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State Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry

State Key Laboratories, the pivotal components of China's science and technology research system, serve as the base for top-level basic research and applied basic research development, assembling and nurturing outstanding researchers, as well as scholarly exchanges from all the countries in elite institutions and top universities. State Key Laboratories will be also as a national innovation system through coordinated multidisciplinary research in specific strategic research areas with a mission to carry out frontier research to meet the urgent social, scientific and economic needs.

To meet the immense demand for innovation and creativity in Synthetic Chemistry arising with the fast growing society, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the Chinese Government has approved the establishment of State Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry at both the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2010. The State Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry is partner with the State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry of Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The main objectives of the State Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry will be essentially in response to the overriding two issues of Synthetic Chemistry: 1) To create or identify novel chemical entities that are either of fundamental interest with regard to structure and bonding, and/or with unique properties that have useful applications; 2) To devise/develop new methods that should be environmentally friendly for the synthesis of chemical entities of importance to the society. The research of CUHK branch covers interdisciplinary areas integrating Organic Synthesis with Organometallic Chemistry, Asymmetric Catalysis, Drug Discovery, and Material Science.

Contact person:

Henry N. C. Wong (Director)