Professor SAVATIEIEV, Oleksandr

Vice-Chancellor Associate Professor 

location   Room 165  Science Centre 

Phone No.    (852) 3943 5981


Research Group



2016 Postdoc., Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
2015 Ph.D., Chemistry of Organo-Phosphorus Compounds Department. Institute of Organic Chemistry of the National academy of Science of Ukraine
2012 M.Sc., Department of Organic Chemistry and Technology of Organic Compounds. National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”
2010 B.Sc., Department of Organic Chemistry and Technology of Organic Compounds. National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”



Since 2023 Vice-Chancellor Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2016 – 2023 Group leader, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany



Research Interests

  • Organic synthesis mediated by heterogeneous carbon nitride photocatalysts
  • Application of photocharged semiconductors in organic synthesis
  • Data-driven research


Professional Activities

Since 2022 Member of editorial board, Nano Trends


Honors and Awards

2015 L. N. Markovski prize for young researchers by the National Academy of Science of Ukraine


Representative Publications


1. Alexey Galushchinskiy, Yajun Zou, Jokotadeola Odutola, Pavle Nikačević, Jian-Wen Shi, Nikolai Tkachenko, Núria López, Pau Farràs, Oleksandr Savateev*
“Insights into the Role of Graphitic Carbon Nitride as a Photobase in Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in (sp3)C−H Oxygenation of Oxazolidinones”
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202362, e202301815Angew. Chem. 2023135, e202301815.
2. Oleksandr Savateev*
“Photocharging of Semiconductor Materials: Database, Quantitative Data Analysis, and Application in Organic Synthesis”
Adv. Energy Mater. 202212, 2200352.
3. Stefano Mazzanti, Clara Schritt, Katharina ten Brummelhuis, Markus Antonietti, Aleksandr Savateev*
“Multisite PCET with Photocharged Carbon Nitride in Dark”
Exploration 20211, 20210063.
4. Yevheniia Markushyna,* Christoph M. Schüßlbauer, Tobias Ullrich, Dirk M. Guldi, Markus Antonietti, Aleksandr Savateev*
“Chromoselective Synthesis of Sulfonyl Chlorides and Sulfonamides with Potassium Poly(heptazine imide) Photocatalyst”
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202160, 20543-20550Angew. Chem. 2021133, 20706-20713.
5. Yajun Zou, Kai Xiao, Qing Qin, Jian-Wen Shi, Tobias Heil, Yevheniia Markushyna, Lei Jiang, Markus Antonietti, Aleksandr Savateev*
“Enhanced Organic Photocatalysis in Confined Flow through a Carbon Nitride Nanotube Membrane with Conversions in the Millisecond Regime”
ACS Nano 202115, 6551-6561.
6. Aleksandr Savateev,* Yevheniia Markushyna, Christoph M. Schüßlbauer, Tobias Ullrich, Dirk M. Guldi, Markus Antonietti
“Unconventional Photocatalysis in Conductive Polymers: Reversible Modulation of PEDOT:PSS Conductivity by Long-Lived Poly(Heptazine Imide) Radicals”
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202160, 7436-7443Angew. Chem. 2021133, 7512-7520.
7. Aleksandr Savateev,* Nadezda V. Tarakina, Volker Strauss, Tanveer Hussain, Katharina ten Brummelhuis, José Manuel Sánchez Vadillo, Yevheniia Markushyna, Stefano Mazzanti, Alexander P. Tyutyunnik, Ralf Walczak, Martin Oschatz, Dirk M. Guldi, Amir Karton, Markus Antonietti*
“Potassium Poly(Heptazine Imide): Transition Metal-Free Solid-State Triplet Sensitizer in Cascade Energy Transfer and [3+2]-cycloadditions”
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202059, 15061-15068Angew. Chem. 2020132, 15172-15180.
8. Stefano Mazzanti, Bogdan Kurpil, Bartholomäus Pieber, Markus Antonietti, Aleksandr Savateev*
“Dichloromethylation of Enones by Carbon Nitride Photocatalysis”
Nat. Commun. 202011, 1387.
9. Indrajit Ghosh, Jagadish Khamrai, Aleksandr Savateev, Nikita Shlapakov, Markus Antonietti,* Burkhard König*“Organic Semiconductor Photocatalyst Can Bifunctionalize Arenes and Heteroarenes”
Science 2019365, 360-366.
10. Bogdan Kurpil, Katharina Otte, Artem Mishchenko, Paolo Lamagni, Wojciech Lipiński, Nina Lock, Markus Antonietti, Aleksandr Savateev*
“Carbon nitride photocatalyzes regioselective aminium radical addition to the carbonyl bond and yields N-fused pyrroles”
Nat. Commun. 201910, 945
11. Bogdan Kurpil, Yevheniia Markushyna, and Aleksandr Savateev*
“Visible-Light-Driven Reductive (Cyclo)Dimerization of Chalcones over Heterogeneous Carbon Nitride Photocatalyst”
ACS Catalysis 20199, 1531-1538.
12. Yevheniia Markushyna, Paolo Lamagni, Christian Teutloff, Jacopo Catalano, Nina Lock,* Guigang Zhang, Markus Antonietti, Aleksandr Savateev*
“Green radicals of potassium poly(heptazine imide) using light and benzylamine”
Mater. Chem. A 20197, 24771-24775.
13. Aleksandr Savateev,* Bogdan Kurpil, Artem Mishchenko, Guigang Zhang, Markus Antonietti
“A “waiting” carbon nitride radical anion: a charge storage material and key intermediate in direct C–H thiolation of methylarenes using elemental sulfur as the “S”-source”
Chem. Sci. 20189, 3584-3591.
14. Zupeng Chen, Aleksandr Savateev, Sergey Pronkin, Vasiliki Papaefthimiou, Christian Wolff, Marc Georg Willinger, Elena Willinger, Dieter Neher, Markus Antonietti, Dariya Dontsova*
“The Easier the Better” Preparation of Efficient Photocatalysts—Metastable Poly(heptazine imide) Salts”
Adv. Mater. 201729, 1700555.


Book and Book Chapters

1. Oleksandr Savateev, Markus Antonietti, Xinchen Wang “Carbon nitrides. Structure, properties and applications in science and technology” Degruyter, 2023.
2. Oleksandr Savateev “Chapter 3. Selective oxidation of alcohols using carbon nitride photocatalysts” in “UV-Visible Photocatalysis for Clean Energy Production and Pollution Remediation. Materials, Reaction Mechanisms, and Applications”. Edited by: Xinchen Wang, Masakazu Anpo, Xianzhi Fu.



1. Markus Antonietti, Oleksandr Savatieiev, Bogdan Kurpil, Dariya Dontsova “Photocatalytic System and Applications Thereof” PCT/EP2017/077540.


Major Research Grants

  1. Priority Programme SPP 2370 “Nitroconversion” – German Research Foundation, “Photoelectrochemical Continuous Flow N2 Fixation Into High Value Small Organic Molecules”. Beginning of the project: 01.10.2022. Project duration: 36 months. Role in the project: Co-PI, principal applicant. Budget: 457 k€.


  1. 2021 Pathfinder Challenges – European Innovation Council, “Green H2 (GH2) production from water and bio alcohols by full solar spectrum in a flow reactor” (Project acronym: GH2, Project No.: 101070721). Beginning of the project: 01.10.2022. Duration: 36 months. Role in the project: WP leader, co-applicant. Budget: 459 k€.


  1. Pathfinder Open – European Innovation Council, “Reaction robot with intimate photocatalytic and separation functions in a 3-D network driven by artificial intelligence” (Project acronym: CATART, Project No.: 101046836). Beginning of the project: 01.09.2022. Duration: 36 months. Role in the project: WP leader, co-applicant. Budget 580k€.


  1. Funding initiative ‘Experiment!’ – Volkswagen Foundation, “Towards Solar Paint: Janus Emulsion-based Luminescent Solar Concentrators”. Beginning of the project: September 2019. Duration: 18 months. Role in the project: Co-PI, principal applicant. Budget: 120k€.