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Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

University of Massachusetts


Wei Zhang is the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his PhD and did his post-doctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh with late Prof. Paul Dowd. His previous positions include Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Chemist at DuPont Agricultural Products, and Director of Discovery Chemistry at Fluorous Technologies, Inc. Prof. Zhang’s research is in the areas of fluorous chemistry, free radical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and green chemistry. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers including three in Chem. Rev., three Tetrahedron Reports, and a book “Green techniques for organic and medicinal applications” (Willey 2012). He is currently an editor of Green Processing and Synthesis and associate editor of Molecular Diversity. In addition to the Center for Green Chemistry, Dr. Zhang is also leading the effort on the Green Chemistry Ph.D. program, the first such program in the United States. He is the Board Member of ACS Green Chemistry Institute Curriculum Committee and Green Chemistry Commitment.

Research Interest

Fluorous Chemistry - Free-Radical Chemistry, Asymmetric Organocatalysis, Green Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry