Faculty Profile, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan

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Shau-Hua Ueng, Ph.D.

Assistant Investigator
Institute of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Research


Ph.D., Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2004
B.S., Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1997


Assistant Investigator, Division of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Research, National Health research Institutes, Miaoli, Taiwan (2009-present)
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA (2009-2009)
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry , University Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI, Paris, France (2007-2008)
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (2005-2007)
Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute of Chemistry and Genomic Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (2004-2005)
Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (1997-1999)


1.The design and discovery of novel organocatalysts for organic synthesis.
2.The utilization of N-heterocyclic carbenes in transition metal catalyzed reactions.
3.The application of free radical chemistry in organic synthesis.
4.The anti-cancer drug discovery.


1. The study of the 1,3-stannyl shift in the intramolecular free radical cyclization.
2. The discovery of the immobilization methods for small molecular, peptides, proteins, and carbohydrates on the glass surface biochips and magnetic nanoparticles using the azide-alkyne Huisgen cycloaddition reaction.
3. The synthesis of the molecular [c2]daisy chain and [2]rotaxanes using the threading-followed-by-swelling approach.
4. The synthesis of various N-heterocyclic carbene borane complexes as novel reagents in the free radical reductions, ionic reductions, and Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reactions.


The excellent teaching assistant of the general chemistry experiment course, NTU, Taiwan, 2000


1.Lo, L.-C.; Hsiao, K.-F.; Ueng, S.-H.; Wu, S.-H.. Lipase-Catalyzed Acetylation of NAcetylneuraminic Acid Derivative. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. . 9:709-712, 1999.
2.Chen, H.-Y.; Patkar, L. N.; Ueng, S.-H.; Lin, C.-C.; Lee, A. S.-Y.. Synthesis of b-Amino Esters by Regioselective Amination of Allyl Bromides with Aryl and Alkyl Amines. Synlett. 13:2035-2038, 2005.
3.Cheng, P.-N.; Huang, P.-Y.; Li, W.-S.; Ueng, S.-H.; Hung, W.-C.; Liu, Y.-H.; Lai, C.-C.; Peng, S.-M.; Chao, Ito; Chiu, S.-H.. Is [N+-H⋯O] Hydrogen Bonding the Most Important Noncovalent Interaction in Macrocycle-Dibenzylammonium Ion Complexes?. J. Org. Chem.. 71:2373-2383, 2006.
4.Lin, P.-C.; Ueng, S.-H.; Tseng, M.-C.; Ko, J.-L.; Huang, K.-T.; Yu, S.-C.; Adak, A. K.; Chen, Y.-J.; Lin, C.-C.. Site-Specific Protein Modification through CuI-Catalyzed 1,2,3-Triazole Formation and Its Implementation in Protein Microarray Fabrication. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. . 45:4286-4290, 2006.
5.Ueng, S.-H.; Chen, M.-J.; Chu, S.-F.; Shao, Y.-F.; Fan, G.-T.; Chang, S.-Y.; Tsai, Y.-M.. The Scope and Limitations of 1,3-Stannyl Shift-Promoted Intramolecular Cyclizations of a-Stannyl Radicals with a Formyl Group. J. Org. Chem. . 71:1502-1512, 2006.
6.Lin, P. -C.;Ueng, S.-H.;Yu, S.-C.; Jan, M.-D.; Adak, A. K.; Yu, C.-C.; Lin, C.-C.. Surface Modification of Magnetic Nanoparticle via Cu(?)-catalyzed Alkyne-azide [2+3] Cycloaddition. Org. Lett.. 9:2131-2134, 2007.
7.Ueng, S.-H.; Hsueh, S.-Y.; Lai, C.-C.; Liu, Y.-H.; Peng, S.-M.; Chiu, S.-H. “Capturing a [c2]Daisy Chain Using the Threading-Followed-by-Swelling Approach. Capturing a [c2]Daisy Chain Using the Threading-Followed-by-Swelling Approach. Chem. Commun.. :817-819, 2008.
8.Ueng, S.-H.; Brahmi, M. M.; Derat, E?.; Fensterbank, L.; Laco?te, E.; Malacria, M.; Curran, D. P. . Complexes of Borane and N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: A New Class of Radical Hydrogen Atom Donor. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 130:10082-10083, 2008.
9.Lin, P.-C.; Adak, A. K.; Ueng, S.-H.; Huang, L.-D.; Huang, K.-T.; Ho, J. A.; Lin, C.-C. .DAST-Mediated Regioselective Anomeric Group Migration in Saccharides. J. Org. Chem.. 74:4041-4048, 2009.
10.Chu, Q.; Brahmi, M. M.; Solovyev, A.; Ueng, S.-H.; Curran, D. P.; Malacria, M.; Fensterbank, L.; Lac?te, E.. Ionic and Organometallic Reductions with N-Heterocyclic Carbene Boranes. Chem. Eur. J.. 15:12937-12940, 2009.
11.Ueng, S.-H.; Solovyev, A.; Yuan, X.; Geib, S. J.; Fensterbank, L.; Lac?te, E.; Malacria, M.; Newcomb, M.; Walton, J. C.; Curran, D. P.. N-Heterocyclic carbene boryl radicals: A new class of boron-centered radical. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 131:11256-11262, 2009.
12.Monot, J.; Brahmi, M. M.; Ueng, S.-H.; Robert, C.; Murr, D.-E. M.; Curran, D. P.; Malacria, M.; Fensterbank, L.; Lac?te, E.. Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling of NHC-Boranes: a New Addition to the C–C Coupling Toolbox. Org. Lett.. 11:4914-4917, 2009.
13.Walton, J. C.; Brahmi, M. M.; Fensterbank, L.; Lacote, E.; Malacria, M.; Chu, Q.; Ueng, S.-H.; Solovyev, A.; Curran, D. P.. EPR Studies of the Generation, Structure and Reactivity of NHCboryl Radicals. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 131:ASAP-, 2010.