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Dr So Chau Ming
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Dr So Chau-ming

Associate Professor

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Research Overview

My research focuses on the innovation of cutting-edge catalysis reaction and its usage as a core technology to enrich organic chemistry to address the problems in pharmaceutical synthesis and to advance industrial and material science.

Research Interests

  • New Ligand Syntheses
  • Site- and Chemo-selective Catalysis
  • Asymmetric Catalysis
  • Pharmaceuticals and Functional Materials Synthesis
  • Organic Chemistry


  • 2019-2020 Early Career Award – Awarded by University Grants Committee
  • 2014 Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award – Awarded by the Ministry of Education of China (Second Class Award in Natural Science)
  • 2010 Young Scientist Award – Awarded by Hong Kong Institution of Science
  • 2010 Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award (First Place Award)
  • 2005-2006 Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Asia Limited Prize
  • 苏秋铭,原安莹,吴珊珊,陈梓聪 一种2-烷基-吲哚骨架的膦配体及其制备方法和应用” CN113402553A.
  • Kwong, F. Y.; So, C. M. Ligands for Transition-Metals and Methods of Use. US Patent 8212056-B2.
  • 邝福儿,周永健,苏秋铭,蔡佩盈 高位阻芳基硼酸酯类化合物的制备方法” CN104327106B.
  • 邝福儿,蔡佩盈,苏秋铭,原安莹 “( 2﹣二取代膦苯基)-1-烷基-吲哚膦配体及其合成方法和应用” CN104945434B.
  • 邝福儿,苏秋铭,周永健,原安莹 一种吲哚骨架的膦配体及其制备方法和应用” CN107445989B.
  • 邝福儿,傅伟聪,杜尚俊,苏秋铭,蔡珮盈 咔唑基磷配体、及其制备方法和应用” CN106588983B.
  1. So, C. M.*; Yuen, O. Y.; Ng, S. S.; Chen, Z. General Chemoselective Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling of Polyhalogenated Aryl Triflates Enabled by an Alkyl-Heteroaryl-Based Phosphine Ligand. ACS Catalysis 2021, 11, 7820-7827.
  2. Yuen, O. Y.; So, C. M.* Ligand Control of Palladium‐Catalyzed Site‐Selective α‐ and γ‐Arylation of α,β‐Unsaturated Ketones with (Hetero)aryl Halides. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59, 23438-23444. (chosen as Hot Paper)
  3. Chen, Z.; So, C. M.* Pd-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Highly Sterically Congested Enol Carbamates with Grignard Reagents via C–O Bond Activation. Organic Letters 2020, 22, 3879-3883.
  4. Yuen, O. Y.; Chen, X.; Wu, J; So, C. M.* Palladium‐Catalyzed Direct α‐Arylation of Arylacetonitriles with Aryl Tosylates and Mesylates. European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2020, 1912-1916.
  5. Lee, H. W.; So, C. M.*; Yuen, O. Y.; Wong, W. T.*; Kwong, F. Y.* Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of (Hetero)Aryl or Alkenyl Sulfonates with Aryl Titanium as the Multi-Functional Reagent. Organic Chemistry Frontiers 20207, 926-932.
  6. Chen, Z.; Chen, X.; So, C. M.* Palladium-Catalyzed C(sp2)–N Bond Cross-Coupling with Triaryl Phosphates. The Journal of Organic Chemistry 201984, 6366-6376.
  7. Chen, X.; Chen, Z.; So, C. M.* Exploration of Aryl Phosphates in Palladium-Catalyzed Mono-α-arylation of Aryl and Heteroaryl Ketones. The Journal of Organic Chemistry 201984, 6337-6346.
  8. Yuen, O. Y.; So, C. M.*; Man, H. W.; Kwong, F. Y. A General Palladium-Catalyzed Hiyama Cross-Coupling Reaction of Aryl and Heteroaryl Chlorides. Chemistry – A European Journal 201622, 6471-6476. (chosen as Hot Paper & Inside Back Cover & Highlighted in the Chemistry Views)
  9. Fu, W. C.; So, C. M.*; Chow, W. K.; Yuen, O. Y.; Kwong, F. Y. Design of an Indolylphosphine Ligand for Reductive Elimination-Demanding Monoarylation of Acetone Using Aryl Chlorides. Organic Letters 201517, 4612-4615.
  10. So, C. M.; Satoshi, K.; Hayashi, T.* Rhodium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydroarylation of 3-Pyrrolines Giving 3-Arylpyrrolidines: Protonation as a Key Step. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013135, 10990-10993.
  1. Wong, S. M.; So, C. M.*; Kwong, F. Y. Ligand-Enabled Palladium-Catalyzed C-N and C-O Bond Formations from Aryl Halides, Tosylates and Mesylates. In Applied Homogeneous Catalysis with Organometallic Compounds; Cornils, B., Herrmann, W. A., Beller, M., Paciello, R., Eds.; Wiley-VCH: Weinheim ,2017; pp 435-464.

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