Zhang Xumu 张绪穆

Professor Zhang Xumu

  • Dean of Medi-X, Sustech
  • Dean of Medi-X Pingshan, Sustech
  • Associate Dean of the College of Science
  • Chair Professor of the Department of Chemistry
  • Southern University of Science and Technology

Xumu Zhang received his BS from Wuhan University (1982) and MS from Chinese Science Academy (1985) with Professor Jiaxi Lu and University of California, San Diego (1987) with Professor Gerhard N. Schrauzer. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1992 from Stanford University under the guidance of Professor James P. Collman(The supervisor of Nobel Prize Sharpless and Grubbs). He pursued postdoctoral research at Stanford University from 1992 to 1994. Before joining SUSTech in 2015, he was a professor of chemistry in Pennstate University and distinguished professor in Rutgers University.

Xumu Zhang is the first person from mainland China, who won the prestigious ACS Cope Scholar Award in 2002 for his invention of the toolbox of chiral ligands for his development of homogeneous catalysts that make it practical to synthesize many chiral molecules, especially those having biological significance. In 2014, a chemical reaction was named after his name as Zhang Enyne Cycloisomerization. In frontier areas of science, Xumu Zhang has applied over 50 U.S. and international patents, published more than 300 papers and the papers are cited over 15000 times. His H-factor by now is over 75. He has developed several privileged, powerful and practical chiral ligands for asymmetric catalysis, which enables promising industrial application in the synthesis drug molecules. Besides, he also founded a biomedical company named “Chiral Quest” in 2000.

His research interests include high efficient and selective hydrogenation and hydroformylation, biomass energy conversion and green synthesis of chiral drugs.