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Dr. GU Liuqun

Scientist I




2 Fusionopolis Way. Innovis, #08-03, Singapore 138634

Research Details

  • To develop approaches to polymers grafted lignin and thereon green plastics.

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Homogeneous/heterogeneous catalysis
  • Biomass to chemicals
  • High Value-added Lignin-graft-Polymer for Fabrication of Green Materials

Jan 2014 - To date   Scientist I, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (Singapore)
Oct 2008 - Dec 2013   Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (Singapore)
Apr 2008 - Oct 2008   Research Scientist II, Bioduro Ltd (Beijing)
Oct 2007 - Mar 2008   Postdoctoral Associate, Tokyo University of Science (Japan)


  • Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry), Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China, 2007

  • B.S. (Chemistry), Lanzhou University, China, 2002

15) X.Y. Pan, W. Ren, L. Gu, G. Wang, Y. Liu, 2014, Photoluminescence from Chitosan for Bio-imaging Aust. J. Chem. 67: 1422.

W. R. Cheng, L. Gu, W. Ren, Y. Liu, 2014, Stimuli-responsive Polymers for Anticancer Drugs Delivery, Materials Science and Engineering C, 45: 600

G. Wang, X. Pan, L. Gu, W. Ren, W. Cheng, J. N Kumar and Y. Liu, 2014, Fluorescent carbon dot (C-dot) nanoclusters Nanotechnology 25: 375601

W. R. Cheng, R. Rajendran, W. Ren, L. Gu, Y. Zhang, K. H. Chuang and Y. Liu, 2014, A facile approach to biodegradable polydisulfide MRI contrast agent , J. Mater. Chem. B. 2: 5295

11) L. Gu, T. Lu, X. Li and Y. Zhang, 2014, A highly efficient thiazolylidene catalyzed acetoin formation: reaction, tolerance and catalyst recycling, Chem. Commun. 50: 12308 

10) T. Lu, X. Li, L. Gu and Y. Zhang, 2014, Vitamin B1-Catalyzed Acetoin Formation from Acetaldehyde: A Key Step for Upgrading Bioethanol to Bulk C4 Chemicals, ChemSusChem, 7: 2423
9) L. Gu, J. Lim, J. L. Cheong and S. S. Lee, 2014, MCF-supported Boronic Acids as Efficient Catalysts for Direct Amide Condensation of Carboxylic Acids and Amines, Chem. Commun. 50: 7017

8) M. X. Tan, L. Gu, N. Li, Y. Zhang, J. Y. Ying 2013. Mesoporous Poly-melamine-formaldehyde (mPMF): a Highly Efficient Catalyst for Chemoselective Acetalization of Aldehydes. Green Chemistry 15: 1127

7) L. Gu, T. Lu, M. Zhang, L. Tou, Y. Zhang 2013. Efficient Oxidative Chlorination of Aromatics on Saturated Sodium Chloride Solution Adv. Synth. Catal. 355: 1077

6) T. Lu, L. Gu, Q. Kang, Y. Zhang 2012. Design and synthesis of novel chiral dihydroimidazolium cyclophanes as N-heterocyclic carbine precatalysts" Tetrahedron Lett., 53: 6602

5) L. Gu, B. S. Neo, Y. Zhang 2011. Gold-catalyzed Direct Amination of Arenes Org. Lett. 13: 1872

4) L. Gu,Y. Zhang 2010. Unexpected CO2 Splitting Reactions to Form CO with N-Heterocylclic Carbenes as Organocatalysts and Aromatic Aldehydes as Oxygen Acceptors J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132: 914

3) L. Gu, G. Zhao 2007. 4,4΄-Disubstituted-L-proline Catalyzes the Direct Asymmetric Michael Addition of Aldehydes to Nitrostyrenes Adv. Synth. Catal. 349: 1629

2) L. Gu, Y.-Y. Wu, Y.-Z. Zhang, G. Zhao 2006. A New Class of Efficient Poly(ethylene-glycol)-supported Catalyst Based on Proline for the Asymmetric Michael Addition of Ketones to Nitrostyrenes Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 263: 186

1) L. Gu, M. Yu, X. Wu, Y. Zhang, G. Zhao 2006. 4,4΄-Disubstituted-L-proline as Highly Enantioselective Catalysts for Direct Aldol Reactions Adv. Synth. Catal. 348: 2223




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