Jian He 何健

  • Innovation Award in 2021 at University of Hong Kong
Dr He obtained his BS degree in Chemistry from Zhejiang University where he conducted research in allene chemistry under the direction of Prof. Shengming Ma. In August 2011, he moved to the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) as a TSRI Dean’s fellow, and began his graduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Jin-Quan Yu, with a focus on ligand-promoted C(sp3)–H activation using palladium catalysts. After finishing two-year postdoctoral work on copper photocatalysis in the research group of Prof. Jonas C. Peters at the California Institute of Technology, Dr He became an assistant professor at The University of Hong Kong in August 2019. He has received multiple awards, including The Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation in 2014, International Precious Metals Institute Student Award in 2015, Reaxys PhD Prize Finalist in 2015, ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award in 2015, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad in 2015, IUPAC-Solvay Honorable Mention Prize in 2017, and Croucher Innovation Award in 2021.


Dr He seeks to develop an interdisciplinary research program at the interface between organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and materials science, focusing on design of novel MOF- and nanocluster-based heterogeneous catalysts for organic synthesis, especially in the fields of radical coupling and C–H activation.

Group website: http://www.helab.org

Angewandte Chemie Introducing Profile: https://doi.org/10.1002/ange.202304348

Publications as the Last Corresponding Author

1. Nature Catalysis accepted. 

2. Phosphine-Triggered Structural Defects in Au44 Homologues Boost Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202306696.

3. Structural Study of Atomically Precise Doped Au38−xAgx NCs@ZIF-8 Electrode Material for Energy Storage Application. Chem. Eng. J. 2023, 468, 143575.

4. Atomically Precise Gold Nanoclusters at the Molecular-to-Metallic Transition with Intrinsic Chirality from Surface Layers. Nat. Commun. 2023, 14, 2397.

5. Metal-Organic Framework Supported Copper Photoredox Catalysts for Iminyl Radical-Mediated Reactions. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202300233.

6. Phosphinous Acid–Phosphinito Tetra-Icosahedral Au52 Nanocluster for Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction. JACS Au 2022, 2, 2617–2626.