Yumeng Xi was born in Wuhan, China in 1990. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Peking University, China, where he worked in Prof. Zhen Yang's laboratory on the total syntheses of macrolactam natural products. Driven by his passion for organic chemistry, he moved to West Virginia University working in Prof. Xiaodong Michael Shi's laboratory on the development of novel bond-forming reactions through gold catalysis and obtained a M.S. degree. In 2014, fascinated by the beauty of organometallic chemistry, he decided to travel across the country and join the Hartwig group. Outside of the lab, Yumeng enjoys taking photos, roadtrips and watching movies.