Huifeng Yue, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

​Inert bond activation, Photoredox / Nickel dual catalysis, Electrochemistry, Multi-component reactions.

Selected Publications

  • A Multicomponent Synthesis of Stereodefined Olefins via Nickel Catalysis and Single Electron/Triplet Energy Transfe... 
    C. Zhu, H. Yue (Co-first author), B. Maity, I. Atodiresei, L. Cavallo, M. Rueping
    Nat. Catal. 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. Hock, T. Yuan, L. Cavallo, M. Rueping
    Chem. Sci. 10, 4430-4435, (2019)
  • Cross‐Coupling of Sodium Sulfinates with Aryl, Heteroaryl, and Vinyl Halides by Nickel/Photoredox Dual Catalysis 
    H. Yue, C. Zhu, M. Rueping
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 57, 1371-1375, (2018)
  • Selective Reductive Removal of Ester and Amide Groups from Arenes and Heteroarenes through Nickel‐Catalyzed C−O and... 
    H. Yue, L. Guo, S.-C. Lee, X. Liu, M. Rueping
    Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 56, 3972-3976, (2017)
  • 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)
  • Nickel-Catalyzed Synthesis of Primary Aryl and Heteroaryl Amines via C–O Bond Cleavage 
    H. Yue, L. Guo, X. Liu, M. Rueping
    Org. Lett. 19, 1788-1791, (2017)
  • 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)
  • Enantioselectivity switch controlled by N,N′-di- or N,N,N′,N′-tetra-substituted chiral thiophosphorodiamide ligands... 
    H. Yue, H. Huang, G. Bian, H. Zong, F. Li, L. Song
    Tetrahedron Asymmetry, 25, 170-180, (2014)


  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 2018
  • M.Sc., Organic Chemistry, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2014
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Nanyang Normal University, China, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2019-..: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

KAUST Affiliations

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