Prof. Yen-Ku Wu


Yen-Ku Wu (吳彥谷) was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan.  He attended National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, where he found his passion for organic synthesis and natural product chemistry in the laboratory of Professor Hsing-Jang Liu, and received his B.Sc. in chemistry in 2004.   Yen-Ku continued his graduate studies in the Liu group at NTHU and earned his M.Sc. in 2006.  In 2008, he started his Ph.D. studies working on non-conventional Nazarov chemistry under the supervision of Professor F. G. West at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.  After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2013, he moved to the University of Chicago, where he pursued studies in the field of organocatalysis in the laboratories of Professor Viresh H. Rawal.  In the summer of 2015, he returned to Taiwan, and started his independent research career at National Chiao Tung University.

ORCID: 0000-0002-9269-7444


Professional Appointments

Associate Professor of Applied Chemistry

National Chiao Tung University

2019/08 - present

Assistant Professor of Applied Chemistry

National Chiao Tung University

2015/08 - 2019/07


Research Fellow of Applied Chemistry

National Chiao Tung University

2015/06 - 2015/07


Research Assistant to Prof. Hsing-Jang Liu (劉行讓)

National Tsing Hua University, Department of Chemistry

2007/09 - 2008/07

2010 - present

Academic Qualification 


Postdoctoral Scholar with Prof. Viresh H. Rawal

The University of Chicago, Department of Chemistry

2013/04 - 2015/03


Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with Prof. F. G. West

The University of Alberta, Department of Chemistry

2008/09 - 2013/02


M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry with Prof. Hsing-Jang Liu (劉行讓)

National Tsing Hua University, Department of Chemistry

2004/09 - 2006/07


B.Sc. in Chemistry

National Tsing Hua UniversityDepartment of Chemistry

2000/09 - 2004/06

2010 - present

Selected Honors and Awards


ACP Lectureship Award (China)

The 14th International Conference on Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry in Asia (ICCEOCA-14)


NCTU Junior Faculty Research Award

College of Science, National Chiao Tung University



MOST Young Scholar Fellowship

Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

2018/02 - 2021/01


Award of NCTU Faculty Recruitment and Retention Incentive Program

Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

2015/08 - 2018/07


Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. Graduate Scholarship

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.



Dissertation Fellowship 

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, The University of Alberta

2012/05 - 2013/03


Boehringer Ingelheim Award of Excellence in Organic or Bio-organic Chemistry

Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.



Alberta Ingenuity PhD Graduate Scholarship

Alberta Ingenuity Foundation (now Alberta Innovates–Technology Futures)

2009/05 - 2012/04


Margaret Thompson Memorial Prize

Department of Chemistry, The University of Alberta



Undergraduate Extraordinary Research Award

Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University