Gengwu Zhang, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Construct novel host molecule and explore their unique properties in recognition, self-assembly and stimulus-responsive system.

Selected Publications

  • Triptycene-based chiral macrocyclic hosts for highly enantioselective recognition of chiral guests containing a tri... 
    Zhang, G.-W.; Li, P.-F.; Meng, Z.; Wang, H.-X.; Han, Y.; Chen, C.-F
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 5304-5308., (2016)
  • Complexation of racemic 2,6-helic[6]arene and its hexamethyl-substituted derivative with quaternary ammonium salts,... 
    Zhang, G.-W.; Li, P.-F.; Wang, H.-X.; Han, Y.; Chen, C.-F
    Chem. -Eur. J., 2017, 23, 3735-3742, (2017)
  • Formation of charge-transfer complexes based on tropylium cation and 2,6-helic[6]arenes: a visible redox stimulus-r... 
    Zhang, G.-W.; Shi, Q.; Chen, C.-F.
    Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 2582-2585., (2017)
  • Synthesis of a water-soluble 2,6-helic[6] arene derivative and its strong binding abilities towards quaternary phos... 
    Zhang, G.-W.; Chen, C.-F.
    Chem. Commun., 53, 10433-10436, (2017)


  • ​Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (ICCAS), 2017.
  • B.S. in chemistry, Zhengzhou University, Henan, China, 2012.

Professional Profile

  • ​2017-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • ​Special Prize of President Scholarship, ICCAS, 2017.
  • National Scholarship for Doctoral Students, Ministry of Education, China, 2016. 
  • Second Award of "Challenge Cup" National College Student Curricular Academic Science and Technology Works Competition, Ministry of Education, Henan, China, 2011.

Research Interests Keywords

​Supramolecular Organic Research