Dr. Chuanjie Loh (Charles)

Charles Loh

Dr. Chuanjie Loh (Charles) or commonly known as Charles C. J. Loh in academic papers grew up in the tropical ever-green southeast asian island of Singapore. He completed his undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore and finished his honours year project at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (Singapore) in 2008. He attained his masters degree in Industrial Chemistry in a joint masters programme by the Technische Universität München and the National University of Singapore in 2010.

He then commenced his doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Dieter Enders at the RWTH Aachen University (Germany) in the area of merging organocatalysis and transition metal catalysis, and organocatalytic domino reactions. He successfully defended his doctoral thesis (Summa Cum Laude) and was decorated with the Borschers Plakette for outstanding performance in his doctoral studies in 2014. In the same year, he was awarded the Deutscheforschungsgemeinschaft (DFG or German Research Society) Postdoctoral Fellowship for postdoctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Mark Lautens at the University of Toronto (Canada), where he significantly contributed to the field of rhodium catalyzed asymmetric ring opening reactions between 2014-2016. He was also a regular Synfacts (Thieme Verlag) contributor providing latest highlights of frontier transition metals catalysis research (2014-2015).

Since July 2016, he was being appointed as independent junior research leader at the Technische Universität Dortmund. Charles’s research focus is in utility of asymmetric transition metals and organocatalysis in the development of unexplored bond formation protocols in carbohydrate chemistry. He is also interested in cross disciplinary research spanning catalysis and chemical biology and is interested to access novel carbohydrate and carbohydrate mimetics utilizing modern catalytic paradigms to probe key oncological pathways.

This research will be carried in the synergistic environment in Dortmund, where integration of the research group with the Chemical Biology Department at the MPI for Molecular Physiology and the Chemical Genomics Centre provide an unparallelled opportunity for aspiring young researchers interested in ground-breaking organic chemistry/chemical biology interface research.


2004-08         Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Chemistry, 1st Class Honours), National University of Singapore (Singapore).

2008-10         Master of Science (Industrial Chemistry), Technische Universität München and National University of Singapore

                         Research advisor: Dr. Nicolle Langer   

2010-13          PhD in Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University (Summa Cum Laude), Aachen (Germany).

                         Research advisor: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dieter Enders

2014-2016     Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

                         Research advisor: Prof Dr. Mark Lautens


– National University of Singapore Undergraduate Scholarship (2004-2008)

– Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Book Prize (2005)

– Sugar Industry of Singapore Book Prize (2005)

– DAAD Scholarship (2005)

– DUO Singapore Exchange Fellowship (2006)

– Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Book Prize (2006)

– Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Gold Medal (2008)

– Chartered Semiconductor Gold Medal (2008)

– Singapore National Academy of Science Book Prize (2008)

– Ang Kok Peng Memorial Award (2006 and 2009)

– ORCHEM Poster Prize (2012)

– Borschers Plakatte, RWTH Aachen University (2014)

– DFG Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016)

– Liebig Fellowship der Stiftung Stipendien-Fonds des Verbandes der Chemischen Industrie (2016-), TU Dortmund