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Zheng's Group, Jan 2010.


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Group Photo 01-2010
Zheng's Group, Jan 2010.


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esearch Interests:
Natural product synthesis, method development, and organometallics

Nitrogen centered chemistry! mainly focused on the unique reactivity of amino radical cation specis under photoredox catalysis.



Selected publication as independent PI.

8. Yi Cai, Jiang Wang, Yuexiang Zhang, Zhi Li, David Hu, Nan Zheng, and Hao Chen Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017 139 (35), 12259-12266

7. J. Wang, C. Mao, P. Feng, N. Zheng, Chem. Eur. J. 201723, 15396.

6. Qile Wang and Nan Zheng ACS Catalysis 2017 7 (6), 4197-4201

5. Wang, J. and Zheng, N. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54: 11424–11427. doi:10.1002/anie.201504076

4. Scott A. Morris, Theresa H. Nguyen and Nan Zheng Adv .S ynth. Catal. 2015, 357,2 311 –2 316

3. Hu, J.; Wang, J.; Nguyen, T. H.; Zheng, N. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2013, 9, 1977–2001.

2. Maity, S. and Zheng, N.Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51: 9562–9566. 

1. Maity, S.; Zhu, M.; Shinabery, R. S.; Zheng, N. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 222−226.

Prior to the University of Arkansas

11. Tsang, W. C. P.; Munday, R.; Gordon, B.; Zheng, N.; Buchwald, S. L. “A Palladium-Catalyzed Method for the Synthesis of Carbazoles via Tandem C-H Functionalization and C-N Bond Formation” J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 7603-7610.

10. Handa, M.; Scheidt, K.; Bossart, M.; Zheng, N.; Roush, W. R. “Studies on the Synthesis of Apoptolidin A. 1. Synthesis of the C(1)-C(11) Fragment” J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 1031-1035.

9. Zheng, N.; Buchwald, S. L. “A Copper-Catalyzed Regiospecific Synthesis of N-Alkyl Benzimidazoles.” Org. Lett. 2007, 9, 4749-4751.

8. Zheng, N.; Anderson, K. W.; Huang, X.; Nguyen, H. N.; Buchwald, S. L. “A Palladium-Catalyzed Regiospecific Synthesis of N-Aryl Benzimidazoles.” Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 7509-7512.

7. Tsang, W. C. P.; Zheng, N.; Buchwald, S. L. “Combined C-H Functionalization/C-N Bond Formation Route to Carbazoles.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 14560-14561.

6. Zheng, N.; Armstrong, J. D., III; Keller, J.; Liu, T.; Purick, J. L.; Bhupathy, M.; Volante, R. P. “A Convergent Asymmetric Synthesis of the Growth Hormone Secretagogue.” Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 2003, 14, 3435-3446.

5. McWilliams, J. C.; Fleitz, F. J.; Zheng, N.; Armstrong, J. D., III “Preparation of N-Butyl 4-Chlorophenyl Sulfide.” Organic Syntheses 2002, 79, 43-51.

4. Fleitz, F. J.; Lyle, T. A.; Zheng, N.; Armstrong, J. D., III; Volante, R. P. “Kilogram Scale Synthesis of the Pyrazinone Acetic Acid Core of an Orally Efficacious Thrombin Inhibitor.” Synth. Commun. 2000, 30, 3171-3180.

3. Zheng, N.; McWilliams, J. C.; Fleitz, F. J.; Armstrong, J. D., III; Volante, R. P “Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Aryl Sulfides from Aryl Triflates.” J. Org. Chem. 1998, 63, 9606-9607.

2. Zheng, N.; Armstrong, J. D., III; McWilliams, J. C.; Fleitz, F. J.; Volante, R. P “Aymmetric Synthesis of α–Amino Acid Derivatives via an Electrophilic Amination of Chiral Amide Cuprates with Li-t-Butyl-N-Tosyloxycarbamate.” Tetrahedron Lett. 1997, 38, 2817-2820.

1. McWilliams, J. C.; Armstrong, J. D., III; Zheng, N.; Bhupathy, M.; Volante, R. P.; Reider, P. “Tandem Asymmetric Transformations: an Asymmetric 1,2-Migration from a Higher Order Zincate Coupled with a Stereoselective Homoaldol Reaction.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1996, 118, 11970-11971.

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Dr. Zheng Nan Nan Zheng

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY M.S. 1995
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Ph.D. 2005
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoc 2005-2008

2005-2006 NIH NCI Postdoctoral Trainee
2006-2008 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

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CHEM 3613, Organic Chemistry II, Spring 2010

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Lecture 3 hours per week. Primarily for non-majors and B.A.
chemistry majors who do not take the CHEM 3703/3702L and 3713/3712L sequence.

Pre- or Corequisite: CHEM 3611L.
Corequisite: Drill component.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1123 and CHEM 1121L and CHEM 3603 and CHEM 3601L


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