Nick | Shin


Postdoctoral Scholar



Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California, San Francisco


Ph.D., Chemistry
Princeton University (Advisor: Robert Knowles)


B.S., Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Physical and chemical principles for organizing cell-cell interface complexes


2021 Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

2017-2022 Centennial Fellowship in Natural Sciences and Engineering

2017 The James Y. and Harriet P. Tong Undergraduate Prize in Chemistry

2013-2017 Presidential Science Scholarship (South Korea)

2012 Presidential Honors (South Korea)


Shin, N. Y., Tsui, E., Bird, M., Knowles, R. R. Radicals as Exceptional Electron-Withdrawing Groups: Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution of Electron-Rich Halophenols via Homolysis-Enabled Electronic Activation. Submitted.

Earley, J. D., Zieleniewska, A., Ripberger, H. H., Shin, N. Y., Lazorski, M. S., Mast, Z. J., Sayre, H., Knowles, R. R., McCusker, J. K., Scholes, G. D., Reid, O. G., Rumbles, G. Ion Pair Reorganization Regulates Reactivity in Photoredox Catalysts. Nat. Chem. 2022, 14, 746–753. doi: 10.1038/s41557-022-00911-6.

Murray, P. R. D., Cox, J. H., Chiappini, N. D., Roos, C. B., McLoughlin, E. A., Hejna, B. G., Nguyen, S. T., Ripberger, H. H., Ganley, J. M., Tsui, E., Shin, N. Y., Koronkiewicz, B., Qiu, G., Knowles, R. R. Photochemical and Electrochemical Applications of Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Organic Synthesis. Chem. Rev. 2022. 122, 2017–2291. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00374

Shin, N. Y., Ryss, J. M., Zhang, X., Miller, S. J., Knowles, R. R. Light-Driven Deracemization Enabled by Excited-State Electron Transfer. Science, 2019, 366, 364–369. doi: 10.1126/science.aay2204

Choi, E., Lee, S., Yun, H., Lee, S., Gao, C., Shin, Y., and Kwon, O. Single Crystals of a 2-Dimensional Metal Coordination Polymer Containing Pendant Carbazole Groups. Bull. Korean. Chem. Soc. 2013, 34, 3903–3905. doi: 10.5012/bkcs.2013.34.12.3903