Dr. Yuzhong Wang

Dr. Wang received his B.S. (1993) and M.S. (1996) in Chemistry from Zhengzhou University, China. He came to the United States in 1999 and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Kentucky in 2003 under the supervision of Dr. David A. Atwood. He then took a position as a postdoctoral fellow in the Robinson Laboratory at the University of Georgia from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Wang was promoted to an Associate Research Scientist at UGA in 2006, and again to a Senior Research Scientist in 2012, a position that he has since maintained. Dr. Wang’s research interests concern the synthesis and structure of main group compounds with unusual bonding motifs. He has pioneered the concept of "carbene-stabilization" in this laboratory. His representative works include carbene-stabilization of neutral diborene (H-B=B-H) (JACS 129, 12412), disilicon (Si2) (Science 2008, 321, 1069), diphosphorus (P2) (JACS 2007, 130, 14970), simple silicon oxides (Nature Chem. 2015, 7, 509) and silicon-carbon mixed oxide (JACS 2015, 137, 8396) and synthesis of the first anionic N-heterocyclic dicarbene (JACS 2010, 132, 14370). He was named 2016 Chemist of the Year for Research by Northeast Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Gregory H. Robinson presents Dr. Yuzhong Wang with the 2016 Northeast Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society Chemist of the Year for Research.