Cyclic (Amino)(alkyl)carbene Rhodium Complexes

J. Am. Chem. Soc.2015,137, 9250–9253.[Link]

       (Highlights by Chin. J. Org. Chem.2015, 35, 2019; ChemInform, 2016, 47, 03-038)

16. Xiaoming Zeng* and Xuefeng Cong

Chromium-Catalyzed Transformations Using Grignard Reagents: New Opportunities for Cross-Coupling Reactions

Org. Chem. Front.2015, 2, 69–72. [Link]

17. Xuefeng Cong, Yuexuan Li, Yu Wei, and Xiaoming Zeng*

Nickel-Catalyzed C–H Coupling with Allyl Phosphates: A Site-Selective Synthetic Route to Linear Allylarenes

Org. Lett.2014, 16, 3926–3929.[Link]

       (Highlight by ChemInform, 2015, 46, 05-054)

18. Xuefeng Cong and Xiaoming Zeng*

       Iron-Catalyzed, Chelation-Induced Remote C–H Allylation of Quinolines via 8-Amido Assistance

Org. Lett.2014, 16, 3716–3719. [Link]

       (Highlight by ChemInform, 2015, 46, 02-047)

19. Yu Wei,§Huarong Tang,§Xuefeng Cong, Bin Rao, Chao Wu* and Xiaoming Zeng*

(§X.C. and H.T. contributed equally)

       Pd(II)-Catalyzed Intermolecular Arylation of Unactivated C(sp3)–H Bonds with Aryl Bromides Enabled by 8-Aminoquinoline Auxiliary

Org. Lett.2014, 16, 2248–2251.[Link]

       (Highlight by ChemInform, 2014, 45, 41-085)

20. Bin Rao and Xiaoming Zeng*

Aminocyanation by the Addition of N–CN Bonds to Arynes: Chemoselective Synthesis of 1,2-Bifunctional Aminobenzonitriles

 Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 314–317.[Link]

       (Highlights by ChemInform, 2014, 45, 23-095; Org. Chem. Highlights 2014, October 13)

21. Xuefeng Cong,§ Huarong Tang,§ Chao Wu*, and Xiaoming Zeng*

       (§X.C. and H.T. contributed equally)

       Role of Mono-N-Protected Amino Acid Ligands in Pd(II)-Catalyzed Dehydrogenative Heck Reactions of Electron-Deficient (Hetero)Arenes: Experimental and Computational Studies

Organometallics, 2013, 32, 6565–6575.[Link]

22. Yu Wei, Jinghua Tang, Xuefeng Cong, and Xiaoming Zeng*

       Practical Metal-Free Synthesis of Chalcone Derivatives via a Tandem Cross-Dehydrogenative-Coupling/Elimination Reaction

Green Chem.2013, 15, 3165–3169.[Link]

       (Highlight by ChemInform, 2014, 45, 12-079)

23. Xiaoming Zeng*

       Recent Advances in Catalytic Sequential Reactions Involving Hydroelement Addition to Carbon–Carbon Multiple Bonds

Chem. Rev.2013, 113, 6864–6900. [Link]

(ESI highly cited paper)

24. Pei Guo, Xiaoming Zeng, Si Chen, and Meiming Luo*

Au(I)–N-heterocyclic carbene complex-catalyzed synthesis of 1-substituted benzo[b][1,4]diazepines from N-substituted o-phenylenediamines and terminal alkynes

J. Organomet. Chem.2013, 751, 438–442.[Link]

25. Xiaoming Zeng, Laurean Ilies, and Eiichi Nakamura*

       Iron-Catalyzed Regio- and Stereoselective Chloro-sulfonylation of Terminal Alkynes with Aromatic Sulfonyl Chlorides

Org. Lett.2012, 14, 954–956.[Link]

      (Highlight by ChemInform, 2012, 43, 23-088)

 26.  Xiaoming Zeng, Laurean Ilies, and Eiichi Nakamura*

       Synthesis of Functionalized 1H-Indenes via Copper-Catalyzed Arylative Cyclization of Arylalkynes with Aromatic Sulfonyl Chlorides

J. Am. Chem. Soc.2011, 133, 17638–17640.[Link]

 27.  Laurean Ilies, Quan Chen, Xiaoming Zeng, and Eiichi Nakamura*

       Cobalt-Catalyzed Chemoselective Insertion of Alkene into the ortho-C–H Bond of Benzamide

J. Am. Chem. Soc.2011, 133, 5221–5223.[Link]

 28.  Xiaoming Zeng, Rei Kinjo, Bruno Donnadieu, and Guy Bertrand*

        Serendipitous Discovery of the Catalytic Hydroammoniumation and  Methylamination of Alkynes

Angew. Chem., Int.Ed.2010, 49, 942–945.[Link]

29. Xiaoming Zeng,Guido D. Frey, Rei Kinjo, Bruno Donnadieu, and Guy Bertrand*

       Synthesis of a Simplified Version of Stable Bulky and Rigid Cyclic (Alkyl)(amino)carbenes, and Catalytic Activity of the Ensuing Gold(I) Complex in the Three-Component Preparation of 1,2-Dihydroquinoline Derivatives

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 8690–8696.[Link]

30. Xiaoming Zeng, Guido D. Frey, Shazia Kousar, and Guy Bertrand*

       A Cationic Gold(I) Complex as a General Catalyst for the Intermolecular Hydroamination of Alkynes: Application to the One-Pot Synthesis of Allenes from Two Alkynes and a Sacrificial Amine

Chem.–Eur. J.2009, 15, 3056–3060.[Link]

31. Xiaoming Zeng,Michele Soleilhavoup, and Guy Bertrand*

       Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Markovnikov Hydroamination of Allenes with Secondary Amines

Org. Lett.2009, 11, 3166–3169.[Link]

32. Xiaoming Zeng, Tongxin Zhang, Yuancheng Qin, Zhijun Wei, and Meiming Luo*

       Synthesis of a Carbene Transfer Organometallic Polymer and Application to Forming a Recyclable Heterogeneous Catalyst for the Suzuki Reactions of Arylchlorides

Dalton Trans.2009, 8341–8348.[Link]

33. Sujuan Zhang, Xiaoming Zeng, Zhijun Wei, Dongbing Zhao, Tairan Kang, Weifeng Zhang, Mei Yan, and Meiming Luo *

       Desulfitative Suzuki Cross-Couplings of Arylsulfonyl Chlorides and Boronic Acids Catalyzed by a Recyclable Polymer-Supported N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Palladium Complex Catalyst

Synlett2006, 1891–1894.

34. Chun Yan, Xiaoming Zeng,Weifeng Zhang, and Meiming Luo*

       Polymer-Supported N-Heterocyclic Carbene–Rhodium Complex Catalyst for the Addition of Arylboronic Acids to Aldehydes

J. Organomet. Chem.2006, 691, 3391–3396.[Link]

Editorial Advisors:

Heliyon (2015–present)