Yong-Qiang Tu



Dr. Yong-Qiang Tu was born in Guizhou Province, China, in 1958. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Lanzhou University in 1982 and 1985, respectively. In 1989, he obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Lanzhou University under the supervision of Prof. Yao-Zu Chen. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. William Kitching at University of Queensland, Australia (1993-1995), and as a visiting professor at Bielefeld University, Germany (2004-2005). Since 1995, he has been a full professor at Lanzhou University. He was appointed as the vice-Director of Department of Chemistry of Lanzhou University (1996-1998), and the Director of State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry (2001-2010). He was awarded as Yangtze River Scholar Professor by the Ministry of Education in 2005 and elected as an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. Currently, he is the Associate Editor of ChemComm. 

Research Interests:

1.Tandem rearrangement reactions and their application to total synthesis of bioactive alkaloids

2.Synthetic studies of biologically active natural products
3.Studies on construction of the CC and CN bonds via C-H activation 

Awards & Honors:       
1.1991  Youth Prize of Chinese Chemical Society 
2.1993  Prize for Progress in Science and Technology, by Ministry of Education of China
3.2000  Outstanding Youth Scholarship Award, by Qiu Shi Science & Technology Foundation, Hong Kong, P. R. China
4.2002  Prize of Progress in Science and Technology, by the Gansu Province
5.2005  Lilly Scientific Excellence Award in China, by Eli Lilly & Company
6.2006  Natural Science Prize, by Gansu Province
7.2009  Academician of Academy of Science of China

Representative Publications

1) Zhang, X.-M.;Tu, Y.-Q.;* Zhang, F.-M.; Chen, Z.-H.; Wang, S.-H. 

Recent applications of the 1,2-carbon atom migration strategy in complex natural product total synthesis. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00935B . 

2) Hou, S.-H.;Tu, Y.-Q.;* Wang, S.-H.; Xi, C.-C.; Zhang, F.-M.; Wang, S.-H.; Li, Y.-T.; Liu, L.

Total Syntheses of the Tetracyclic Cyclopiane Diterpenes Conidiogenone, Conidiogenol, and Conidiogenone B. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 4456-4460. 

3) Chen, Z.-M.; Zhang, X.-M.;Tu, Y.-Q.*

Radical aryl migration reactions and synthetic applications. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 5220-5245. 

4) Jiao, Z.-W.;Tu, Y.-Q.;* Zhang, Q.; Liu, W.-X.; Zhang, S.-Y.; Wang, S.-H.; Zhang, F.-M.

Tandem C-H oxidation/cyclization/rearrangement and its application to asymmetric syntheses of (-)-brussonol and (-)-przewalskine E. Nature Commun. 2015, 6, 7332. 

5) Yang, B.-M.; Cai, P.-J.;Tu, Y.-Q.;* Yu, Z.-X.; Chen, Z.-M.; Wang, S.-H.; Wang, S.-H.; Zhang, F.-M.

Organocatalytic Asymmetric Tandem Nazarov Cyclization/Semipinacol Rearrangement: Rapid Construction of Chiral Spiro[4.4]nonane-1,6-diones. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 8344-8347. 

6) Hou, S.-H.;Tu, Y.-Q.;* Liu, L.; Zhang, F.-M.; Wang, S.-H.; Zhang, X.-M.

Divergent and Efficient Syntheses of the Lycopodium Alkaloids (-)-Lycojaponicumin C, (-)-8-Deoxyserratinine, (+)-Fawcettimine, and (+)-Fawcettidine. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 11373-11376.  

7) Chen, Z.-M.; Bai, W.; Wang, S.-H.; Yang, B.-M.;Tu, Y.-Q.;* Zhang, F.-M.

Copper-Catalyzed Tandem Trifluoromethylation/Semipinacol Rearrangement of Allylic Alcohols. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 9781-9785.  

8)  Zhang, F.-M.; Peng, L.; Li, H.; Ma, A.-J.; Peng, J.-B.; Guo, J.-J.; Yang, D.-T.; Hou, S.-H.;Tu, Y.-Q.;* Kitching, W.

Total Synthesis of the Nominal Didemnaketal A, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 10846-10850. 

9) Li, B.-S.; Yang, B.-M.; Wang, S.-H.; Zhang, Y.-Q.; Cao, X.-P.; Tu, Y.-Q.*

Copper(I)-catalyzed intramolecular [2+2] cycloaddition of 1,6-enyne-derived ketenimine: an efficient constr