Wang Group

Organometallic and Luminescent Materials Chemistry

The Wang Group is an active and international research team comprised of about a dozen students and led by Professor Suning Wang in the Department of Chemistry at Queen's University.  

The group has broad research interests throughout inorganic/organometallic chemistry, with particular emphasis on the discovery of novel organoboron and transition metal systems for applications in advanced materials. As such, the Wang Group is involved in several multidisciplinary collaborations around the globe with mutual international exchange opportunities available for both students and visiting scholars (Prof. Holger Braunschweig, Prof. Shigehiro Yamaguchi, Prof. Matthias Wagner, Prof.  Zheng-Hong Lu, etc).  

Professor Suning Wang is currently recruiting students interested in undertaking graduate studies at Queen's University. If you are a highly motivated individual keen on pursuing application driven organic/inorganic synthesis, please contact Prof. Dr. Suning Wang ( for additional information.

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News from the Wang Group

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Dr. Wang FCSC

Congratulations to Dr. Suning Wang for winning the Queen's University 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision, and Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Mentorship Award (top 3)

May., 2018

This award recognizes Dr.Wang's achievements as a researcher and mentor of graduate students. The nomination was prepared by present and former students who shared compelling anecdotes about the outstanding education they received while working in Dr. Wang's group.


Congratulations to Cally!!

April, 2018

 Cally is the recipient of a DAAD Graduate Scholarship for her upcoming year in Stuttgart! This prestigious award is offered to outstanding graduate students who will be finishing part of their degree in Germany. Well-done Cally!

Soren 2018 April

Congratulations to Soren!

April, 2018

Soren's recent paper on "Photochemical Generation of Chiral N,B,X-Heterocycles via Heteroaromatic C¡¡¬CX Bond Scission (X = S, O) and Boron Insertion"  has been accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Read more...



Welcome Julian !

March, 2018


Welcome Julian Radtke from Prof. Wagner's Group in Germany! He is joining our group as a visiting student!

Congratulations to Kang!

Feb., 2018

Kang's recent paper on "Cascade Dehydrogenative Hydroboration for the Synthesis of Azaborabenzofulvenes"  has been accepted by  Organic Letters. Read more...


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Congratulations to Kang!

Nov., 2017

Kang's recent paper on "Spiro-BODIPYs with a Diaryl Chelate: Impact on Aggregation and Luminescence " has been accepted by The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Read more...


Soren and Cally

Congratulations to Soren and Cally!!

Nov., 2017

In the past Inorganic Disscussion Weekend (IDW) conference at Ryerson University, Soren was awarded the Canadian Journal of Chemistry Award for Best Student Presentation ($200), and Cally got the Runner up poster($100) award.

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Group meeting with Nobel Laureate Prof. Schrock

Sep., 2017

The 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Prof. Richard Schrock (MIT) visited the Chemistry Department and gave  the inaugural Baird Lecture  on Sep. 28th, 2017. And Wang group had group meeting with him.


Welcome our new graduates Logan and Frank.

Sep., 2017

Logan joined Wang groups as a PhD student after he got BSc in UA. And Frank joined Wang group as a master student after he got BSc in UofT (Scarborough ). Enjoy your acedemic life in Wang group.

Congratulations to Dr. Suning Wang for winning the Queen's University 2017 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student supervision.

Aug., 2017

This award recognizes Dr.Wang's achievements as a researcher and mentor of graduate students. The nomination was prepared by present and former students who shared compelling anecdotes about the outstanding education they received while working in Dr. Wang's group.


Welcome Tomoya!

Aug., 2017


Welcome Tomoya from Kyoto University in Japan join in our group as a visiting student!

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Congratulations to Soren!

July, 2017

Soren's recent paper on "Triplet Energy and ¦Ð-Conjugation Effects on Photoisomerization of Chiral N,C-Chelate Organoborons with PAH Substituents " has been accepted by Organic Letters. Read more...


Congratulations to Dengtao!

May, 2017

Dengtao's recent paper on "BN-Heterocycles Bearing Two BN Units: Influence of the Linker and the Location of BN Units on Electronic Properties and Photoreactivity " has been accepted by Organometallics.



Welcome Lisa !

Mar, 2017

Welcome  Lisa from University of Konstanz(Germany) join in our group as a visiting student  !


Congratulations to Kang!

Mar., 2017

Kang's recent paper on "trans-Aminoboration across Internal Alkynes Catalyzed by B(C6F5)3 for the Synthesis of Borylated Indoles " has been accepted by Org. Lett. and highlight as "Editor's Choices".



Soren's ACIE

 Congratulations to Soren, his new ACIE is just accepted!

Feb., 2017

Soren's recent work on"Regioselective Photoisomerizations of Asymmetric ppyB(Mes)(Ar): The Role of Aryl Groups on Boron" has been accepted by ACIE!


 Congratulations to Xiang Wang!

Jan., 2017

Xiang has succussfully defended his PhD thesis today(Jan. 13)! Congratulations, Dr. Wang!


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Dengtao's recent work has been accepeted by JACS, Congratulations!

Aug, 2016

Dengtao's recent work on "Substituent Directed Photo-Transformations of BN-Heterocycles: Elimination vs Isomerization via Selective B-C Bond Cleavage " has been accepted by JACS.

See more.

Welcome Faraz!

Aug, 2016

Welcome our new Master student from University of Toronto Scarborough Campus !


Three new research papers online now. Good work, Kang, Soren and Dr. Peng!

  Aug., 2016

Soren's second paper accepted by Organic Letters is online now in this year. And Kang's Organometalic paper is also online. Dr. Peng's Advanced Optical Materials paper will be online soon.   See more in "Publications" page.



Congratulations to Kang!

 July, 2016

Kang obtained the poster award of BORAM 2016.


BORAM 2016 was highlight by C&EN news.

 July, 2016

The biannual BORAM meeting has a history of 30 years and was traditionally held in the United States. The 2016 BORAM is the first one held in Canada with Professor Suning Wang as the organizer. The BORAM meeting provides a forum for scientists whose research interests involve boron and its compounds to communicate as well as cross-fertilize their discoveries and ideas in boron-related chemistry. BORAM also grants students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to discuss their work with faculty and industrial representatives.The 2016 BORAM meeting was attended by more than 150 participants from different regions of the world including Canada, USA, Germany, UK, France, Japan, China, India, Korea and Mexico, and nearly two thirds of them were students and postdoctoral fellows, making it the biggest BORAM meeting ever!

Read more about what happened during BORAM 2016 on C&EN news.

Congratulations to Soren!

 July, 2016

Soren's recent work on "Donor-Appended N,C-Chelate Organoboron Compounds: Influence of Donor Strength on Photochromic Behaviour " published in Chem. Eur. J. Now it is online.


Our Org. Lett. paper highlighted by Synfacts

 May, 2016

Our paper "1,1-Hydroboration of Fused Azole¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬CIsoindole Analogues as an Approach for Construction of B,N-Heterocycles and Azole-Fused B,N-Naphthalenes" (Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 1626¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬C1629.) has been highlighted by SynfactsRead more



Congratulations to Soren!

 April, 2016

Soren has been granted the prestigious Vanier CGS award. Read more



New Organic Letters Paper! Congratulations

 March, 2016

 Our new paper about 1,1-hydroboration for Construction of B,N-Heterocycles has been accepted and is online now. See more

Yufei Li finding a job

Congratulations to Dr. Yufei Li

Jan, 2016

Yufei got a job from Northern Chem @ Niagara Fall after a short stay in our group since she obtained her PhD.

Haijun Li

Welcome Haijun

Sep, 2015

Welcome our new Phd student from Nankai University in China!

Welcome  Soren back from Japan!

Sep, 2015

Soren has come back to lab. He spent three months at Prof. Yamaguchi Group in Japan.

Dr. Wang FCSC

Congratulations to Dr. Wang

Sep, 2015

Prof. Dr. Suning Wang has been elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of the highest honours for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. 

"Suning Wang (Chemistry), a researcher whose innovative approaches to luminescent materials and inorganic chemistry has contributed to opening up a significant new research field: photo-responsive organoboron materials and chemistry. Her studies on the phenomena of photochromism, photoelimination and switchable luminescence of organoboron systems, together with her pioneering scholarship on blue fluorescent and blue phosphorescent emitters for organic light emitting diodes have reinvigorated research on organoboron photochemistry and organoboron-based materials chemistry worldwide. " Read more


Cover page in Chemistry - A European Journal

Aug, 2015

Sean's recent work on "Thermal and Photolytic Transformation of NHC¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬CB,N-Heterocycles:Controlled Generation of Blue Fluorescent 1,3-AzaborinineDerivatives and 1 H-Imidazo[1,2-a]indoles by External Stimuli" published in Chem. Eur. J. has been used as a cover. (DOI: 10.1002/chem.201503116).

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