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  •    Distinguished Professor
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Ph.D. 1996, Harvard University
  • WEBPAGE : http://sbchang.kaist.ac.kr/
  • E-MAIL : sbchang@kaist.ac.kr
  • Tel/Office : 042-350-2841 (Office), 2881 (Lab) / 3101(E6-4) (Room)

Contact information

Tel: (office) +82-42-350-2841, (lab) +82-42-350-2881
Location: (office) Room 3101 (Bldg. E6-4), (lab) Room 3110, 3114, 3116 (Bldg. E6-4)
Fax: +82-42-350-2810
E-mail: sbchang@kaist.ac.kr
Website: http://sbchang.kaist.ac.kr


B.S. Chemistry : Korea University, 1985
M.S. Organic Chemistry : KAIST, 1987 (Advisor : Prof. Sunggak Kim )
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry : Harvard University, 1996 ( Advisor : Prof. Eric. N. Jacobsen )
Postdoc. : California Institute of Technology (1996-1998) ( Advisor : Prof. Rober H. Grubbs )


Assistant Professor, Dept. Chemistry, EwhaWomen University (1998-2002)
Associate Professor, Dept. Chemistry, KAIST (2002-2008)
Professor, Dept. Chemistry, KAIST (2008-present)


* 2010, ȭȸ м (Academic Award of the Korean Chemical Society)
* 10/2002, Young Scientist Award by Korean Chemical Society (KCS)
- John Wiley & Sons (Sponsored by WILEY Publication Company)
* 01/2003, Thieme Journals Award 2003 (Synlett/Synthesis Professorship Award 2003 in Asian Area)
* 04/2005, Sim, Sangcheol Award by Korean Chemical Society(KCS) - Oraganic Chemistry
* 2006, Outstanding Research Award Top 50 by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation(KOSEF)
* 2008, Star Faculty Support Program by Korea Research Foundation(KRF)
* 2009, Editorial Advisory Board of Applied Organometallic Chemistry (WILEY Interscience)


Brief Introduction

Our group have ranged in the developemnt of new useful synthetic methodologies based on organotransition metal chemistry, synthesis of biologically important products, organic catalysis, chirality amplification and molecular mechanics based on molecular assembly.  Research goals include catalytic C-H bond activation for the C-C bond formation, development of useful catalytic organic transformations for organic synthesis, highly efficient asymmetric induction based on organic chiral catalysts, elucidation of origin of chirality amplification, magnetic impact on chirality, and development of organic molecular mechanics based on molecular assembly, crystal engineering, and metallodendrimers.

Research topics

Organometallic Catalysis
C-H Bond Activation and its Synthetic Application
Synthesis of Bio-Active Compounds

Representative publications

1. Rhodium-Catalyzed Intermolecular Amidation of Arenes with Sulfonyl Azides via Chelation-Assisted C-H bond Activation" , Ji Young Kim, Sae Hume Park, Jaeyune Ryu, Seung Hwan Cho, Seok Hwan Kim, and Sukbok Chang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 9110-9113. (: Equally contributed)
2. Rhodium-Catalyzed Direct C-H Amination of Benzamides with Aryl Azides: A Novel Synthetic Route to Diarylamines",
Jaeyune Ryu, Kwangmin Shin, Sae Hume Park, Ji Young Kim, and Sukbok Chang, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 9904-9908.
3. Recent Advances in the Synthesis of Aromatic Nitriles Using Non-metallic Cyanation Sources",
Jinho Kim, Hyun Jin Kim, and Sukbok Chang, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 11948-11959.
4. Rollover Cyclometalation Pathway in Rhodium Catalyst: Dramatic NHC Effects in the C-H Bond Functionalization",
Jaesung Kwak, Youhwa Ohk, Yousung Jung, and Sukbok Chang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 17778-17788.
5. A Versatile Rh(I) Catalyst System Enabling the Addition of Heteroarenes to both Alkenes and Alkynes via C-H Bond Activation Pathway,Jaeyune Ryu, Seung Hwan Cho, and Sukbok Chang, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 3677-3681.
6. Copper–Mediated Sequential Cyanation of Aryl C-B and Arene C-H Bonds Using Ammonium Iodide and DMF, Jinho Kim, Jiho Choi, Kwangmin Shin, and Sukbok Chang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 2528-2531.
7. Intermolecular Oxidative C-N Bond Formation under Metal-Free Conditions: Control of Chemoselectivity between Aryl sp2 and Benzylic sp3 C-H Bond Imidation, Hyun Jin Kim, Jiyu Kim, Seung Hwan Cho, Sukbok Chang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 16382-16385.
8. Recent Advances in the Transition Metal Catalyzed Twofold Oxidative C–H Bond Activation Strategy for C–C and C–N Bond Formation, Seung Hwan Cho, Ji Young Kim, Jaesung Kwak, and Sukbok Chang, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2011, 40, 5068-5083.
9. Rh(NHC)-Catalyzed Direct and Selective Arylation of Quinolines at the 8-Position, Jaesung Kwak, Min Kim, and Sukbok Chang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 3780-3783.
10. Cobalt - and Manganese- Catalyzed Direct Amination of Azoles under Mild ReactionConditions and its Mechanistic Details ", Ji Young Kim, Seung Hwan Cho, Jomy Joseph and Sukbok Chang, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 9899-9903.