Group News


  • Sept 1 - Our study on using counter-ions to enable a diastereodivergent hydroacylation is in press at JACS ; congrats Xuesong, Zhiwei, and Yubin.
  • March 29 - Our C-C bond forming reaction between beta-keto acids and alkynes is published in Chem Comm; congrats Faben, Zhiwei, and Sarah.
  • March 3 - Our asymmetric cycloisomerization to generate cyclohexenes is in press at JACS; congrats Jung-Woo and Zhiwei.
  • Oct 26 - Congrats to Dr. Peter Dornan on accepting a position in the process group at Amgen.
  • June 29 - Our asymmetric coupling of alkynes and amines appears in JACS; Congrats Qing-An and Zhiwei.
  • June 12 - Our desymmetrization to make quaternary centers is published in Chemical Science; congrats Jungwoo, Kevin, and Dan.
  • May 11- Congrats to Charles Yeung who has started a position in med chem at Merck.
  • April 13 - Congrats to Hasan Khan who has accepted a position in med chem at AbbVie.
  • April 1 - Congrats to Dr. Aaron Whittaker on his new position in process chemistry at Merck.
  • Feb 16 - Double whammy: Kevin Kou and Stephen Murphy are awarded postdoctoral fellowships from NSERC.
  • Feb 13 - Congrats to Dr. I-Hon Chen on his new position in medicinal chemistry at Chugai Pharmaceuticals.
  • Jan 21 - Our hydroacylation of alkynes by tandem Ru-catalysis is published in JACS; congrats Qing-An and Faben.
  • Jan 5 - We officially welcome graduate students Jan Riedel (Dortmund), Zhiwei Chen (Queens), and Craig Burt (Williams).
  • Jan 2 - Our transfer hydroformylation is published in Science; congrats Stephen, Jungwoo, and Faben.
  • Jan 1 - Prof Dong is now an associate editor with Chemical Sciences.
  • Nov 13 - Our Ni-catalyzed oxidative coupling has been accepted to ACIE; congrats Aaron.
  • Nov 10 - Kevin defends his PhD thesis. Congrats to Dr. Kou, who will start postdoctoral studies with Richmond Sarpong at UC Berkeley.
  • Nov 1 - Welcome visiting student, Hannah Hayes from Ireland.
  • Sept 15 - Welcome visiting student, Devi Ramanoudjame from France.
  • Sept 11 - Our review on catalysis with carbon dioxide appears in Topics in Catalysis. Congrats, Charles.
  • Sept 2 - Welcome rotation student, Zhiwei Chen from Queens College.
  • Sept 1 - We celebrate the group anniversary and wish farewell to Dr. Bennett. Nathan will start as a process chemist at AbbVie. See celebration.
  • Aug 15 - Our study on the Ru-catalyzed amination of alcohols is in press at JACS; congrats Nate and Zhibin.
  • Aug 4 - Our study on the activation of non-chelating aldehydes is in press at Chem. Sci.; congrats Stephen and Achim.
  • July 1 - Welcome summer researchers, Jennifer and Michael.
  • May 29 - Our study on ketoamide-hydroacylation is in press at JACS. Congrats to Kevin and Diane, whom we surprised with the news. See pictures/video.
  • May 29 - The group attends the Lee Dinner and cheers as Dan wins a departmental teaching award.
  • May 28 - Congrats to Greg on accepting a positon at Gilead.
  • May 28 - Congrats to Van on winning a Pfizer Fellowship.
  • March 31 - Welcome undergraduate researchers Sarah and Kaitlyn and visiting scholar Thomas (from Caen).
  • March 25 - Our study on Ru-macho catalyzed amide synthesis, in honor of Sarah Reisman's Tetrahedron Prize, is in press; congrats Nate and Zhibin.
  • Feb 24 - Our discovery of a Co-catalyzed hydroacylation of dienes is in press at JACS; congrats to Qing-An and Dan.
  • Feb 1 - Welcome to Dr. Jung-Woo Park, from Yonsei University.
  • Jan 31 - Our study on the copper-catalyzed transformation of sugars will be published in Chem-A European Journal; congrats I-Hon, Kevin, Diane, and Colin.
  • Jan 23 - Boni defends his thesis; congrats to Dr. Kim who will start postdoctoral work with Professor Miller at Yale University.
  • Jan 15 - Our Rh-catalyzed cross-coupling between aldehydes and vinylphenols is in press at Angewandte ; congrats Stephen and Achim.
  • Jan 3 - Welcome first year graduate student Faben Cruz (UT Austin).
  • Dec 19 - In collaboration with Prof Houk, we publish a dynamic kinetic resolution of sulfoxides in JACS; congrats Peter and Kevin.
  • Dec 6 - Dr. von Delius has been awarded the Emmy-Noether-Fellowship, which will fund his group at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; congrats Max.
  • Oct 7 - Welcome to Dr. Aaron Whittaker (from the University of Washington) and Peter Becker (from Aachen University).
  • Sept 28 - Congrats to Dr. Achim Bruch who has accepted a position as a research scientist at Novaled in Dresden, Germany.
  • Sep 8-12 - The Dong Group will be presenting at Larry Overman's Birthday Symposium at Eli Lilly and the 246th ACS meeting in Indianapolis.. Click here to see album.
  • Aug 5 - Welcome to our administrative assistant, Carol Schwartz.
  • Aug 1 - Professor Dong is awarded a JSPS Fellowship and will be lecturing in Japan this fall; congrats Vy.
  • July 13 - The group celebrates its seven-year anniversary and other milestones. See party here.
  • July 12 - Welcome Dr. Nathan Bennett who joins us from the Stoltz Lab at Caltech.
  • May 27 - Welcome undergraduate researchers, Melissa and Van.
  • May 22 - Our Ag-catalyzed addition to cyclopropenes is published in special issue celebrating Melanie Sanford's Tetrahedron Award; congrats Thi.
  • April 1 - Welcome to our visiting scholars: Julien (from Paris), Audrey (from Caen), and Jan (from Dortmund).
  • March 29 - Our Ru-catalyzed approach to ketone hydroacylation will be published in JACS; congrats Stephen.
  • March 29 - Congrats to Diane Le on being awarded an NSF graduate fellowship.
  • Jan 10 - Congrats to Dr. Max von Delius on starting his habilitation at the Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  • Jan 10 - Congrats to Tom Hsieh on accepting an associate scientist position at the Centre for Drug Research and Development in Vancouver, BC.
  • Dec 31 - Congrats to Xiaodan Zhao on his new professorship at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.
  • Dec 14 - Peter defends his thesis; congrats to Dr. Dornan who will start postdoctoral work with Professor Grubbs at California Institute of Technology.
  • Dec 14 - Hasan defends his thesis; congrats to Dr. Khan who will start postdoctoral work with Professor Ellman at Yale University.
  • Dec 10 - Welcome new students to the team: Colin, Diane, Dan, Greg, Jeeyong, Kyle, Nate, Nick, and Vanessa. See their profiles here.
  • Oct 22 - Prof Dong is profiled on the campus homepage. Read story here.
  • Sept 1 - Welcome Dr. Qing-An Chen who joins us from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics.
  • Aug 31 - Our study on preparing octaketides by hydroacylation appears in JACS; congrats to Max and Christine.
  • Aug 15 - The team heads southwest to our new academic home, the University of California at Irvine.
  • May 2 - A warm welcome to Jessica Greger who joins us from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
  • April 20 - Congrats to Charles Yeung on winning the Chair's Doctoral Medal for his thesis.
  • April 20 - Congrats to Matthew Coulter on his new position at Vive Crop Protection.
  • April 3 - A warm welcome to postdoctoral fellow Dr. Achim Bruch from the University of Muenster.
  • March 25-29 - Road trip! Our group presented at the 2012 Spring ACS meeting in San Diego, CA. Click here to see album.
  • Feb 21 - Congrats to Charles Yeung on winning the 2012 CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award. Charles will present his work at the upcoming CSC meeting in Calgary.
  • Feb 20 - Congrats to Thi Phan on her new position as a level II-scientist at Patheon Inc.
  • Dec 13 - Thi defends her thesis; congrats Dr. Phan.
  • Dec 12 - We thank Eli Lilly for a 2011 Grantee Award.
  • Oct 27 - Our latest advance in directed hydroacylation will appear in Organic Letters; congrats Stephen, Dave, and Matthew.
  • Sept 20 - Our hydroacylation route to aldol products has been accepted by Chemical Science; congrats to Stephen and Matthew.
  • Sept 19 - Christine Le and Lauren Longobardi officially join the lab, welcome.
  • Aug 19 - Matthew defends his thesis; congrats to Dr. Coulter who has been awarded an NSERC industrial postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Aug 18 - Tom defends his thesis; congrats to Dr. Hsieh who will start postdoctoral work with Professor Gates at UBC.
  • Aug 17 - Charles defends his thesis; congrats to Dr. Yeung who will pursue postdoctoral studies with Professor Jacobsen at Harvard University.
  • July 15 - Professor Dong has been appointed as the Adrian Brook Distinguished Professor; congrats Vy.
  • July 4 - Welcome to Dr. I-Hon Chen from the Shibasaki group and Lauren Longobardi from the Stradiotto group.
  • June 5 to 11 - We will be presenting posters at the NOS and then heading to NYC for a group trip.
  • June 2 - Welcome Christine Le who joins us from Western Ontario.
  • May 28 - Congrats to Hasan on being awarded the Sumner Memorial Fellowship.
  • May 26 - Congrats to Charles Yeung on being selected a finalist for this year's Reaxys PhD prize.
  • May 11 - Welcome to David Petrone who is joining us from Guelph.
  • May 8 - Congrats to Byoungmoo on being awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
  • March 24 - Congrats to Kevin and Stephen on being awarded Canada NSERC graduate fellowships.
  • March 23 - Charles is awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship.
  • March 23 - NSERC recognizes Matthew as a meritorious candidate.
  • March 3 - See the C&EN news report on Professor Dong's ACS Cope Award.
  • Feb 14 - Hasan and Kevin's work is featured on the cover of Chemical Science; thanks to Peter for the design.
  • Feb 9 - Our chiral C3-symmetric sulfoxide ligand will appear in Tetrahedron to honor Dean Toste; congrats Peter and Priscilla.
  • Feb 5 - A warm welcome to postdoctoral fellow Dr. Max von Delius from the University of Edinburough.
  • Jan 19 - Our oxazolidinone oxidative cross-coupling will appear in the special issue of Synlett dedicated to Professors Xiyan Lu and Li-Xin Dai; congrats Charles.
  • Jan 19 - Our contribution to the special issue of Inorg. Chem. Acta dedicated to Professor Robert Bergman is in press; congrats Nadine.
  • Jan 19 - Charles Yeung, Tom Hsieh, and Matthew Coulter are awarded travel grants from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to attend the National Organic Symposium this June.
  • Jan 3 - Congrats to Charles Yeung on winning the departmental Boehringer Ingelheim Award of Excellence in Organic/BioOrganic Chemistry.
  • Jan 2 - Our book chapter on catalytic routes to lactones is published; congrats to Charles and Peter.
  • Dec 8 - Thanks to Hoffman La-Roche for recognizing our group with the 2011 Excellence in Chemistry Award.
  • Nov 30 - Congrats to Kevin Kou for winning a Cook Memorial Fellowship, and Charles Yeung for a Merck Travel Grant.
  • Oct 25 - Congrats to Tom Hsieh on wininng a Croft teaching award.
  • Oct 18 - Our enantioselective synthesis of benzoxazepinones will appear in Chemical Science; congrats Hasan and Kevin.
  • Oct 13 - Our lab's Ru-catalyzed rearrangement has been accepted by Chemical Science; congrats Charles and Tom.
  • Oct 12 - The group's sulfide-directed hydroacylation will be published in JACS; congrats Matthew, Kevin, and Baye.
  • Oct 1 – Our cyclopropene hydroacylation has been accepted to JACS; congrats Thi and Kevin.
  • Sept 30 – Our study on C-S reductive elimination from Pd(IV) will be published in Angewandte; congrats Xiaodan.
  • Sept 16 - Welcome new graduate students, Stephen Murphy (from Queen’s) and Joe Pignatelli (from York), as well as undergraduate researcher, Sylvia Maule.
  • Sept 3 - Our collaborative study with ViveNano has been accepted to Chemical Science; congrats to Matthew.
  • Aug 31 - The American Chemical Society awards Prof. Dong an Authur C. Cope Scholar Award for 2011.
  • Aug 30 - Peter Dornan heads to UCLA for his internship with Ken Houk.
  • Aug 10 - Professor Dong wins an Early Researcher Award.
  • July 13 - Professor Dong has been promoted with tenure. Congrats, Vy. See photos here.
  • July 4-10 - Happy four-year lab anniversary. Our group was in San Francisco presenting at the ISACS. See photos here.
  • July 1 – Congrats to Charles Yeung on the F.E. Beamish Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology.
  • May 28 – Congrats to Hasan on being awarded the Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship.
  • May 18 - Nadine Borduas wins a Vanier Award and Priscilla Leung an NSERC CGS-M; congrats to both.
  • May 10 — Congrats to Matthew Coulter on being awarded an OGS fellowship.
  • May 7 – Congrats to Tom Hsieh on winning a TATP teaching excellence award.
  • May 5 – Our cross-coupling is accepted to Chemical Science; congrats Charles, Xiaodan, and Nadine.
  • May 3 – Professor Dong receives an Amgen Young Investigator's Award.
  • March 10 - Congratulations to Zengming Shen who has accepted a faculty position at Shanghai Jiaotong University.
  • March 5 – The Dong Group has been awarded the AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry.
  • March 4 – Our oxidative arylation method is in press at JACS; congrats Xiaodan and Charles.
  • Feb 12 - Congrats to Kevin Kou on being awarded the Edwin Walter & Margery Warren OGSST.
  • Feb 11 - Congrats to Nadine Borduas who has been chosen to represent Canada as a young researcher at the Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
  • Feb 1 - Welcome to administrative assistant Cynthia Chew.
  • Jan 27 - Congrats to Peter Dornan on being awarded the Michael Smith Fellowship.
  • Jan 7 - Happy 2010! The Dong group celebrates on ice. See photos.
  • Oct 8 - Our [3+2] cycloaddition is in press at Angewandte; congrats Yang and Kate.
  • Oct 5 - Our enantioselective phthalide preparation is in press in JACS; congrats Thi and Byoungmoo.
  • Sept 16 - Welcome new graduate students, Nadine Borduas, Kevin Kou, and Priscilla Leung.
  • July 4 - Our lab turns three. See celebration.
  • July 2 - Congrats to Elena on being recognized with a McGraw-Hill Ryerson Prize for her CSC presentation.
  • July 1 - Thanks to the ACS Petroleum Research Fund for funding Charles's carbon-dioxide project.
  • May 29 - June 2 - Our group presented at the 92nd CSC in Hamilton. Click here to see details.
  • May 20 - Congrats to Charles on receiving the Andre Hamer Award from NSERC. Click here for details.
  • May 19 - Welcome to our summer students, Baye, Mengzhou, Karyn, and Macy.
  • May 12 - Thanks to UW-Madison for selecting Prof. Dong as the inaugural speaker for their Eli Lilly Young Investigator Lecture.
  • April 30 - Peter receives a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Click here for details.
  • April 17 - Our communication on asymmetric synthesis of seven- and eight-membered rings is in press at JACS; congrats Matthew and Peter.
  • April 4 - Congratulations to Hasan, Elena, and Kate on winning graduate doctoral fellowships from NSERC.
  • Feb 25 - CityNews’s Dr. Karl visits our lab to investigate a connection between French fries and acrylamide. See video.
  • Feb 17 - Thanks to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for awarding Prof. Dong a research fellowship. See awardees.
  • Feb 12 - Our study on the use of arylsulfonyl chlorides to functionalize C-H bonds is in press at JACS; congrats Xiaodan and Elena.
  • Feb 11 - Thanks to CNC-IUPAC for granting Prof. Dong a travel award. Click here for award announcements.
  • Nov 18 - Our mechanistic study on ketone-hydroacylation is in press at JACS – congrats Zengming, Peter, and Hasan.
  • Nov 17 - Our Pd-catalyzed route to indoles will appear in Tetrahedron’s upcoming special edition; congrats Tom.
  • Nov 7-9 - Peter, Matthew, Charles, and Hasan present at QOMSBOC.
  • Oct 27 - Our acylsilane rearrangement is accepted by Angewandte – congrats Zengming.
  • Sept 22 - Welcome graduate students: Marija Antonic, Elena Dimitrijevic, Boni Kim, and Kate Jardine.
  • Aug 24 - Zengming heads to Shanghai Normal University to start her academic position - congrats, Prof Shen. See party.
  • Aug 8 - Thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim for a Young Investigator Award. See announcement.
  • July 4 - The lab turns two. See party.
  • June 13 - Congrats to Hasan on being awarded the Edwin Walter & Margery Warren OGSST.
  • June 1 - Dr. Xiaodan Zhao joins the group.
  • May 16 - Our JACS paper on catalytic carboxylation is in press - congrats to Charles.
  • May 15 - Welcome to our summer undergraduate researchers Khoa, Chloe, and Lisa.
  • May 2 - Congrats to Jane for winning a Pfizer summer research fellowship. See list of awardees.
  • April 6-10 - Our lab is in New Orleans attending the 235th ACS Meeting. Click on the title to see abstract and seminar details.
    Charles Yeung "Catalytic carboxylation of organozinc reagents"
    Matthew Coulter "Catalytic polyacrylic acid stabilized palladium nanoparticles"
    Tom Hsieh "Palladium-catalyzed carbon-hydrogen bond amination with nitroalkenes"
    Yang Li "Pd(II)-catalyzed dioxygenation of unactivated olefins"
    Vy Dong "Novel transition metal-catalyzed approaches to lactones and diols"
    Zengming Shen "Novel catalytic approach to chiral lactones"
  • Feb 22 - Our hydroacylation work is featured in Chemistry World, click here.
  • Feb 16 - Congratulations to Jane for winning an NSERC URSA award.
  • Feb 5 - Our manuscript on a Pd-catalyzed dioxygenation is accepted by JACS – congrats to Yang.
  • Feb 4 - Our report of a new Rh-catalyzed hydroacylation is accepted by JACS – congrats to Zengming and Hasan.
  • Jan 7 - Welcome new Ph.D. student Peter Dornan.
  • Jan 5 - The website has been updated to include a virtual tour of the lab.
  • Dec 3 - Jane Ni joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher.
  • Sept 20 - Welcome new graduate student Hasan Khan.
  • Sept 10 - Angelica Rojas joins the lab to pursue her fourth-year thesis project.
  • July 3 - Prof. Dong wins a Connaught New Staff Matching Grant.
  • June 23 - Group summer celebration, see photos.
  • June 18 - Undergraduate volunteers Ben Wong and Saurabh Patel begin their apprenticeship.
  • June 13 - Welcome to Ali Rostami (U Alberta) and Hasan Khan (U Ottawa) who join us for the summer.
  • June 4 - Travis Ancelet (U Saskatchewan) and Matthew Bancerz (York U) start their summer internships - welcome to the lab.
  • May 22 - Welcome to Khoa Pham and Steven Xu - our 299 summer undergraduates.
  • April 15 - Congratulations to Charles Yeung on winning a Canada Graduate Doctoral Fellowship from NSERC.
  • March 28 - NSERC supports our research with both a discovery grant and new instrumentation grant.
  • Jan 22 - We’re pleased to welcome Thi Phan, a new Ph.D. student, who joins us from York University.
  • Jan 15 - Welcome to undergraduate Boris Popov and visiting scholar, Jackie Hsi from UofT Scarborough.
  • Dec 11 - Special thanks to Merck Frosst for awarding Prof. Dong a Young Investigator Grant.
  • Dec 4 - Thieme Synlett - Synthesis selects Prof. Dong for a Journal Award recognizing promising new professors.
  • Dec 2 - See the highlight in Nature featuring Prof. Dong's postdoctoral work - "Molecules in Quarantine".
  • Dec 1 - Our lab is awarded a start-up grant by the Connaught Foundation of UofT.
  • Sept 25 - Dr. Yang Li has arrived to spearhead our collaborative research project with the Song Lab.
  • Sept 22 - Pete Ng joins the lab to pursue his fourth year thesis project.
  • Sept 20 - Welcome to our first class of graduate students: Matthew Coulter, Tom Hsieh, Marc Tremblay, and Charles Yeung.
  • Sept 12 - Dr. Zengming Shen joins the group as a postdoctoral scholar.
  • July 24 - Welcome to Tram who joins us as a summer student.
  • July 10 - Our website is live.
  • July 5 - Welcome to our summer research students; Marc, Elton, Eric, and Jackson!
  • June 25 - Vy and Wilmer celebrate their wedding with family and friends in Long Beach, California.

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