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Wei Han Associate Professor

Research Interests: 
The research in my group is to design of of “green” synthetic methodology and new approaches for synthesizing important bioactive compounds and organic functional molecules through the innovation of concepts, invention of novel reagents, reactions, cataly

Research Projects

2014-2016  Natural Science Foundation of China (21302099)

2014-2016  Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry

2012-2015  Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK2012449)

2012-2014  Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Provincial Colleges and Universities (12KJB150014)

2011-2013  Scientific Research Start-up Foundation of Nanjing Normal University (2011103XGQ0250)


Journal Articles

1. Hongyuan Zhao, Hongyan Du, Xiaorong Yuan, Tianjiao Wang, Wei Han*, Iron-catalyzed carbonylation of aryl halides with arylborons using stoichiometric chloroform as the carbon monoxide source, Green Chem. 2016, 18, 5782–5787.

2. Hongyuan Zhao, Wei Han*, Ligand-free palladium-catalyzed oxidative carbonylative homocoupling of arylboron reagents at ambient pressure, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2016, 4279–4283.

3. Wei Han*, Fengli Jin, Qian Zhao, Hongyan Du, Lifang Yao, Acid-Free Silver-Catalyzed Cross-Dehydrogenative Carbamoylation of Pyridines with Formamides, Synlett.. 2016, 27, 1854–1859.

4.F. L. Jin, Y. Z. Zhong, X. Zhang, H. C. Zhang, Q. Zhao, W. Han*, Transition metal-free, iodide-mediated domino carbonylation–benzylation of benzyl chlorides with arylboronic acids under ambient pressure of carbon monoxide, Green Chem. 2016, 18, 2598-2603. (Inside cover)

5.F. L. Jin, W. Han*, Transition-metal-free, ambient-pressure carbonylative cross-coupling reactions of aryl halides with potassium aryltrifluoroborates, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 9133-9136.

6.H. Y. Du, Q. Ruan, M. H. Qi, W. Han*, Ligand-free Pd-catalyzed double carbonylation of aryl iodides with amines to α‑ketoamides under atmospheric pressure of carbon monoxide and at room temperature, J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 7816-7823.

7.W. Han*, F. L. Jin, Q. Zhou, Ligand-_free palladium-_catalyzed hydroxycarbonylation of aryl halides under ambient conditions: Synthesis of aromatic carboxylic acids and aromatic esters, Synthesis-Stuttgart, 2015, 47, 1861-1868.

8.Y. Z. Zhong, W. Han*, Iron-catalyzed carbonylative Suzuki reactions under atmospheric pressure of carbon monoxide, Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 3874-3877.

9.Q. Zhou, S. H. Wei, W. Han*, In situ generation of palladium nanoparticles: ligand-free palladium catalyzed pivalic acid-assisted carbonylative Suzuki reaction at ambient conditions, J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 1454-1460. (Highlighted in “SynFacts”).

10.L. J. Cheng, Y. Z. Zhong, Z. C. Ni, H. Y. Du, F. L. Jin, Q. Rong, W. Han*, Copper-catalyzed carbonylative Suzuki coupling of aryl iodides with arylboronic acids under ambient pressure of carbon monoxide, RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 44312-44316.

11.Y. Z. Zhong, L. X. Yuan, Z. Huang, W. C. Gu, Y. Shao, W. Han*, In situ generated nickel nanoparticle-catalyzed carbonylative Suzuki reactions of aryl iodides with arylboronic acids at ambient CO pressure in poly(ethylene glycol), RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 63216-63220.

12.Y. Z. Zhong, L. X. Yuan, Z. Huang, W. C. Gu, Y. Shao, W. Han*, Unexpected hydrazine hydrate-mediated aerobic oxidation of aryl/heteroaryl boronic acids to phenols in ambient air, RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 33164-33167.

13.L. F. Yao, Q. Zhou, W. Han*, S. H. Wei, Copper powder-catalyzed direct ring-opening arylation of benzazoles with aryl iodides in polyethylene glycol, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2012, 6856-6860.

14.W. Han, P. Mayer, A. R. Ofial, Palladium-catalyzed dehydrogenative cross couplings of benzazoles with azoles, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 2178-2182. (Selected as a “Hot Paper”; Highlighted in “Synfacts”; commented by F. Glorius et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 7479-7481).

15.W. Han, P. Mayer, A. R. Ofial, Palladium-catalyzed direct arylations of azoles with aryl silicon and tin reagents, Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 6904-6908.

16.Wei Han, A. R. Ofial, No detours: palladium-catalyzed oxidative C-H/C-H cross-couplings of heteroarenes, Synlett, 2011, 14, 1951-1955.

17.W. Han, P. Mayer, A. R. Ofial, Iron-catalyzed oxidative mono- and bis-phosphonation of N,N-dialkylanilines, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2010, 352, 1667-1676.

18.W. Han, A. R. Ofial, Iron catalyzed oxidative cyanation of tertiary amines, Chem. Commun. 2009, 40, 5024-5026. (Highlighted in “Synfacts”).

19. W. Han, A. R. Ofial, Iron-catalyzed dehydrogenative phosphonation of N,N-dimethyl-anilines, Chem. Commun. 2009, 40, 6023-6025.






Wei Han*, L. F. Yao, Method for synthesis of 2-(arylthio)anilines and 2-phenoxyanilines, CN 201210383747.0.


Wei Han*,H. Y. Du,Q. Ruan,Method for synthesis of α‑ketoamides via catalytic carbonylation, CN 201510246136.5.


Wei Han*, F. L. Jin, Method for synthesis of biarylketones via transition-metal-free carbonylative cross-coupling reactions, CN 201510246960.0.


Wei Han*, L. J. Cheng, Q. Rong, Method for synthesis of biarylketones via copper-catalyzed carbonylation, CN 201410201156.6.


Wei Han*, X. X. Gong, Z. C. Ni, H. Y. Wang, J. L. Fu,Method for synthesis of biarylketones via Ni-catalyzed carbonylationat ambient pressure, CN 201410201223.4.


Honors and Awards

Academic Title:Member of the Chinese Chemical Society