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The Zhu Group

We are organic chemists who apply the skills in organic chemistry to answer fundamental questions in our own field, and based on that to develop new tools to help advance other relevant areas such as chemical biology and materials science.

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The Zhu group is interested in asking and addressing fundamental questions in organic chemistry. During the process of using scientific methods to solve these problems, new observations are made which by not letting go often lead to the development of new tools that benefit other areas of science. The specific subdisciplines that we focus our research in are the interconnected areas of physical organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and chemical biology.

Our group has contributed to the understanding of molecular photophysics of organic molecules and mechanisms of copper-catalyzed reactions. Based on these fundamental works, new fluorescence imaging labels and methods, as well as new catalytic processes, have been created. 

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Latest Publications

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Quinton J. Meisner, Joseph J. M. Hurley, Peijun Guo, Anna R. Blood, Richard D. Schaller, David J. Gosztola, Gary P. Wiederrecht, and Lei Zhu*. Triple Emission of 5′-(para-R-Phenylene)vinylene-2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole (PVHBO). Part I: Dual Emission from the Neutral Species. J. Phys. Chem. A 2022, 126, 7, 1033–1061.

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