Date of Birth:

March, 1985


Shanghai Key Laboratory of Chemical Assessment and Sustainability,

School of Chemical Science and Engineering,

Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road,

Chemistry Building, 438C Room

Shanghai 200092, People's Republic of China


Tao XU (徐涛) was born in a small village, Fuyang city, Anhui Province in 1985. In his university entrance examination, he accidentally chose a major related to chemistry---Pharmaceutical Engineering. He received his B. S. at East China University of Science and Technology in 2007. Then, he continued his studies at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS (SIOC), and joined the laboratory of Professor Guosheng Liu. His doctoral research included the discovery of several reactions that focused on intermolecular or intramolecular transition metal-catalyzed hydroamination, fluoroamination of alkenes, alkynes, or allenes. After graduation, he worked in WuXi AppTec Company, Ltd for one year where he had learned the industrial process development. In 2013, he started his postdoctoral research working with Professor Xile Hu at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Therein, he developed two useful addition reactions with iron or copper catalyst. Also, he was able to gain knowledge on bio-mimetic small molecule activation, and successfully obtained a functional model of [Fe]-Hydrogenase. Tao began his independent career at Tongji University in 2017. Recently, his research focus on the developing new methodologies for asymmetric carbon-carbon bond formation and multi-catalyst relay systems for the transformation of  carbon-oxygen double (single) bonds.


July 2017 - present          Professor      Tongji University, China

July 2013 - June 2017      Postdoctor      École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland      Advisor: Prof. Xile Hu

July 2012 - June 2013      Senior Scientist      WuXi AppTec Co., Ltd., China

June 2012     Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry     Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS     Advisor: Prof. Guosheng Liu

June 2007     B.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering      East China University of Science and Technology     Advisor: Prof. Chao Zhuo


2024      Thieme Chemistry Journals Award

2023      Xiaomi Young Scholars Program

2020      ChemComm Emerging Inverstigator

2018      Shanghai Pujiang Talents Program, China

2018      National Thousand Youth Talents Program, China

2017      Tongji University Hundred Talents Program, China


ORCID ID:      0000-0002-4228-4895

Copyright © 2020 Tongji University