Chen assists in the drafting of U.S. and foreign patent applications for clients in the life sciences industries.

Prior to joining Fenwick, Chen was a medicinal chemist at a pharmaceutical company in South San Francisco where he conducted research in early drug discovery and managed teams of chemists with the company’s partner contract organizations. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and conducted research in the fields of organic methodology development and fluorination chemistry.

While obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, Chen studied under the guidance of professors F. Dean Toste, Robert G. Bergman and Kenneth N. Raymond. His research at UC Berkeley focused on asymmetric organic catalysis, physical organic chemistry and organometallic chemistry.

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  • Publications
    • “The Effect of Host Structure on the Selectivity and Mechanism of Supramolecular Catalysis of Prins Cyclizations,” Chem. Sci., 2015 (co-author)
    • “Nucleophilic Substitution Catalyzed by a Supramolecular Cavity Proceeds with Retention of Absolute Stereochemistry,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014 (co-author)
    • “Ligand-Based Carbon-Nitrogen Bond Forming Reactions of Metal Dinitrosyl Complexes with Alkenes and Their Application to C-H Bond Functionalization,” Acc. Chem. Res., 2014 (co-author)
    • “Chiral Amide Directed Assembly of a Diastereo- and Enantiopure Supramolecular Host and its Application to Enantioselective Catalysis of Neutral Substrates,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013 (co-author)
    • “Direct Michael Addition of Alkenes via a Cobalt-Dinitrosyl Mediated Vinylic C-H Functionalization Reaction,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011 (co-author)
    • “Intramolecular Kinetic Isotope Effect in Hydride Transfer from Dihydroacridine to a Quinolinium Ion. Rejection of a Proposed Two-Step Mechanism with a Kinetically Significant Intermediate,” Org. Biomol. Chem., 2008 (co-author)


Education & Admissions

Ph.D., Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley

B.S., cum laude, with honors, Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California San Diego


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