The Gunnoe Research Group

Synthetic and Mechanistic Organometallic Chemistry at the University of Virginia

Fanji Kong

Fanji received his B.S. in Chemistry from Nanjing University in 2013, where he did his undergraduate research with Prof. Shaozhong Wang on goldcatalyzed cyclization of enediynes. In 2017, he received his M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Texas under the guidance of Prof. LeGrande M. Slaughter, in the field of organometallic chemistry, focused on asymmetric catalysis using binaphthyl-based acyclic diamino carbene complexes and C3-symmetric phosphites.

In the fall of 2017, Fanji joined the Ph.D. program in chemistry at the University of Virginia and started working in the Gunnoe research group.



“Tetracyclic Dihydronaphthalene Derivatives via Gold-catalyzed Aminative Homodimerization of ortho-Alkynylbenzaldehyes” Ruch, A.; Kong, F.; Nesterov, V.; Slaughter, L. M.* Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 14133-14136.

“Competing Amination and C-H Arylation Pathways in Pd/Xantphos-Catalyzed Transformation of Binaphthyl Triflates: Switchable Routes to Chiral Amines and [5]Helicene Derivatives” Ruch, A.; Handa, S.; Kong, F.; Nesterov, V.; Slaughter, L. M.* Org. Biomol. Chem. 2016, 14, 8123-8140 (HOT article)

“Assembly of fused indenes via Au(I)-catalyzed C1-C5 cyclization of enediynes bearing an internal nucleophile.” Hou, Q.; Zhang, Z.; Kong, F.; Wang, S.*; Wang, H.; Yao, Z. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 695-697.

“Assembly of pentacyclic pyrido[4,3,2-mn]acridin-8-ones via a domino reaction initiated by Au(I)-catalyzed 6-endo-dig cycloisomerization of N-propargylaminoquinones.” Yin, H.; Kong, F.; Wang, S.*; Yao, Z. Tetrahedron Lett. 2012, 53, 7078-7082.