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  1. Qiu, Z.; Zeng, H.; Li, C.-J.Coupling without Coupling Reactions: En Route to Developing Phenols as Sustainable Coupling Partners via DearomatizationRearomatization Processes. Acc. Chem. Res. 2020, 53, 10, 2395-2413.  

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  1. Lang, Y.; Li, C.-J.; Zeng, H. Dearomatization-Rearomatization Strategy for Palladium-Catalyzed C–N Cross-Coupling Reactions. Synlett. 2020, 00, 0000-0000. (Invited article for special issue for Prof. B. M. Trost’s 80th Birthday)
  2. Li, J.; Wang, H.; Qiu, Z.; Huang, C.-Y.; Li, C.-J. Metal-Free Direct Deoxygenative Borylation of Aldehydes and Ketones. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 13011-13020.

  3. Cao, D.; Chen, Z.; Lv, L.; Zeng, H.; Peng, Y.; Li, C.-J. Light-Driven Metal-Free Direct Deoxygenation of Alcohols Under Mild Conditions. iScience. 2020, 23, 101419-101429.
  4. Liu, M.; Tan, L.; Rashid, R. T.; Cen, Y.; Cheng, S.; Botton, G.; Mi, Z.; Li, C.-J. GaN Nanowire as a Reusable Photoredox Catalyst for Radical Coupling of Carbonyl Under Blacklight-Irradiation. Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 7864-7870.

  5. Kim, Y.; Li, C.-J. Perspectives on Green Synthesis and Catalysis. Green Chem. Catal. 2020, 1, 1-11.
  6. Dou, Q.; Li, C.-J.; Zeng, H. Photoinduced Transition-Metal- and External-Photosensitizer-Free Intramolecular Aryl Rearrangement via C(Ar)–O Bond Cleavage. Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 5740-5744.

  7. Liu, M.; Qiu, Z.; Tan, L.; Rashid, R. T.; Chu, S.; Cen, Y.; Luo, Z.; Khaliullin, R. Z.; Mi, Z.; Li, C.-J. Photocatalytic Methylation of Nonactivated sp3 and sp2 C-H Bonds Using Methanol on GaN. ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 6248-6253.

  8. Yao, J.; Chen, Z.; Yu, L.; Lv, L.; Cao, D.; Li, C.-J. Palladium-Catalyzed Hydroalkylation of Methylenecyclopropanes with Simple Hydrazones. Chem. Sci. 2020, Advance Article.

  9. Yu, L.; Lv, L.; Qiu, Z.; Chen, Z.; Tan, Z.; Liang, Y.-F.; Li, C.-J. Palladium-Catalyzed Formal Hydroalkylation of Aryl-Substituted Alkynes with Hydrazones. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 14009-14013.

  10. Cao, D.; Yu, J.; Zeng, H.; Li, C.-J. Dearomatization-Rearomatization Strategy for Synthesizing Carbazoles with 2,2’-Biphenols and Ammonia by Dual C(Ar)-OH Bond Cleavages. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 00, 0000-0000.
  11. Qiu, Z.; Li, C.-J. Transformations of Less-Activated Phenols and Phenol Derivatives via C-O Cleavage Chem. Rev. 2020doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.0c00088
  12. Chen, S.-Q.; Li, X.-R.; Li, C.-J.; Fan, J.; Liu, Z.-W.; Shi X.-Y. Aldehyde as a Traceless Directing Group for Regioselective C–H Alkylation Catalyzed by Rhodium(III) in Air. Org. Lett. 2020, 22, 1259-1264.
  13. Li, X.; Li, C.-J. A Cu/cinchona P,N-Ligand System Enabled General Asymmetric C(sp3)-C(sp) Coupling. Sci. China Chem. 2020, 63, 751-752.
  14. Dutta, K.; Chaudhari, V.; Li, C.-J.; Kopyscinski, J. Methane Conversion to Ethylene over GaN Catalysts: Effect of Catalyst Nitridation. Appl. Catal. A: General. 2020, 595, 117430-117444.
  15. Lv, L.; Yu, L.; Qiu, Z.; Li, C.-J. Switch in Selectivity for Formal Hydroalkylation of 1,3-dienes and Enynes with Simple Hydrazones. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 6466-6472.

  16. Li, C.-C.; Kan, J.; Qiu, Z.; Li, J.; Lv, L.; Li, C.-J. Synergistic Relay Reactions to Achieve Redox-Neutral α-Alkylations of Olefinic Alcohols with Ruthenium(II)-Catalysis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 4544-4549.

  17. Liu, W.; Li, J.; Huang, C.-Y., Li, C.-J. Aromatic Chemistry in the Excited State: Facilitating Metal-Free Substitutions and Cross-Couplings. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 132, 1802-1812.
  18. Zeng, H.; Yu, J.; Li, C.-J. Palladium-Catalyzed Aerobic Synthesis of Ortho-Substituted Phenols from Cyclohexanones and Primary Alcohols. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 1239-1242.
  19. Chaudhari, V.; Dutta, K.; Li, C.-J.; Kopyscinski, J. Mechanistic Insights of Methane Conversion to Ethylene over Gallium Oxide and Gallium Nitride Using Density Functional Theory. Mol. Catal. 2020, 482, 110606-110619.


  20. Qiu, Z.; Pham, D. M.; Li, J.; Li, C.-C.; Castillo-Pazos, D. J.; Khaliullin, R. Z.; Li, C.-J. Light-Enabled Metal-Free Pinacol Coupling by Hydrazine. Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 10937-10943.
  21. Wang, Z.; Niu, J.; Zeng, H.; Li, C.-J. Construction of Spirocyclic Tetrahydro-β-Carbolines via Cross-Annulation of Phenols with Tryptamines in Water. Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 7033-7037.
  22. Huang, C.-Y.; Kang, H.; Li, J.; Li, C.-J. En Route to Intermolecular Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling Reactions. J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 12705-12721. (Review)
  23. Lv, L.; Zhu, D.; Qiu, Z.; Li, J.; Li, C.-J. Nickel-Catalyzed Regioselective Hydrobenzylation of 1,3-Dienes with Hydrazones. ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 9199-9205.
  24. Zeng, H.; Luo, Z.; Han, X.; Li, C.-J. Metal-Free Construction of the C(sp3) –CF3 Bond: Trifluoromethylation of Hydrazones with Togni’s Reagent under Mild Conditions. Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 5948-5951.
  25. Cao, D.; Pan, P.; Zeng, H.; Li, C.-J. Umpolung Cross-Coupling of Polyfluoroarenes with Hydrazones via Activation of C−F Bonds. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 9323-9326.
  26. Li, C.-J.; Huang, J.; Dai, X.-J.; Wang, H.; Chen, N.; Wei, W.; Zeng, H.; Tang, J.; Li, C.-C; Zhu, D.; Lv, L. An Old Dog with New Tricks: Enjoin Wolff-Kishner Reduction for Alcohol Deoxygenation and C-C Bond Formations. Synlett. 2019, 30, 1508-1524. (Account)
  27. Zhou, F.; Hearne, Z.; Li, C.-J. Water – the Greenest Solvent Overall. Curr. Opin. Green Sustain. Chem. 2019, 18, 118-123.
  28. Liu, M.; Wang, Y.; Kong, X.; Tan, L.; Li, L.; Cheng, S.; Botton, G.; Guo, H.; Mi, Z.; Li, C.-J. Efficient Nitrogen Fixation Catalyzed by Gallium Nitride Nanowire Using Nitrogen and Water. iScience. 2019, 17, 208-216.
  29. Dominguez-Huerta, A.; Perepichka, I.; Li, C.-J. Direct Synthesis of Diphenylamines from Phenols and Ammonium Formate Catalyzed by Palladium. ChemSusChem. 2019, 12, 2999-3002. (Invited Special Issue on Green Synthesis; VIP paper)
  30. Huang, C.-Y.; Li, J.; Liu, W.; Li, C.-J. Diacetyl as a “Traceless” Visible Light Photosensitizer in Metal-Free Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling Reactions. Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 5018-5024. (This article is part of the themed collection: Most popular 2018-2019 organic chemistry articles)
  31. Zhu, D.; Lv, L.; Qiu, Z.; Li, C.-J. Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Umpolung Carbonyls and Alkyl Halides. J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 6312-6322.
  32. Qiu, Z.; Lv, L.; Li, J.; Li, C.-C.; Li, C.-J. Direct Conversion of Phenols Into Primary Anilines with Hydrazine Catalyzed by Palladium. Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 4775-4781. (Selected as 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection; highlighted by X-MOL as the cover news)
  33. Liu, W.; Li, J.; Querard, P.; Li, C.-J. Transition-Metal-Free C-C, C-O, and C-N Cross-Couplings Enabled by Light. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 6755–6764.
  34. Wang, Z.; Zeng, H.; Li, C.-J. Dearomatization-Rearomatization Strategy for Reductive Cross-Coupling of Indoles with Ketones in Water. Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 2302-2306.
  35. Zeng, H.; Dou, Q.; Li, C.-J. Photoinduced Transition-Metal-Free Cross-Coupling of Aryl Halides with H-PhosphonatesOrg. Lett. 2019, 21, 1301–1305.
  36. Liu, M.; Wang, Y.; Kong, X.; Rashid, R. T.; Chu, S.; Li, C.-C.; Hearne, Z.; Guo, H.; Mi, Z.; Li, C.-J. Direct Catalytic Methanol-to-Ethanol Photo-Conversion via Methyl Carbene. Chem. 2019, 5, 858-867. (Highlighted in Science (AAAS), News of the Week, Feb 19, 2019)
  37. Lv, L.; Zhu, D.; Li, C.-J. Direct Dehydrogenative Alkyl Heck-Couplings of Vinylarenes with Umpolung Aldehydes Catalyzed by Nickel. Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 715-722.
  38. Zeng, H.; Wang, Z.; Li, C.-J. Two-in-One Strategy for Palladium-Catalyzed C–H Functionalization in Water. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 2859-2863.
  39. Yao, Q.; Liu, W.; Liu, P; Ren, L; Fang, X.; Li, C.-J. Metal-Free Photoinduced Transformation of Aryl Halides and Diketones into Aryl Ketones. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2019, 16, 2721-2724. (Invited Cover)
  40. Dominguez-Huerta, A.; Dai, X.-J.; Zhou, F.; Querard, P.; Qiu, Z.; Ung, S.; Liu, W.; Li, J.; Li, C.-J. Exploration of New Reaction Tools for Late-Stage Functionalization of Complex Chemicals. Can. J. Chem. 2019, 2019, 97 , 67-85. (Invite Bader Award Lecture Article)
  41. Cao, D.; Yan, C.; Zhou, P.; Zeng, H.; Li, C.-J. Hydrogen Bonding Promoted Simple and Clean Photo-Induced Reduction of C–X Bond with Isopropanol. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 767-770.
  42. Zhou, F.; Li, C.-J. En Route to Metal-Mediated and Metal-Catalyzed Reactions in Water. Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 34-46. (This article is part of the themed collection: Most popular 2018-2019 main group, inorganic and organometallic chemistry articles)


  43. Zhou, F.; Hu, X.; Zhang, W.; Li, C.-J. Direct Conjugate Additions Using Aryl and Alkyl Organic Halides in Air and Water. Org. Chem. Front. 2018, 5, 3579-3584.
  44. Querard, P.; Li, C.-J. Direct Synthesis of Indenes via a Rhodium-Catalyzed Multicomponent Csp2-H Annulation Reaction. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2018, 16, 8042-8047.
  45. Zhu, D.; Lv, L.; Li, C.-C.; Ung, S.; Gao, J.; Li, C.-J. Umpolung of Carbonyl Groups as Alkyl Organometallic Reagent Surrogates for Palladium-Catalyzed Allylic Alkylation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 16520-16524. (Highlighted by P. Knochel and M. Balkenhohl, Synfact, 2019, 15, 0069)
  46. Lv, L.; Qiu, Z.; Li, J.; Liu, M.; Li, C.-J. N2H4 as Traceless Mediator for Homo- and Cross-Aryl Coupling. Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 4739-4750.
  47. Liu, W.; Liu, P.; Lv, L.; Li, C.-J. Metal-Free and Redox-Neutral Conversion of Organotrifluoroborates into Radicals Enabled by Visible Light. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 130, 13687-13691.
  48. Cao, D.; Zeng, H.; Li, C.-J. Formal Cross-Coupling of Diaryl Ethers with Ammonia by Dual C(Ar)-O Bond Cleavages. ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 8873–8878.
  49. Dominguez-Huerta, A.; Perepichka, I.; Li, C.-J. Catalytic N-Modification of α-Amino Acids and Small Peptides with Phenol under Bio-Compatible Conditions. Commun. Chem. 2018, 1, 45-52.
  50. Romney, D. K.; Arnold, F. H.; Lipshutz, B. H.; Li, C.-J. Chemistry Takes a Bath: Reactions in Aqueous Media. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 7319–7322. (Review)
  51. Zhou, F.; Hu, X.; Zhang, W.; Li, C.-J. Copper-Catalyzed Radical Reductive Arylation of Styrenes with Aryl Iodides Mediated by Zinc in Water. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 7416-7422.
  52. Li, C.-C.; Dai, -J.; Wang, H.; Zhu, D.; Gao, J.; Li, C.-J. Iron-Catalyzed Nucleophilic Addition Reaction of Organic Carbanion Equivalents via Hydrazones. Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 3801–3805.
  53. Li, J.; Zhu, ; Lv, L.; Li, C.-J. Radical Difluoromethylthiolation of Aromatics Enabled by Visible Light. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 5781-5786.
  54. Yan, S.-S.; Zhu, L.; Ye, J.-H.; Zhang, Z.; Huang, H.; Zeng, H.; Li, C.-J.; Lan, Y.; Yu, D.-G. Ruthenium-Catalyzed Umpolung Carboxylation of Hydrazones with CO2. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 4873-4878.
  55. Lv, L.; Zhu, D.; Tang, J.; Qiu, Z.; Li, C.-C.; Gao, J.; Li, C.-J. Cross-Coupling of Phenol Derivatives with Umpolung Aldehydes Catalyzed by Nickel. ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 4622–4627.
  56. Dutta, K.; Li, L.; Gupta, P.; Gutierrez, D. P.; Li, C.-J.; Kopyscinski, J. Direct Non-Oxidative Methane Aromatization over Gallium Nitride Catalyst in a Continuous Flow Reactor. Catal. Commun. 2018, 106, 16-19.
  57. Marrett, J. M.; Mottillo, C.; Girard, S.; Nickels, C. W.; Do, J.-L.; Dayaker, G.; Germann, L. S.; Dinnebier, R. E.; Howarth, A. J.; Farha, O. K.; Friščić, T.; Li, C.-J. Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Enables Rapid, Clean and Scalable Conversion of a Metal Oxide into Zeolitic Metal–Organic Frameworks. Crystal. Growth Des. 2018, 18, 3222-3228.
  58. Tomberg, A.; Kundu, S.; Zhou, F.; Li, C.-J.; Moitessier, N. Revised Mechanism for a Ruthenium-Catalyzed Coupling of Aldehyde and Terminal Alkyne. ACS Omega. 2018, 3, 3218–3227.
  59. Zeng, H.; Cao, D.; Qiu, Z.; Li, C.-J. Palladium-Catalyzed Formal Cross-Coupling of Diaryl Ethers with Amines: Slicing 4-O-5 Linkage in Lignin Models. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 130, 3814-3819.
  60. Zhou, Z.-Z.; Liu, M.; Lv, L.; Li, C.-J. Silver(I)-Catalyzed Widely Applicable Aerobic 1,2-Diol Oxidative Cleavage. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 2616-2620.
  61. Tang, J.; Lv, L.; Dai, X.-J., Li, C.-C.; Li, L.; Li, C.-J. Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Aldehydes with Aryl Halides via Hydrazone Intermediates. Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 1750-1753.
  62. Han, W-J.; Pu, F.; Li, C.-J.; Liu, Z.-W.; Fan, J.; Shi, X.-Y. Carboxyl-Directed Conjugate Addition of C‒H Bonds to α,β-Unsaturated Ketones in Air and Water. Adv. Synth. Cat. 2018, 360, 1358-1363.
  63. Li, J.; Caiuby, C. A. D.; Paixão, M. W.; Li, C.-J. Synthesis of 6-Trifluoromethylphenanthridines through Radical Trifluoromethylation of Isocyanides with Sodium Triflinate under Visible Light. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 20-21, 2498-2503. (Invited feature contribution)
  64. Liu, Y.; Zhu, Y.-Q.; Li, C.-J. Mild and Highly Regioselective Synthesis of Biaryl Acids via Rh(I)-Catalyzed Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling of Benzoic Acids using Sodium Chlorite as Oxidant. Front. Chem. Sci. Eng. 2018, 12, 3-8.


  65. Liu, P.; Liu, W.; Li, C.-J. Catalyst-Free and Redox-Neutral Innate Trifluoromethylation and Alkylation of Aromatics Enabled by Light. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 14315–14321.
  66. Liu, W.; Yang, X.; Gao, Y.; Li, C.-J. Simple and Efficient Generation of Aryl Radicals from Aryl Triflates: Synthesis of Aryl Boronates and Aryl Iodides at Room Temperature. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 8621-8627.
  67. Wei, W.; Dai, X.-J.; Wang, H.; Li, C.; Yang, X.; Li, C.-J. Ruthenium(II)-Catalyzed Olefination via Carbonyl Reductive Cross-Coupling. Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 8193-8197. (Highlighted by Synform, 2018, 4, A61-A64)
  68. Qiu, Z.; Li, J.-S.; Li, C.-J. Formal Aromaticity Transfer for Palladium-Catalyzed Coupling between Phenols and Pyrrolidines/Indolines. Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 6954-6958.
  69. Liu, W.; Yang, X.; Zhou, Z.-z.; Li, C.-J. Simple and Clean Photo-Induced Methylation of Heteroarenes with MeOH. Chem. 2017, 2, 688-702.
  70. Li, L.; Wang, H.; Vanka, S.; Mu, X.; Mi, Z.; Li, C.-J. Nitrogen Photofixation over III-Nitride Nanowires Assisted by Ruthenium Clusters of Low Atomicity. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 8701-8705. (Designated “Hot Paper” by Angew. Chem.)
  71. Dai, X.-J.; Wang, H.; Li, C.-J. Carbonyls as Latent Alkyl Carbanions for Conjugate Additions. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 6302-6306. (Invited contribution for a special issue on Canadian Chemistry, designated “Hot Paper” by Angew. Chem.)
  72. Chen, N.; Dai, X.-J.; Wang, H.; Li, C-J. Umpolung Addition of Aldehydes to Aryl Imines. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 6260-6263. (Invited contribution for a special issue on Canadian Chemistry).
  73. Wang, H.; Dai, X.-J.; Li, C.-J. Aldehydes as Alkyl Carbanion Equivalents for Additions to Carbonyl Compounds. Nat. Chem. 2017, 9, 374-378. (Highlighted by Phys.Org, Dec 20, 2016)
  74. Li, A. Y.; Segalla, A.; Li, C.-J.; Moores, A. Mechanochemical Metal-Free Transfer Hydrogenation of Carbonyls using Polymethylhydrosiloxane as the Hydrogen Source. ACS Sust. Chem. Eng. 2017, 5, 11752-11760.
  75. Yao, Q.; Li, C.-J. Development of an Indicator for the Direct Visualization of Radical Intermediates in Organic Reactions. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 11225-11228.
  76. Li, J.-S.; Qiu, Z.; Li, C.-J. Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of N-Cyclohexyl Anilines from Phenols with Hydrazine or Hydroxylamine via N-N/O Cleavage. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2017, 359, 3648–3653.
  77. Liu, W.; Li, C.-J. Recent Synthetic Applications of Catalyst-Free Photochemistry. Synlett. 2017, 28 , 2714-2754. (Invited review for special issue to honor V. Sniekus’ 80th Birthday)
  78. Hu, X.: Yang, X.; Dai, X.-J.; Li, C.-J. Palladium-Catalyzed Direct β-C-H Arylation of Ketones with Arylboronic Acids in Water. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2017, 359, 2402-2406.
  79. Zhou, Z.-z; Liu, M.; Li, C.-J. Selective Copper-N-Heterocyclic Carbene (Copper-NHC)-Catalyzed Aerobic Aleavage of β-1 Lignin Models to Aldehydes. ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 3344-3348.
  80. Zeng, H.; Qiu, Z.; Domínguez-Huerta, A.; Hearne, Z.; Chen, Z.; Li, C.-J. An Adventure in Sustainable Cross-Coupling of Phenols and Derivatives via Carbon–Oxygen Bond Cleavage. ACS Catal. 2017, 7 , 510-519. (Invited Account)
  81. Hearne, Z.; Li, C.-J. Palladium-Catalyzed Atom-Economical Synthesis of Conjugated Dienals from Terminal Acetylenes and Acrolein. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 6136-6139.
  82. Li, S.; Deng, G.-J.; Yin, F.; Li, C.-J.; Gong, H. Rhodium-Catalyzed Regiospecific C–H Ortho-Phenylation of Benzoic Acids with Cu/Air as an Oxidant. Org. Chem. Front. 2017, 4, 417-420.
  83. Huang, H.-Y.; Cheng, L.; Liu, J.-J.; Wang, D.; Liu, L.; Li, C.-J. Transition-Metal-Free Alkynylation of 2-Oxindoles through Radical-Radical Coupling. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 2656–2663.
  84. Zeng, H.; Pan, P.; Chen, J.; Gong, H.; Li, C.-J. C-C Bond Formation by Oxidative Ring-Opening Homocoupling of Cyclobutanols. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 6, 1070-1073.
  85. Gao, Y.; Gao, Y.; Wu, W.; Jiang, H.; Yang, ; Liu, W., Li, C.-J. Palladium-Catalyzed Tandem Oxidative Arylation/Olefination of Aromatic Tethered Alkenes/Alkynes. Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 793–797.


  86. Li, L.; Liu, W.; Mu, X.; Mi, Z.; Li, C.-J. Photo-Induced Iodination of Aryl Halides under Very Mild Conditions. Nature Protocols. 2016, 11, 1948-1954.
  87. Li, L.; Mu, X.; Liu, W.; Wang, Y.; Mi, Z.; Li, C.-J. Simple and Clean Photoinduced Aromatic Trifluoromethylation Reaction. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5809−5812.

  88. Dai, X.-J.; Li, C.-J. En Route to a Practical Primary Alcohol Deoxygenation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5433−5440. (Highlighted by Org. Chem. Highlights)
  89. Li, C.-J. Exploration of New Chemical Reactivities for Sustainable Molecular Transformations. Chem. 2016, 1, 423-437.
  90. Liu, M.; Li, C.-J. Catalytic Fehling’s Reaction: an Efficient Aerobic Oxidation of Aldehyde Catalyzed by Copper in Water. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 10806-10810. (Highlighted by Org. Chem. Highlights, May 20, 2017)
  91. Querard, P.; Perepichka, I.; Zysman-Colman, E.; Li, C.-J. Copper-Catalyzed Asymmetric sp3 C-H Arylation of Tetrahydroisoquinoline Mediated by a Visible Light Photoredox Catalyst. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2016, 12, 2636-2643. (Invited contribution for a special issue on Asymmetric Catalysis)
  92. Liu, W.; Chen, N.; Yang, X.; Li, L.; Li, C.-J. Dehydrative Condensation of Carbonyls with Non-Acidic Methylenes Enabled by Light: Synthesis of Benzofurans. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 13120-13123.
  93. Zhang H.;  Deng G.-J.; Li S.; Li, C.-J.; Gong, H. Non-Symmetrical Diarylcarboxylic Acids via Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed Regiospecific Cross-Dehydrogenation Coupling of Aromatic Acids: Twofold Direct C–H Bond Activations in Water. RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 91617-91620.
  94. Yang, X.; Liu, W.; Li, L.; Wei, W.; Li, C.-J. Photo-Induced Carboiodination: a Simple Way to Synthesize Functionalized Dihydrobenzofurans and Indolines. Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 15252-15256.
  95. Zhu, Y.-Q.; Liu, Y.; Wang, H. n.; Liu, W. b.; Li, C.-J. Reaction of Alkenecarboxylic Acids with Isocyanates via Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed C-H Activation: a Versatile Route to Cyclic Imides. Org. Chem. Front. 2016, 3, 971-974. (Invited contribution for Prof. Barry M. Trost’s 75th birthday)
  96. Zhi, H.; Ung, S. P.-M.; Liu, Y.; Zhao, L.; Li, C.-J. Phosphorylation of Glycine Derivatives via Copper(I)-Catalyzed Csp3–H Bond Functionalization. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2016, 358, 2553-2557.
  97. Liu, W.; Wang, H.; Li, C.-J. Metal-Free Markovnikov-Type Alkyne Hydration under Mild Conditions. Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 2184–2187.
  98. Renzetti, A.; Nakazawa, H.; Li, C.-J. Rhodium-Catalysed Tandem Dehydrogenative Coupling-Michael Addition: Direct Synthesis of Phthalides from Benzoic Acids and Alkenes. RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 40626–40630.
  99. Xia, Y. Y.; Chen, X. L.; Qu, L. B.; Sun, K; Xia, X. Y.; Fu, W. K.; Chen, X.; Yang, Y. K.; Zhao, Y. F.; Li, C.-J. Synthesis of β-Ketosulfones by Using Sulfonyl Chloride as a Sulfur Source. Asian J. Chem. 2016, 5, 878-881.
  100. Wang, P.-M.; Pu, F.; Liu, K-Y.; Li, C.-J.; Liu, Z.-W.; Shi, X.-Y.; Fan, J.; Yang, M.-Y.; Wei J.-F. Catalyst-Free Three-Component Tandem CDC Cyclization: Convenient access to Isoindolinones from Aromatic Acid, Amides, and DMSO by a Pummerer-Type Rearrangement. Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 6262–6267.
  101. Wu, H.-R.; Cheng, L.; Kong, D.-L.; Huang, H.-Y.; Gu, C.-L.; Liu, L.; Wang, D.; Li, C.-J. FeCl3-Mediated Radical Tandem Reactions of 3-Benzyl-2-Oxindoles with Styrene Derivatives for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Spirocyclohexene Oxindoles. Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 1382–1385.
  102. Li, C.-J. Reflection and Perspective on Green Chemistry Development for Chemical Synthesis Daoist Insights. Green Chem. 2016, 18, 1836-1838. (This article is part of the themed collection: “Happy silver anniversary”: Green Chemistry at 25)
  103. Li, A. Y.; Kaushik, M.; Li, C.-J.; Moores, A. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Magnetic Carboxymethyl Cellulose-Embedded Ag-Fe3O4 Nanocatalysts for Selective Carbonyl Hydrogenation. ACS Green Sust. Chem. 2016, 4, 965-973. (Invited Special Issue to Honor Rajender Varma)
  104. Liu, W.; Zhu, Y.; Li, C.-J. Pd-Catalyzed Homo Rross-Dehydrogenative Coupling of 2-Arylpyridines by Using I2 as the Sole Oxidant. Synthesis. 2016, 48, 1616-1621. (Invited Feature Article)
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  106. Shi, X.-Y.; Han, W.-J.; Li, C.-J. Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Direct Addition of Aryl C–H Bonds to Unsaturated Electrophiles. Chem. Rec. 2016, 16, 1178-1190. (Invited Account)
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