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Current Members


Dr. Xin Zhang

Senior Research Fellow

E-mail: zhangx5[at]

Xin joined the group in Sept 2020 as a postdoc and has been a senior research fellow since Dec. 2022. Prior to this, he received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 2015 from Lanzhou University, China. He then spent five years at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (Chinese Academy of Sciences) pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Zheng Huang, where he focused on design, synthesis, and application of pincer iridium and ruthenium complexes. Upon graduation, he turned his attention to synthetic molecular inorganic chemistry using spectroscopic methods, single-crystal X-ray diffraction as well as computational modeling. Outside the lab, he enjoys reading books and running.


Dr. Jiancheng Li

Senior Research Fellow

E-mail: lijc3[at]

Jiancheng joined the group in Sept 2020 as a postdoc and has been a senior research fellow since Feb. 2023. Before this, he obtained his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at Hunan Normal University (2012). Then he completed his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Hongping Zhu at Xiamen University (2019), where he subsequently spent one more year as a research assistant (2019-2020). From Oct 2017 to Jan 2019, he worked in the Prof. Herbert W. Roesky group at Göttingen University sponsored by the fellowship of China Scholarship Council (CSC). He has been interested in the synthesis and reactivity of novel low-valent main group compounds, involving silylene, germylene, aluminum-containing species.  


Dr. Yanbo Mei

Research Assistant Professor

E-mail: meiyb[at]

Yanbo joined the group in Oct 2020 as a postdoc and has been a research assistant professor since Feb. 2023. Yanbo studied chemistry at Zhengzhou University and obtained both B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in organic chemistry. He completed his Ph.D. degree in June 2020 at ETH Zurich (with Prof. Hansjörg Grützmacher), where he studied organometallics and chemistry of main group elements with a focus on phosphorus. The title of his dissertation is “Complexes, heterocycles and depolymerizable polymers made from building blocks with low-coordinated phosphorus”. His research covers broadly in inorganic and organic phosphorus chemistry, spanning from small inorganic molecules to organic/inorganic heterocycles of different ring members, e. g. 2-phosphaethynolate anion (–O-C≡P) and its complexes, phosphinidenes, phosphiranes, phospholes, phosphinines, phosphanaphthalenes, 7-phosphanorbornadienes. His scientific achievements include the first successful polymerization of P=C double bonds, the discovery of the molecule 2,4,6-tris(hydroxy)-1,3,5-triphosphinine, and the invention of a simple synthetic method to prepare phosphanaphthalenes. He authored 8 publications before joining SUSTech.

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Xiaofang Lan

Master Student (2021)

E-mail: 12132747[at]

Xiaofang joined the group in June 2021. She is from Hezhou, Guangxi. She graduated from Southwest Minzu University with a major in Applied Chemistry in 2021. Under the supervision of Prof. Xuefeng Li, she probed the chemistry of a series of bridged ring compounds via tandem reaction of functionalized vinylogous nucleophiles. She likes playing table tennis and reading novels.


Xin-Feng Wang

Ph.D. Student (2021)

E-mail: 12149046[at]

Xinfeng joined the group in July 2021. He was born in Jieyang, Guangdong, China. He received his B.S. degree from Hanshan Normal University in 2014, and then continued his postgraduate study and completed a M.S. degree at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in 2016 under the guidance of Prof. Jiyan Pang. After a short work as an admission office staff in Nanfang college of SYSU, he joined Prof. Chuangchuang Li's group at SUSTech as a research assistant in Oct 2017, focusing on the total synthesis of natural products. Outside the lab, billiards and music are two favorite choices.


Dr. Chaopeng Hu

Post-doctoral Scholar

E-mail: hucp[at]

Chaopeng joined the group in Dec 2021. Before this, he obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees (with Prof. François Mathey and Prof. Zheng Duan) in Organic Chemistry from Zhengzhou University. In 2021, he graduated from the State Key Laboratory of Elemento-organic Chemistry, Nankai University, with a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry (with Prof. Chunming Cui). He studied organometallics and the chemistry of main group elements. He has been interested in synthesizing main-group carbene analogs, multiply bonded species, and transition metal complexes, and in exploring their abilities for small-molecule activation and catalysis.


Dr. Mian He

Post-doctoral Scholar

E-mail: hem[at]

Mian joined the group in July 2022. He received his B.Sc. degree in 2012 from Lanzhou University, China. Then he completed his M.Sc. in 2015 at the Université de Rennes 1, working on the palladium-catalyzed arylation processes under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Soulé and Dr. Henri Doucet in France. In 2017, he started his Ph.D. project in Prof. Richard A. Layfield’s group at the University of Manchester in UK and transferred to the University of Sussex in the second year, where he worked on the research topic about the high performance of lanthanide single-molecule magnets (SMMs) in sandwich complexes and new structures of uranium complexes. Now, he would like to take on the challenge from the synthesis of interesting structures based on the main-group elements as well as interdisciplinary research in magnetic and optical materials.


Hongyu Wang

Ph.D. Student (2022)

E-mail: 12231219[at]

Hongyu joined the group in July 2022. She comes from Tangshan, Hebei. She obtained B.Sc. degree from Zhejiang University of Technology in June 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Liqun Jin. Hongyu is interested in interesting structures and their amazing reactivity. Outside the lab, she enjoys reading and sleeping.


Zhihao Lu

Undergraduate Student (2019)

E-mail: 11910726[at]

Zhihao joined the group in Sept 2021. He was born in Shanghai and now studying chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Liu. He is interested in new chemistry discovery and likes watching movie and playing Taekwondo in spare time. He will pursue his graduate study in the group soon.


Dr. Xue-Yi He

Post-doctoral Scholar

E-mail: hexy[at]

Xue-Yi joined the group in Feb 2023. He received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 2017 from Wanjiang College of Anhui Normal University. At the end of 2022, he graduated from University of Science and Technology of China, with a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry (with Prof. Zhong-Xia Wang). His Ph.D. work was centered on transition metal catalysis that involves the activation and ensuing conversion of carbon-oxygen bonds or carbon-nitrogen bonds. Xue-Yi is interested in transition metal complexes and their abilities for small-molecule activation and catalysis. Outside the lab, he enjoys running and traveling.


Prof. Qiuming (Walter) Liang

Visiting Professor

E-mail: qliang[at]

Walter joined the group in April 2023 as a visiting scholar. He received his Honours B.Sc. degree in Chemistry (2015) at the University of Toronto and Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry (2020) under the supervision of Prof. Datong Song at the University of Toronto. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Datong Song’s group at the University of Toronto. In March 2023, Walter started as a tenure track assistant professor at Great Bay University where his research focuses on synthetic inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and main-group chemistry.


Dr. David A. Ruiz

Affiliated Researcher

E-mail: druiz[at]

David joined the group in Oct 2021. He is a Group Leader in the Applied Research group at Behr Paint Company. In his current role, David leads several projects with the support of various team members focusing on exploratory and innovative technologies to enhance current offerings or develop new product platforms. He previously worked on Behr’s most technologically advanced interior and exterior paint lines, formulating several upgrades to their performance. Prior to Behr, he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry with an emphasis on small molecule isolation from the University of California, San Diego under Distinguished Professor Guy Bertrand. He was raised in Southern California, but most of his family resides in central Mexico where he visits yearly. Outside of visiting Mexico, he enjoys traveling the world and national parks.


Qianwen Fang


E-mail: fangqw[at]

Qianwen joined the group in Sept 2020. She received her B.Sc. degree from Shenzhen University in 2013. Following graduation, she worked in a few private companies, in which she was primarily responsible for event organization and provided administrative support and project management. When not in the lab, she enjoys reading books and climbing mountains.  


Dr. Rui Wei; Senior Research Fellow/Post-doctoral Scholar (2020-2023); Post-doctoral Scholar with Prof. Didier Bourissou at the Université de Toulouse

Xinyu Zhang; Master Student (2022)

Zeen Yan; Master Student (2021)

Shaoying Ju; Research Assistant (2020-2021); RA with Profs. Doug Stephan and Yile Wu at Ningbo University

Chenyang Hu; Research Assistant (2020-2021); Graduate study with Prof. Jose Goicoechea at University of Oxford

Dr. Rui An; Visiting Scholar (2021); Lecturer at Guizhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Gongping Zhang; Research Assistant (2020-2021)

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