Dr. Wenjing MENG

JSPS Research Fellow

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering

The University of Tokyo


Wenjing Meng was born in China. She received her PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan R. Nitschke at University of Cambridge. Her work involved the exploration of subcomponent self-assembly, structural properties, host-guest chemistry and system chemistry of dynamic metal-organic polyhedra. In 2012, she joined the research group of Prof. Andrew J. Turberfield at University of Oxford as postdoctoral research assistant. Her work focused on DNA-templated chemical synthesis. Currently she is working on the development of chiral metal-organic tubes as a postdoctoral researcher within the group of Prof. Takuzo Aida.


MChem. The University of York (2008)

Ph.D. University of Cambridge (2012)


2012.09 – 2016.07 Postdoctoral research assistant at University of Oxford with Prof. Andrew J. Turberfield

2016.11 – Present: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo with Dr. Hiroshi Sato within the research group of Prof. Takuzo Aida


W. Meng, R. A. Muscat, M. L. McKee, P. J. Milnes, J. N. Bath, A. El-Sagheer, B. G. Davis, T. Brown, R. K. O’Reilly, and A. J. Turberfield

"An Autonomous Molecular Assembler for Programmable Chemical Synthesis"

Nat. Chem., 2016, 8, 542-548.

D. M. Wood, W. Meng, T. K. Ronson, A. R. Stefankiewicz, J. K. M. Sanders, and J. R. Nitschke

"Guest-Induced Transformation of a Porphyrin-Edged (Fe4L6)-L-II Capsule into a (CuFe2L4)-Fe-I-L-II Fullerene Receptor"

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 3988–3992.

W. Meng, A. B. League, T. K. Ronson, J. K. Clegg, W. C. Isley, III, D. Semrouni, L. Gagliardi, C. J. Cramer, and J. R. Nitschke

"Empirical and Theoretical Insights into the Structural Features and Host−Guest Chemistry of M8L4 Tube Architectures"

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 3972-3980.

W. Meng, T. K. Ronson, and J. R. Nitschke

"Symmetry Breaking in Self-Assembled M4L6 Cage Complexes"

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA2013, 110, 10531–10535.

W. Meng, T. K. Ronson, J. K. Clegg, and J. R. Nitschke

"Transformations within a Network of Cadmium Architectures"

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 1017–1021.

W. Meng, J. K. Clegg, and J. R. Nitschke

"Transformative Binding and Release of Gold Guests from a Self-Assembled Cu8L4 Tube"

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 1881–1884.

W. Meng, J. K. Clegg, J. D. Thoburn, and J. R. Nitschke

"Controlling the Transmission of Stereochemical Information through Space in Terphenyl-Edged Fe4L6 Cages"

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 13652–13660.

W. Meng, B. Breiner, K. Rissanen, J. D. Thoburn, J.K. Clegg, and J.R. Nitschke

"A self-assembled M8L6 cubic cage that selectively encapsulates large aromatic guests"

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 3479-3483.

J. W. Myatt, M. P. Healy, G. S. Bravi, A. Billinton, C. N. Johnson, K. L. Matthews, K. S. Jandu, W. Meng, A. Hersey, D. G. Livermore, C. B. Douault, J. Witherington, R. A. Bit, J. E. Rowedder, J. D. Brown, and N. M. Clayton

“Pyrazolopyridazine alpha-2-delta-1 ligands for the treatment of neuropathic pain”

Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett., 2010, 20, 4683-4688.