Chen, Yaofeng  Professor

State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry

Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS

345 Lingling Lu, Shanghai 200032

Phone/Fax: +86 21 54925149/64166128




1993  B.S., Department of Chemistry, Hangzhou Normal Colleage

1996  M.S., Department of Chemistry, Hangzhou University

1999  Ph.D., Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang

Research Experience:

1999 - 2002  Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China

2002 - 2003  Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal, Canada

2003 - 2005  Department of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, US

2006 - present  Professor at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

Research Interest:

Design, synthesis and reactivities of transition-metal complexes, especially the organometallic complexes of rare-earth metals.

Selected Publication:

1. Yingdong Lv, Xin Xu, Yaofeng Chen*, Xuebing Leng, Maxim V. Borzov “Well-defined Soluble P3- Containing Rare-earth Metal Compounds” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (accepted).

2. Jiaxiang Chu, Erli Lu, Zhixiao Liu, Yaofeng Chen*, Xuebing Leng, Haibing Song “Reactivity of a Scandium Terminal Imido Complex towards Unsaturated Substrates” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 7677-7680.

3. Erli Lu, Jiaxiang Chu, Yaofeng Chen*, Maxim V. Borzov, “The Scandium Terminal Imido Complexes Induced C-H Bond Selenation and The Formation of Sc-Se Bond” Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 743-745.

4. Yuanyuan Yuan, Xiufang Wang, Yuxue Li, Liyan Fan, Xin Xu, Yaofeng Chen*, Guangyu Li, Wei Xia, “Rapid Entry to Functionalized Boratabenzene Complexes Through Metal Induced Hydroboration at Anionic 1-H-Boratabenzene Ligand” Organometallics 2011, 30, 4330-4341.

5. Peng Cui, Yaofeng Chen*, Guangyu Li, Wei Xia, “Versatile Reactivities of ansa-Heteroborabenzene Divalent Ytterbium Amide toward Alkali-Metal Salts and the Generation of Heterometallic Ytterbium-Alkali-Metal Boratabenzene Complexes” Organometallics 2011, 30, 2012-2017.

6. Erli Lu, Wei Gan, Yaofeng Chen* “Monoalkyl and monoanilide yttrium complexes containing tridentate pyridyl-1-azaallyl dianionic ligands” Dalton Trans. 2011, 40, 2366-2374. (Invited for the themed issue entitled “New Talent: Asia”)

7. Erli Lu, Yuxue Li, Yaofeng Chen* “A Scandium Terminal Imido Complex: Synthesis, Structure and DFT Studies” Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 4469-4471. (Front Cover)

8. Yuanyuan Yuan, Yaofeng Chen*, Guangyu Li, Wei Xia, “Synthesis and Structural Features of Boratabenzene Rare-earth Metal Alkyl Complexes” Organometallics  2010, 29, 3722-3728.

9. Xin Xu, Yaofeng Chen*, Jian Feng, Gang Zou, Jie Sun, “Half-sandwich Mono(indenyl) Rare-earth Metal Dialkyl Complexes: Syntheses, Structures and Catalytic Reactivities of (1,3-(SiMe3)2C9H5)RE(CH2SiMe3)2(THF)” Organometallics 2010, 29, 549-553.

10. Yangjian Hu, Xin Xu, Yuetao Zhang, Yaofeng Chen*, Eugene Y.-X. Chen,* “Polymerization of Naturally Renewable Methylene Butyrolactones by Half-Sandwich Indenyl Rare Earth Metal Dialkyls with Exceptional Activity” Macromolecules 2010, 43, 9328-9336.

11. Peng Cui, Yaofeng Chen*, Maxim V. Borzov, “Neodymium(III) Phosphinidene Complexes Supported by Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl and Hydrotris(pyrazolyl)borate Ligands” Dalton Trans. 2010, 39, 6886-6890. (Invited for the themed issue entitled “New Horizons in Organo-f-element Chemistry”)

12. Xin Xu, Yaofeng Chen*, Gang Zou, * Jie Sun, “Single, Double and Triple Deprotonation of a β-Diketimine Bearing Pendant Pyridyl Group and the Corresponding Rare-earth Metal Complexes” Dalton Trans. 2010, 39, 3952-3958.

13. Erli Lu, Wei Gan, Yaofeng Chen* “Monoalkyllanthanide Complexes with New β-Diketiminato Derivative Dianionic Ligands” Organometallics 2009, 28, 2318.

14. Xin Xu, Yaofeng Chen*, Jie Sun “Indenyl Abstraction vs Alkyl Abstraction of (Indenyl)ScR2(THF) by [Ph3C][B(C6F5)4]: Aspecific and Syndiospecific Styrene Polymerization”, Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 846-850.

15. Peng Cui, Yaofeng Chen*, Guangyu Li, Wei Xia “An ansa-Hetero-Borabenzene Divalent Lanthanide Amide via C-H Bond Cleavage” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9944.

16. Peng Cui, Yaofeng Chen*, Xin Xu, Jie Sun “An Unprecedented Lanthanide Phosphinidene Halide: Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity” Chem. Commun. 2008, 5547.

17. Yuanyuan Yuan, Yaofeng Chen*, Guangyu Li, Wei Xia “Reactions of Boratabenzene Yttrium Complexes with KN(SiMe3)2: Salt Elimination and p-Ligand Displacement” Organometallics 2008, 27, 6307.

18. Peng Cui, Yaofeng Chen*, Guoping Wang, Guangyu Li, Wei Xia “Divalent Ytterbium Boratabenzene Complex (C5H5BNPh2)2Yb(THF)2: Synthesis, Structure and Solvent-Mediated Redox Transformation”  Organometallics 2008, 4,4013.

19. Xin Xu, Xiaoyan Xu, Yaofeng Chen*, Jie Sun“Dialkyl lanthanide Metal Complexes Containing New Tridentate Monoanionic Ligands with Nitrogen Donors” Organometallics 2008, 27,758.

20. Peng Cui, Yaofeng Chen*, Xiaohua Zeng, Jie Sun, Guangyu Li, Wei Xia “Boratabenzene Derivatives of Divalent Samarium: Syntheses, Structures and Catalytic Reactivities of (C5H5BXPh2)2Sm(THF)2(X = N, P)” Organometallics 2007, 26, 6519.

21. Yaofeng Chen, Christine Sui-Seng, Davit Zargarian* “Tetraphenylborate as a Novel Bridging Ligand in a Zwitterionic Nickel(I) Dimer” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 7721.

22. Yaofeng Chen, Gang Wu, Guillermo C Bazan* “Remote Activation of Nickel Catalysts for Ethylene Oligomerization” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 1108.