Department of Chemistry and the College
Guangbin Dong’s research focuses on developing novel catalytic C-H and C-C bond activation methods for efficient small-molecule agents synthesis; developing new transition-metal catalysts based on supramolecular chemistry for chemoselective C-H bond activation of small molecules; establishing efficient synthetic routes to access natural products with high potent anticancer activity and their unnatural analogues; evaluating in vitro and in vivo efficacy of rationally designed natural product analogues and understanding the origins of the selectivity in the cell-killing process; and developing new methods for preparation of novel atomically precise graphene nanoribbon materials from a bottom-up approach.
Dong is a grant referee for National Science Foundation proposals and for the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund. He was also named a Searle Scholar and a Sloan Research Fellow, and has received numerous honors ranging from the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Amgen Young Investigator’s Award, and, most recently, the Eli Lilly Grantee Award.
Dong received a BS in chemistry from Peking University and a PhD in chemistry from Stanford University. Previously, he was a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, after which he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and was named a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Scholar in Cancer Research.