Prof. Dr. Wen Dai

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

457 Zhongshan Road, Dalian 116023, China

Tel: 86-411-84762355

Fax: 86-411-84762355


Research Areas

Organoboron chemistry, Radical chemistry, Selective Oxidation


Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS

Supervisor: Prof. Shuang Gao

September 2011 to July 2015

M.S. Medicine Chemistry, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University

Supervisor: Prof. Guoliang Chen

September 2008 to July 2011


Professor and PI, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS

Jan. 2021 to now

Associate Professor and PI, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS

Jan. 2020 to Jan. 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh

Supervisor: Prof. Dennis P. Curran

Oct. 2016 to Oct. 2019

Postdoctoral Scholar, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS

Supervisor: Prof. Guangwen Chen and Prof. Shuang Gao.

Jan. 2015 to Sep. 2016


1. Dai, W.; Geib, S. J.; Curran, D. P.*, 1,4-Hydroboration Reactions of Electron-Poor Aromatic Rings by N-Heterocyclic Carbene Boranes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 6261.

2. Dai, W.; Geib, S. J.; Curran, D. P.*, Ring-Opening Reactions of NHC-Boriranes with In Situ Generated HCl: Synthesis of a New Class of NHC-Boralactones,J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 3623.

3. Dai, W.; Geib, S. J.; Curran, D. P.*, Facile Synthesis of α-N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Boryl Ketones from N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Boranes and Alkenyl Triflates, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 12355.

4. Dai, W.; McFadden, T. R.; Curran, D. P.*, 5-EndoCyclizations of NHC-Boraallyl Radicals Bearing Ester Substituents: Characterization of Derived 1,2-Oxaborole Radicals and Boralactones, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 15868.

5. Dai, W.; Curran, D . P.*; Walton, J. C.*, EPR and Preparative Studies of 5-endo Cyclizations of Radicals Derived from Alkenyl NHC-Boranes Bearing tert-Butyl Ester Substituents, J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 2102.

6. Dai, W.; Geib, S . J.; Curran, D . P.*, Reactions of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Boranes with 5-Diazo-2,2-dimethyl-1,3

-dioxane-4,6-dione:Synthesis of Mono- and Bis-hydrazonyl NHC-Boranes, J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 8775.

7. Dai, W.*; Shang, S.; Lv, Y.; Li, G.; Li, C.*; Gao, S.*,Highly Chemoselective and Enantioselective Catalytic Oxidation of Heteroaromatic Sulfides via High-Valent Manganese(IV)-Oxo Cation Radical Oxidizing Intermediates, ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 4890.

8. Dai, W.; Mi, Y.; Lv, Y.; Chen, B.; Li, G.; Chen,G*; Gao,S*, Development of a Continuous-Flow Microreactor for Asymmetric Sulfoxidation Using a Biomimetic Manganese Catalyst, Adv Synth Catal. 2016, 358, 667.

9. Dai, W.; Lv, Y.; Wang, L.; Shang, S.; Chen, B.; Li, G.; Gao, S.*, Highly Efficient Oxidation of Alcohols Catalyzed by a Porphyrin-inspired Manganese Complex, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 11268.

10. Dai, W.; Li, G.; Chen, B.; Wang, L.; Gao, S.*, A Porphyrin-Inspired Iron Catalyst for Asymmetric Epoxidation of Electron-deficient Olefins, Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 904.

11. Dai, W.; Shang, S.; Chen, B.; Li, G; Wang, L.; Ren, L; Gao, S*, Asymmetric Epoxidation of Olefins with Hydrogen Peroxide by an In Situ Formed Manganese complex, J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 6688.

12. Dai, W.; Li, J.; Li, G.; Yang, H.; Wang, L.; Gao, S.*,Asymmetric Epoxidation of Alkenes Catalyzed by Porphyrin-inspired Manganese Complex, Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 4138.

13. Dai, W.; Li, J.; Chen, B.; Li, G.; Lv, Y.; Wang, L.; Gao, S.*, Asymmetric Oxidation Catalysis by a Porphyrin-Inspired Manganese Complex: Highly Enantioselective Sulfoxidation with a Wide Substrate Scope, Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 5658.

14. Dai, W.; Wang, L.; Lv, Y.; Gao, S.*,Metal-Free Catalysis of Nitrogen-doped Nanocarbons for the Ammoxidation of Alcohols to Nitriles, Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 1048.

15. Shang, S.; Wang, L.;Dai, W.; Chen, B.; Lv, Y.; Gao, S.*, High Catalytic Activity of Mesoporous Co-N/C Catalysts for Aerobic Oxidative Synthesis of Nitriles, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016, 6, 5746.

16. Chen, B.; Wang, L.; Dai, W.; Shang, S.; Lv, Y.; Gao, S.*, Metal-Free and Solvent-Free Oxidative Coupling of Amines to Imines with Mesoporous Carbon from Macrocyclic Compounds, ACS Catal., 2015, 5, 2788.