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Fanyang Mo
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Energy and Resources Engineering,
College of Engineering, Peking University


2011-2015 Postdoc., Organic Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX USA
2010-2011 Postdoc., Chemical Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, CA USA
2006-2010 Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China
2004-2006 M.S., Applied Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
2000-2004 B.S., Chemical Engineering and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China


Research Areas

Small molecules activation, Sustainable chemical transformation, Organometallics

Research Profile

Given that the current technologies for the production of energy, fuels and materials pollute our environment more than necessary, the sustainable transformation of certain inert chemical bonds in some small molecules is of current interest, and receives more and more attentions. The research in Dr. Mo’s group focuses on the development of new generation catalysts which allow energy-related chemical processes cleaner, less expensive and more sustainable. Current projects include: 1) activation of methane; 2) activation of water; 3) direct amination of aromatics by ammonia; 4) decomposition of N-oxides and so on.

Professional Honors and Awards

2012 Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award, Peking University
2010 “Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award” First Place Award
2003 Xu Teli Scholarship, Beijing Institute of Technology


Selected Recent Publications

1. Fanyang Mo and Guangbin Dong.* Regioselective Ketone α-Alkylation with Simple Olefins via Dual Activation. Science 2014, 345, 68.

2. Fanyang Mo, Louis J. Trzepkowski, Guangbin Dong*. Synthesis of ortho-Acylphenols via Pd-Catalyzed Ketone-Directed Hydroxylation of Arenes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 13075.

3. Zhi Ren†, Fanyang Mo,† Guangbin Dong.* Catalytic Functionalization of Unactivated sp3 C–H Bonds via exo-Directing Groups: Synthesis of Chemically Differentiated 1,2-Diols. †These authors contributed equally. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 16991-16994.

4. Di Qiu, Liang Jin, Zhitong Zheng, He Meng, Fanyang Mo,* Xi Wang, Yan Zhang, and Jianbo Wang.* Synthesis of Pinacol Arylboronates from Aromatic Amines: A Metal-Free Transformation J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 1923-1933.

5. Fanyang Mo, Yubo Jiang, Di Qiu, Yan Zhang and Jianbo Wang.* Direct Conversion of Arylamines to the Pinacol Boronates: A Metal Free Borylation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 1846-1849. Selected by Editors as a Hot Paper

6. Fanyang Mo, Jerry Mingtao Yan, Di Qiu, Fei Li, Yan Zhang and Jianbo Wang.* Gold-Catalyzed Halogenation of Aromatics by N-Halosuccinimides. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 2028-2032.

7. Fanyang Mo, John Tabor and Guangbin Dong.* Alcohols or Masked Alcohols as Directing Groups for C–H Bond Functionalization. Chem. Lett. 2014, 43, 264–271.

8. Fanyang Mo, Guangbin Dong,* Yan Zhang and Jianbo Wang.* Recent Applications of Arene Diazonium Salts in Organic Synthesis. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2013, 11, 1582-2593. (Top ten accessed article)

9. Fanyang Mo, Di Qiu, Yubo Jiang, Yan Zhang and Jianbo Wang.* Direct Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling of Arylamine with Boronic acid for C-C Bond Formation. Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 518-522.

10. Fanyang Mo, Fei Li, Di Qiu and Jianbo Wang.* Enantioselective Synthesis of Condensed and Transannular Ring Skeletons Containing Pyrrolidine Moiety. Tetrahedron 2010, 66, 1274-1279.