CUI Jianfang
Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Jian-Fang Cui obtained his bachelor degree of Science from Sun Yat-sen University in 2006, and then he obtained his PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science under the supervision of Professor Henry N. C. Wong in 2011. From 2012 to 2018, he worked as Research Associate, Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Fellow at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to continue his academic study in organic synthesis. Currently, Dr. Cui works as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Southern University of Science and Technology. His research interests concern the design and synthesis of functional tetraphenylenes and chiral gold(III) complex and their application on asymmetric catalysis. To date, he has published 12 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals.


Education Background
2006 – 2011: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, P. R. China.
Supervisor: Professor Henry N. C. Wong
2002 – 2006: B.S. in Applied Chemistry
Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, P. R. China


Research Experience
2018 – Present: Research Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, Southern University of Science and Technology
2012 – 2018: Research Fellow (2014 – 2018);
Postdoctoral Fellow (2013 – 2014); Research Associate (2012 – 2013)
State Key Laboratory of Chirosciences, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Supervisor: Professor Man-Kin Wong
2011 – 2012: Research Associate
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, P. R. China.
Supervisor: Professor Henry N. C. Wong


Research Interest
1) Asymmetric catalysis
2) Medicinal chemistry
3) Organic luminescent materials


2003: Second-class scholarship of Sun Yat-sen University.
2004: Second-class scholarship of Sun Yat-sen University.
2005: First-class scholarship of Sun Yat-sen University.
2005: The Dupont Scholarship of Sun Yat-sen University.
2006: Outstanding Graduate Student Award of Sun Yat-sen University


1. Jian-Fang Cui, Ri-Shi Tang, Bing Yang, Nathanael Chun-Him Lai, Jie-Ren Deng, Man-Kin Wong*. Metal-Free Cyclocarboamination of ortho-Formyl Phenylacetylenes with Secondary Amines: Access to 1,3-Diamino-1H-Indenes and 3-Amino-1-Indanones. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2019, 361, DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201801318.
2. Jian-Fang Cui, Hok-Ming Ko, Ka-Pan Shing, Jie-Ren Deng, Nathanael Chun-Him Lai, Man-Kin Wong*. C,O-Chelated BINOL/gold(III) complexes: synthesis and catalysis with tunable product profiles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 3074-3079.
3. Bing Yang, Jian-Fang Cui*(Corresponding Author), Man-Kin Wong*. Selective C-H bond hydroxylation of cyclohexanes in water by supramolecular control. RSC Adv. 2017, 7, 30886-30893.
4. Tsz-Wai Hui#, Jian-Fang Cui# (Co-first Author), Man-Kin Wong*. Modular synthesis of propargylamine modified cyclodextrins by a gold(III)-catalyzed three-component coupling reaction. RSC Adv. 2017, 7, 14477-14480.
5. Franco King-Chi Leung, Jian-Fang Cui, Tze-Wai Hui, Karen Ka-Yan Kung, Man-Kin Wong*. Photooxidative amidation of aldehydes with amines catalyzed by rose bengal. Asian. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 4, 533-536.
6. Jian-Fang Cui, Karen Ka-Yan Kung, Hok-Ming Ko, Tsz-Wai Hui, Man-Kin Wong*. Silver-catalyzed transformation of propargylic amine N-oxides to enones and acyloxy ketones via isoxazolinium intermediates. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2014, 356, 2965-2973.
7. Karen Ka-Yan Kung, Hok-Ming Ko, Jian-Fang Cui, Hiu-Chi Chong, Yun-Chung Leung, Man-Kin Wong*. Cyclometalated gold(III) complexes for chemoselective cysteine modification via ligand controlled C-S bond-forming reductive elimination. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 11899-11902.
8. Franco King-Chi Leung, Jian-Fang Cui, Tsz-Wai Hui, Zhong-Yuan Zhou, Man-Kin Wong*. Hydrogen bond donor–acceptor–donor organocatalysis for conjugate addition of benzylidene barbiturates via complementary DAD–ADA hydrogen bonding. RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 26748-26756.
9. Hok-Ming Ko, Karen Ka-Yan Kung, Jian-Fang Cui, Man-Kin Wong*. Bis-cyclometallated gold(III) complexes as efficient catalysts for synthesis of propargylamines and alkylated indoles. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 8869-8871.
10. Jian-Fang Cui, Chao Chen, Xiang Gao, Zong-Wei Cai, Jian-Wei Han, Henry Nai Ching Wong*. 2,3,10,11-Tetrahydroxytetraphenylene and its application in molecular recognition. Helv. Chim. Acta. 2012, 95, 2604–2620. (Invited paper)
11. Jian-Fang Cui, Hui Huang, Henry Nai Ching Wong*. A concise synthetic approach towards hydroxytetraphenylenes. Synlett 2011, 1018-1022. (Invited paper)
12. Yan Liu, Zhuofeng Ke, Jianfang Cui, Wen-Hua Chen, Lin Ma, Bo Wang*. Synthesis, inhibitory activities, and QSAR study of xanthone derivatives as α-glucosidase inhibitors. Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2008, 16, 7185-7192.

Contact Information:
Adress:Room 407, Building 5, Innovation Park, Department of Chemistry, Southern University of Science and Technology, 1088 Xueyuan Avenue, Shenzhen, 518055, China