(Ph.D.) 2015 Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University
(M.S.) 2012 Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University
(B.S.) 2010 Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University
2019 – present Assistant Professor, Sungkyunkwan University
2019 – 2019 Assistant Professor, UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology)
2015 – 2019 Postdoctoral researcher, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kohlenforschung, Germany (with Prof. Benjamin List)
We are a young and active organic chemistry research group based at Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea. Our research interests span from the invention of new catalytic organic transformations to the design of novel catalysts to uncover previously unexplored pathways. The primary research direction pursued in our group is, to exploit fundamental homogeneous catalysis as a tool for further multidisciplinary and practical applications in the synthesis of biologically relevant molecules, materials science, and biological science.
Approaching sub-ppm level asymmetric organocatalysis of a highly challenging and scalable carbon–carbon bond forming reaction. Nature Chemistry 2018, 10, 888.
Hydrophobic chirality ampliﬁcation in conﬁned water cages. Nature Communications 2019, 851.
Can a ketone be more reactive than an aldehyde? Catalytic asymmetric synthesis of substituted tetrahydrofurans. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57,12162.
Asymmetric counteranion-directed Lewis acid organocatalytsis for scalable cyanosilylation of aldehydes. Nature Communications 2016, 12478.
Direct catalytic asymmetric Mannich reaction with dithiomalonate as an excellent donor: the first organocatalytic synthesis of (R)-Sitagliptin. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 10825. (Patent issued: 20 Jun. 2018)
Unprecedented hydrophobic amplification in noncovalent organocatalysis "on water": Hydrophobic chiral squaramide catalyzed Michael addition of malonates to nitroalkenes. ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 3613. (Patent issued: 25 Aug. 2015)