Chen Zhu, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Combining experiment and computation in developing novel catalytic reactions, radical involved nickel catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, photoredox catalysis, eletcrochemistry, photoelectrocatalysis.

Selected Publications

  • A Multicomponent Synthesis of Stereodefined Olefins via Nickel Catalysis and Single Electron/Triplet Energy Transfe... 
    C. Zhu, H. Yue, B. Maity, I. Atodiresei, L. Cavallo, M. Rueping
    Nature Catalysis, 2, 678-687 , (2019)
  • Nickel-Catalyzed C–N Bond Activation: Activated Primary Amines as Alkylating Reagents in Reductive Cross-Coupling 
    H. Yue, C. Zhu, L. Shen, Q. Geng, K. J. Hoch, T. Yuan, L. Cavallo, M. Rueping
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 57, 1371-1375 , (2018)
  • Nickel-Catalysed Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Couplings of Aldehydes 
    L. Guo, W. Srimontree, C. Zhu, B. Maity, X. Liu, L. Cavallo, M. Rueping
    Nat. Commun., 10, 1957 , (2018)
  • Oxidative Addition to Palladium(0) Made Easy through Photoexcited‐State Metal Catalysis: Experiment and Computation 
    R. Kancherla, K Muralirajan, B. Maity, C. Zhu, P. E. Krach, L Cavallo, M. Rueping
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 58, 3412-3416 , (2019)
  • Catalytic Ester to Stannane Functional Group Interconversion via Decarbonylative Cross-Coupling of Methyl Esters 
    H. Yue, C. Zhu, M. Rueping
    Org. Lett., 20, 385-388 , (2018)
  • Catalytic Ester and Amide to Amine Interconversion: Nickel-Catalyzed Decarbonylative Amination of Esters and Amides... 
    H. Yue, L. Guo, H.-H. Liao, Y. Cai, C. Zhu, M. Rueping
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56, 4282-4285 , (2017)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, RWTH Aachen, Germany, 2017-2019
  • Master, Chemistry, RWTH Aachen, Germany, 2014-2017
  • Bachelor, Chemistry, RWTH Aachen, Germany, 2010-2014

Professional Profile

  • 2019-..: Post-doctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center(KCC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering(PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Transition metal catalysis ​Photocatalysis eletrocatalysis photoelectrocatalysis DFT-calculation wavefunction analysis