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Yongjun Tang, PhD

phone: 505 822 4540
e-mail: tangyj@unm.edu

currently: The University of New Mexico, USA
Research Assistant Professor

education

October 2001- present
Postdoctoral research stay at the University of California @ San Diego, CA.

September 2000 - October 2001
Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow with Prof. Wolfgang Herrmann at the University of Technology in Munich, Germany.

August 1999 - August 2000
Postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Kenneth M. Nicholas at the University of Oklahoma.

September 1996 - July 1999
Ph.D. student in the group of Prof. Jiabi Chen's laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

September 1993 - July 1996
Graduate student at the Institute of Elemento - Organic Chemistry, Nankai University, China.

 

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research project

October 2001: organometallic actinide chemistry

The objective of my research will focus on the synthesize a series of chelating imidazol-2-ylidene compounds and to use them as polydentate carbene ligands at low-valent, catalytically active uranium centers. The novel ligand systems are designed to explore new transformations relevant to binding, activating, and functionalizing small molecules at uranium centers. This approach will allow exploration of new modes of uranium reactivity and their potential application to catalysis. Based on a solid foundation of experimental results of actinide coordination chemistry we will coax synthesis and computational methods. We will demonstrate that modern computational tools are capable of calculating electronic structures and optimize geometries, thus, enhancing ligand design, inorganic synthesis, and catalyst development.

 

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research fellowships

Sept. 2000 - October 2001
Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship

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awards & honors

1999
Weihua Science & Technology, Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

1999
Excellent PhD Prize, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

1998
Excellent PhD Prize, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

1996
Excellent Graduate Student Prize, Nankai University, China.

1993
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Prize, Southwest Normal University, China.

 

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presentations


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