Diao Research Group

We develop new reactions to solve problems in organic synthesis and energy conversion.


Research Focus

The Diao group focuses on solving long-standing problems in organic synthesis and sustainable energy research through transition metal catalysis. Currently we are working on Nickel-catalyzed transformations and fundamental mechanistic studies.

Our research program encompasses organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemistry. We seek to provide strategically creative solutions through the development of transition metal catalysts. The rational design of catalysts is based on a thorough understanding of reaction mechanism. Driven by synthetic applications, we also synthesize and characterize new organometallic complexes with the goal of elucidating fundamental principles of molecular bonding.

Recent News

September 13, 2019

We just published a review on mechanisms of nickel-catalyzed cross couplings, check it out!

September 3, 2019

Welcome to our new postdoc Clifton!

August 27, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Diccianni on his successful thesis defense! Good luck in your future endeavors, you will be missed!


Diao Lab at New York University


Established 2014

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Professor Tianning Diao

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Silver Center 705
(212) 998-8436

Diao Lab

Silver Center, 7th Floor

New York University Department of Chemistry

New York University
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003