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Department of Chemistry


Woo-Jin Yoo

Woo-Jin Yoo
Assistant Professor
Room A716, Chemistry Building
Fax: +886-2-3366-8671
Research Interest

  • Transition Metal Catalysis

  • Asymmetric Synthesis

Career and Service Experiences

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University, 2020

  • Lecturer, The University of Tokyo, 2018

  • Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo, 2011

  • Postdoctoral Researcher with Shū Kobayashi, The University of Tokyo, 2009

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, McGill University, Canada, 2009

  • M.Sc., Chemistry, University of Guelph, Canada, 2005

  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Guelph, Canada, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Scholar Award, Foundation for the Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship, Taiwan, 2020

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers, 2009

  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009 (declined)

  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship D (NSERC CGS D2), 2007

  • NSERC Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2001 and 2002

  • JSPS: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

  • NSERC: Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Research Content
Selected Publications

  1. Yoo, W.–J.*; Kondo, J.; Rodríguez-Santamaría, J. A.; Nguyen, T. V. Q.; Kobayashi, S.* "Efficient Synthesis of a-Trifluoromethyl Carboxylic Acids and Esters through Fluorocarboxylation of gem-Difluoroalkenes" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 6772–6775.

  2. Nguyen, T. V. Q.; Rodríguez-Santamaría, J. A.; Yoo, W.–J.; Kobayashi, S.* "Incorporation of Carbon Dioxide into Phthalides via Ligand-Free Copper-Catalyzed Direct Carboxylation of Benzoxasiloles" Green Chem. 2017, 19, 2501–2505.

  3. Cheng, H.–G.; Miguélez, J.; Miyamura, H.; Yoo, W.–J.; Kobayashi, S.* "Integration of Aerobic Oxidation and Intramolecular Asymmetric aza-Friedel–Crafts Reactions with a Chiral Bifunctional Heterogeneous Catalyst" Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 1356–1359.

  4. Nguyen, T. V. Q.; Yoo, W.–J.; Kobayashi, S.* "Effective Formylation of Amines with Carbon Dioxide and Diphenylsilane Catalyzed by Chelating bis(tzNHC) Rhodium Complexes" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 9209–9212.

  5. Yoo, W.–J.; Tsukamoto, T.; Kobayashi, S.* "Visible-Light-Mediated Chan–Lam Coupling Reactions of Aryl Boronic Acids and Aniline Derivatives" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 6587–6590.

  6. Yoo, W.–J.; Nguyen, T. V. Q.; Kobayashi, S.* "Synthesis of Isocoumarins through Three-Component Couplings of Arynes, Terminal Alkynes, and Carbon Dioxide Catalyzed by an NHC–Copper Complex" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 10213–10217.

  7. Yoo, W.–J.; Kobayashi, S.* "Efficient Visible Light-Mediated Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling Reactions of Tertiary Amines Catalyzed by a Polymer-Immobilized Iridium-Based Photocatalyst" Green Chem. 2014, 16, 2438–2442.

  8. Miyamura, H.; Choo, G. C. Y.; Yasukawa, T.; Yoo, W.–J.; Kobayashi, S.* "A Heterogeneous Layered Bifunctional Catalyst for the Integration of Aerobic Oxidation and Asymmetric C–C Bond Formation" Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 9917–9919.

  9. Yuan, H.; Yoo, W.–J.; Miyamura, H.; Kobayashi, S.* "Discovery of a Metalloenzyme-Like Cooperative Catalytic System of Metal Nanoclusters and Catechol Derivatives for the Aerobic Oxidation of Amines" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 13970–13973.

  10. Yoo, W.–J.; Miyamura, H.; Kobayashi, S.* "Polymer-Incarcerated Gold-Palladium Nanoclusters with Boron on Carbon: A Mild and Efficient Catalyst for the Sequential Aerobic Oxidation-Michael Addition of 1,3-Dicarbonyl Compounds to Allylic Alcohols" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 3095–3103.

Update: 2022-01-27