Gengwu Zhang, PhD

Research scientists


Selected Publications

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


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

Professional Profile

  • ​2017.12 – Present​: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2017.07 - 2017.11: Research scientist, ICCAS, Beijing, China.


  • Special Prize of President Scholarship, ICCAS, 2017.
  • National Scholarship for Doctoral Students, Ministry of Education, China, 2016
  • Excellent Student, UCAS
  • Outstanding Graduate of Zhengzhou University, 2012​

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Supramolecular Organic Research