Panpan Zhou

Associate Professor


Pan-Pan Zhou obtained his Ph.D. (physical chemistry) degree at Lanzhou University in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he did his postdoc with Prof. Tonglei Li at the College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky. He then worked with Prof. Ruiqin Zhang at the Beijing Computational Science Research Center (CSRC) from 2012 to 2013. He joined the faculty of Lanzhou University in 2013. His research focuses on weak intermolecular interactions in complex chemical or biological systems, conceptual density functional theory (CDFT) in chemical reaction mechanism.

Representative Publications

1.  Pan-Pan Zhou, Rui-Qin Zhang*, Physisorption of benzene derivatives on graphene: critical roles of steric and stereoelectronic effects of the substituent, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 12185-12193.

2.  Pan-Pan Zhou*, Xing Yang, Weichun Ye, Liang-Wei Zhang, Fan Yang, Da-Gang Zhou, Shubin Liu*, Competition and cooperativity of σ-hole and π-hole intermolecular interactions between carbon monoxide and bromopentafluorobenzene, New J. Chem., 2016, 40, 9139-9147.

3.  Pan-Pan Zhou*, Xing Yang, Da-Gang Zhou, Shubin Liu*, T-shaped phenol-benzene complexation driven by π-involved noncovalent interactions, Theor. Chem. Acc., 2016, 135, 100.

4.  Da-Gang Zhou, Pan-Pan Zhou*, Huan-Wang Jing*, Mechanisms of cascade reactions between N-methylindole andsulfonylazides via Huisgen cycloaddition: A theoretical investigation, J. Mol. Cata. A: Chem., 2016, 417, 19-27.

5.  Fan Yang, Chao-Xian Yan, Xing Yang, Da-Gang Zhou, Pan-Pan Zhou*, Fenamic acid crystal with two asymmetric units (Z′= 2): why Z=2 rather than Z=1? CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 1762-1770.

6.  Da-Gang Zhou, Fan Yang, Xing Yang, Chao-Xian Yan, Pan-Pan Zhou*, Huan-Wang Jing*, Mechanism of selective C–H cyanation of 2-phenylpyridine with benzyl nitrile catalyzed by CuBr: a DFT investigation, Org. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 377-385.

7.  Chao-Xian Yan, Fan Yang, Xing Yang, Da-Gang Zhou, Pan-Pan Zhou*, Insights into the Diels-Alder reaction between 3-vinylindoles and methyleneindolinone without and with the assistance of hydrogen-bonding catalyst bisthiourea: mechanism, origin of stereoselectivity, role of catalyst, J. Org. Chem., 2017, 82, 3046-3061.

8.  Pan-Pan Zhou, Shubin Liu,* Paul W Ayers,* Rui-Qin Zhang,* Bonding reactivity descriptor from conceptual density functional theory and its applications to elucidate bonding formation, J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 147, 134303.

9.  Chao-Xian Yan, Pan-Pan Zhou,* Fang-Ling Yang, Rui-Zhi Wu, Xing Yang, Fan Yang, Xiangfeng Shao,* Chiral bisoxazoline catalyzed decarboxylative aldol reactions between β-carbonyl acids and trifluoroacetaldehyde hemiacetals as well as trifluoroacetaldehyde: the mechanism, the origin of enantioselectivity and the role of a catalyst, Org. Chem. Front., 2018, 5, 2692-2709.

10.  Fang-Ling Yang, Xing Yang, Rui-Zhi Wu, Chao-Xian Yan, Fan Yang, Weichun Ye, Liang-Wei Zhang, Pan-Pan Zhou,* Intermolecular interactions between σ- and π-holes of bromopentafluorobenzene and pyridine: computational and experimental investigations, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 11386-11395.


Room 914, the Second Chemistry Building




2001-2005,East China Jiaotong University, B.S.

2005-2010,Lanzhou University, M.S.&PhD.