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Ding Kuiling

Ding Kuiling

SJTU Executive President, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Committee of SJTU



DING Kuiling, Executive Vice President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is a member of the Communist Party of China and was born in March 1966 in Yongcheng, Henan Province. He was appointed Executive Vice President of SJTU and a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Committee of SJTU in October 2018. Prof. Ding is also a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.


Ding graduated from the Department of Chemistry, Zhengzhou University in 1985 and received his PhD in chemistry from Nanjing University in 1990. From 1990 to 1998, he was a faculty member at the Department of Chemistry, Zhengzhou University where he was promoted to full professor in 1995. During 1993-1994, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Ryukoku University in Japan. In the period from 1997 to 1998, he was a UNESCO research fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. He moved to Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS, as a research professor and project leader by joining the CAS Hundred-Talent Program in December 1998. He received the National Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2002. He has been chief scientist of the "973" Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and key program of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), co-chair scientist of a CAS Strategic Priority Research Program (Category B) entitled Structure & Function Oriented Creation of New Substances, and the head of CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Synthesis. He was the deputy director and then director of Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS, as well as Vice President of ShanghaiTech University and dean of the College (Shuyuan). Ding has also been vice president of Shanghai Society of Chemistry and Chemical Industry and the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS), and vice president of the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology.


Ding's major research area includes asymmetric catalysis and green chemistry based on organometallics. He proposed and successfully practiced the combinatorial approach for chiral catalyst discovery and self-supporting strategy for chiral catalyst immobilization, respectively. He also developed several chiral phosphine ligands including DpenPhos, SpinPhox and SKP, some of which have been commercialized by chemical companies and widely used by academic peers. The new processes he developed for catalytic asymmetric synthesis of chiral drug intermediates and transformation of CO2 to DMF have been implemented by industries. He serves the board or advisory board of more than ten international journals in chemistry including Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and Acc. Chem. Res.. He is also associate editor of Acta Chimica Sinica and Org. Lett., editor-in-chief of Chinese J. Org. Chem., co-chairman of Chem. Eur. J., and a member of the advisory board of IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (OMCOS) and International Conference on Organometallics and Catalysis (OM&Cat). He received National Natural Science Award (second prize) of China, Shanghai Natural Science Award (first prize), Shanghai Natural Science Peony Award, Shanghai Scientific Elite, Eli Lilly Scientific Excellence Award in Chemistry, CCS Huang Yaozeng Organometallic Chemistry Award, CCS Chiral Chemistry Award, Yoshida Prize of International Organic Chemistry Foundation (IOCF) in Japan, Humboldt Research Award, as well as the honors of Excellent Leader of Research Institution in Shanghai, Outstanding Communist Party Member in Shanghai, National Excellent Scientist, and so on.