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Song Lin

Assistant Professor

Olin Chemistry Research Wing, Room 360B

Educational Background

  • Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BS, Peking University



The research in the Lin Lab lies in the broadly defined area of organic chemistry,with specific interests in electrosynthesis, asymmetric catalysis and organic materials.


Organic chemistry, electrocatalysis, asymmetric catalysis, organic materials


  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology


We will use our expertise in organic chemistry and electrochemistry to develop new catalytic methods to address unsolved problems in organic and materials synthesis. Particular emphases will be placed on the rational design of catalysts and the creative use of electrochemistry that will allow for the facile and selective conversion of readily available starting materials, such as sugars, CO2 and abundant natural products, into highly functionalized and value-added products, such as pharmaceuticals and polymers.



Kennedy, C. R.;* Lin, S.;* Jacobsen, E. N. “The cation–π interactions in small-molecule catalysis”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201655, 12596–12624. (* co-first author)

Cao, Z.; Kim, D.; Yu, Y.; Xu, J.; Lin, S.; Wen, X.; Nichols, E. M.; Jeong, K.; Reimer, J. A.; Yang, P.; Chang, C. J. “A molecular surface functionalization approach to tuning nanoparticle electrocatalysts for carbon dioxide reduction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 8120–8125.

Lin, S.;* Diercks, C. S.;* Zhang, Y.-B.;* Kornienko, N.; Nichols, E. M.; Zhao, Y.; Paris, A. R.; Kim, D.; Yang, P.; Yaghi, O. M.; Chang, C. J. “Covalent organic frameworks comprising cobalt porphyrins for catalytic CO2 reduction in water”, Science 2015349, 1208–1213. (* co-first author)

Kornienko, N.; Zhao, Y.; Kley, C.; Zhu, C.; Kim, D.; Lin, S.; Chang, C. J.; Yaghi, O. M.; Yang, P. “Metal-organic frameworks for electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015137, 14129–14135.

Rogers, C.; Chen, C.; Pedramrazi, Z.; Omrani, A. A.; Tsai, H.-Z.; Jung, H. S.; Lin, S.; Crommie, M. F.; Fischer, F. R. “Closing the nanographene gap: surface-assisted synthesis of peripentacene from 6,6’-bipentacene precursors”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201554, 15143–15146.

Zhang, H.; Lin, S.; Jacobsen, E. N. “Enantioselective selenocyclization via dynamic kinetic resolution of seleniranium ions by hydrogen-bond donor catalysts”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014136, 16485–16488.

Lin, S.; Jacobsen, E. N. “Thiourea-catalysed ring opening of episulfonium ions with indole derivatives by means of stabilizing non-covalent interactions”, Nature Chem20124, 817–824.

Knowles, R. R.; Lin, S.; Jacobsen, E. N. “Enantioselective thiourea-catalyzed polycyclizations”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010132, 5030–5032.

Li, Y.-Z.; Li, B.-J.; Lu, X.-Y.; Lin, S.; Shi, Z.-J. “Cross dehydrogenative arylation (CDA) of a benzylic C–H bond with arenes by iron catalysis”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 200948, 3817–3820. 

Lin, S.; Song, C.-X.; Cai, G.-X.; Wang, W.H.; Shi, Z.-J. “Intra/Intermolecular direct allylic alkylation via Pd(II)-catalyzed allylic C–H activation”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008130, 12901–12903.