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Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Peking University, China
Research in the Wang Lab involves catalyst development and mechanistic studies of new chemical transformations that have the potential to solve important problems directly related to pharmaceuticals, commodity chemicals, and renewable energy. In particular, we will focus on exploring new modes of chemical bond activation and their applications in organic synthesis and catalytic small molecule activation. Our approaches include (1) harnessing light-driven, excited-state reactivity of metal complexes for bond formations with new selectivity patterns, (2) leveraging the high modularity of transition metal catalysts for the fine tuning of the kinetics and thermodynamics of key bond-breaking steps, and (3) elucidating the mechanism of successful bond-activating strategies to provide guidance for the development of advanced catalysis.
As of Summer 2023, our lab is composed of four graduate students and two undergraduate:
· Abby Thillman (3rd year)
· Xi Chen (3rd year)
· Eric Allen (2nd year)
· Lakmini Edirisinghe (1st year)
· Erin Kill (junior)
· McKenzie Stack (sophomore)
Dian Wang was raised in Hefei, China. He obtained his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Peking University in 2011, and he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. His graduate work with Prof. Shannon Stahl focused on palladium-catalyzed aerobic C−H oxidations. He then conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University under the direction of Prof. Robert Knowles and Prof. Paul Chirik, where he worked on ammonia synthesis using light-driven proton-coupled electron transfer. In August 2020, Dian came back to Wisconsin and joined the chemistry faculty at Marquette as an assistant professor.
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