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HaiPing Xia
Chair Professor
Executive Dean of Shenzhen Grubbs Institute

Haiping Xia obtained his B.S. in Chemistry in 1983, M.S. in Polymer Science in 1986, and Ph.D. in 2002 from Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University. He was a visiting scholar in Hongkong University of Science and Technology from 1995 to 1997. He started to work at  Southern University of Science and Technology in 2018 as Chair Professor. And acting as Executive Dean of Grabbs Research Institute in Shenzhen

Haiping Xia has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles as correspondence author, and these publications have been highlighted by science media such as “Science”, “Science Shot”, “Science Daily”, “Nature Chemistry”, “Nature China”, ACS “C&E News”, ACS “Heart Cut”, ACS “Noteworthy Chemistry”, RSC “Chemistry World”, “World of Chemicals” for more than 30 times.

Professor Haiping Xia is currently a “MinJiang Distinguished Professor”. His achievements in the field of Materials Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry earned him many awards, such as the “Young Chemist Award of Chinese Chemical Society at the 60th anniversary of the founding of Chinese Chemical Society”, the 7th Fujian “Youth Science and Technology Award”. He was awarded the prestigious “New Century Excellent Talents in University” Program by the Ministry of Education in 2004, and received the National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar of China in 2009. He has developed a revolutionary novel aromatic system (Carbolong Complexes), which was published in Nature Chemistry and Nature Communications and elected as one of the “ten major scientific and technological progress of China's colleges and Universities” in 2013.


1.         Zhu, C.; Li, S.; Luo, M.; Zhou, X.; Niu, Y.; Lin, M.; Zhu, J.; Cao, Z.; Lu, X.; Wen, T.; Xie, Z.; Schleyer, P. v. R.; Xia, H. Stabilization of anti-aromatic and strained five-membered rings with a transition metal. Nature Chemistry 2013, 5, 698-703.

2.         Zhu, C.; Xia, H.* Carbolong Chemistry: A Story of Carbon Chain Ligands and Transition Metals. Accounts of Chemical Research 2018, 51, 1691-1700.

3.         Cao, X.-Y.; Zhao, Q.; Lin, Z.; Xia, H. The Chemistry of Aromatic Osmacycles. Accounts of Chemical Research 2014, 47, 341-354.

4.         Zhuo, Q.; Lin, J.; Hua, Y.; Zhou, X.; Shao, Y.; Chen, S.; Chen, Z.; Zhu, J.; Zhang, H.; Xia, H.* Multiyne Chains Chelating Osmium via Three Metalcarbon σ Bonds. Nature Communications 2017, 8, 1912.

5.         Zhu, C.; Luo, M.; Zhu, Q.; Zhu, J.; Schleyer, P. v. R.; Wu, J. I. C.; Lu, X.; Xia, H. Planar Möbius aromatic pentalenes incorporating 16 and 18 valence electron osmiums. Nature Communications 2014, 5, 3265.

6.         Zhuo, Q.; Zhang, H.; Hua, Y.; Kang, H.; Zhou, X.; Lin, X.; Chen, Z.; Lin, J.; Zhuo, K.; Xia, H.* Constraint of a Ruthenium-Carbon Triple Bond to a Five-Membered Ring. Science Advances 2018, 4 (6), eaat0336.(Zhuo and Zhang contributed equally to this work.)

7.         Zhu, C.; Yang, C.; Wang, Y.; Lin, G.; Yang, Y.; Wang, X.; Zhu, J.; Chen, X.; Lu, X.; Liu, G.; Xia, H. CCCCC pentadentate chelates with planar Möbius aromaticity and unique properties. Science Advances 2016, 2, e1601031.

8.         Xu, H.; Xu, Y.; Pang, X.; He, Y.; Jung, J.; Xia, H.; Lin, Z. A general route to nanocrystal kebabs periodically assembled on stretched flexible polymer shish. Science Advances 2015, 1, e1500025.

9.         Zhu, C.; Zhu, J.; Zhou, X.; Zhu, Q.; Yang, Y.; Wen, T. B.; Xia, H.* Isolation of an Eleven - Atom Polydentate Carbon - Chain Chelate Obtained by Cycloaddition of a Cyclic Osmium Carbyne with an Alkyne. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 3154-3157. (VIP Paper)

10.     Li, R.; Lu, Z.; Cai, Y.; Jiang, F.; Tang, C.; Chen, Z.; Zheng, J.; Pi, J.; Zhang, R.; Liu, J.; Chen, Z.; Yang, Y.; Shi, J.; Hong, W.;* Xia, H.* Switching of Charge Transport Pathways via Delocalization Changes in Single-Molecule Metallacycles Junctions. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 14344-14347. (Inside Cover Paper) (Li and Lu contributed equally to this work.)

11.     Tang, C.; Chen, L.; Zhang, L.; Chen, Z.; Li, G.; Yan, Z.; Lin, L.; Liu, J.; Huang, L.; Ye, Y.; Hua, Y.; Shi, J.; Xia, H.; Hong, W. Multicenter-Bond-Based Quantum Interference in Charge Transport Through Single-Molecule Carborane Junctions. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201904521

12.     Zhu, C.; Wu, J.; Li, S.; Yang, Y.; Zhu, J.; Lu, X.; Xia, H.* Synthesis and Characterization of a Metallacyclic Framework with Three Fused Five-Membered Rings. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 9067-9071.

13.     Luo, M.; Long, L.; Zhang, H.;* Yang, Y.; Hua, Y.; Liu, G.; Lin, Z.;* Xia, H.* Reactions of Isocyanides with Metal Carbyne Complexes: Isolation and Characterization of Metallacyclopropenimine Intermediates. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 1822-1825.

14.     Zhu, C.; Zhou, X.; Xing, H.; An, K.; Zhu, J.; Xia, H. σ-Aromaticity in an Unsaturated Ring: Osmapentalene Derivatives Containing a Metallacyclopropene Unit. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 3102-3106.

15.     Zhu, C.; Yang, Y.; Wu, J.; Luo, M.; Fan, J.; Zhu, J.; Xia, H. Five-Membered Cyclic Metal Carbyne: Synthesis of Osmapentalynes by the Reactions of Osmapentalene with Allene, Alkyne, and Alkene. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 7189-7192.

16.     Zhu, C.; Yang, Y.; Luo, M.; Yang, C.; Wu, J.; Chen, L.; Liu, G.; Wen, T.; Zhu, J.; Xia, H.Stabilizing Two Classical Antiaromatic Frameworks: Demonstration of Photoacoustic Imaging and the Photothermal Effect in Metalla-aromatics. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 6181-6185.

17.     Xu, H.; Pang, X.; He, Y.; He, M.; Jung, J.; Xia, H.; Lin, Z. An Unconventional Route to Monodisperse and Intimately Contacted Semiconducting Organic–Inorganic Nanocomposites. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 4636-4640.

18.     Zhu, C.; Zhu, Q.; Fan, J.; Zhu, J.; He, X.; Cao, X.-Y.; Xia, H. A Metal-Bridged Tricyclic Aromatic System: Synthesis of Osmium Polycyclic Aromatic Complexes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2014, 53, 6232-6236.

19.     Wang, T.; Zhu, J.; Han, F.; Zhou, C.; Chen, H.; Zhang, H.; Xia, H. Synthesis of Five-Membered Osmacycloallenes and Conversion into Six-Membered Osmacycloallenes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 13361-13364.

20.     Wang, T.; Zhang, H.; Han, F.; Long, L.; Lin, Z.; Xia, H. Key Intermediates of Iodine-Mediated Electrophilic Cyclization: Isolation and Characterization in an Osmabenzene System. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 9251-9255.

21.     Niu, Y.; Han, F.; Zhang, Q.; Xie, T.; Lu, L.; Li, S.; Xia, H. Off/On Fluorescent Chemosensors for Organotin Halides Based on Binuclear Ruthenium Complexes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 5599-5603.

22.     Wang, T.; Zhang, H.; Han, F.; Lin, R.; Lin, Z.; Xia, H. Synthesis and Characterization of a Metallapyridyne Complex. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2012, 51, 9838-9841.

23.     Zhao, Q.; Gong, L.; Xu, C.; Zhu, J.; He, X.; Xia, H. Stable Iso-osmabenzenes from a Formal [3+3] Cycloaddition Reaction of Metal Vinylidene with Alkynols. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011, 50, 1354-1358.

24.     Wang, T.; Li, S.; Zhang, H.; Lin, R.; Han, F.; Lin, Y.; Wen, T. B.; Xia, H. Annulation of Metallabenzenes: From Osmabenzene to Osmabenzothiazole to Osmabenzoxazole. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2009, 48, 6453-6456.

25.     Liu, B.; Xie, H.; Wang, H.; Wu, L.; Zhao, Q.; Chen, J.; Wen, T. B.; Cao, Z.; Xia, H. Selective Synthesis of Osmanaphthalene and Osmanaphthalyne by Intramolecular C–H Activation. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2009, 48, 5461-5464.

26.     Liu, B.; Wang, H.; Xie, H.; Zeng, B.; Chen, J.; Tao, J.; Wen, T. B.; Cao, Z.; Xia, H. Osmapyridine and Osmapyridinium from a Formal [4+2] Cycloaddition Reaction. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2009, 48, 5430-5434.

27.     Zhang, H.; Xia, H.; He, G.; Wen, T. B.; Gong, L.; Jia, G. Synthesis and Characterization of Stable Ruthenabenzenes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2006, 45, 2920-2923.

28.     Xia, H.; He, G.; Zhang, H.; Wen, T. B.; Sung, H. H. Y.; Williams, I. D.; Jia, G. Osmabenzenes from the Reactions of HC≡CCH(OH)C≡CH with OsX2(PPh3)3 (X = Cl, Br). Journal of the American Chemical Society 2004, 126, 6862-6863.