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Manganese-catalysed oxidation of silanes with H2O2 has appeared in Angewandte, as a VIP paper featured on the font cover. The work was carried out by Prof Chaoqun Li at the Shaanxi Normal University in collaboration with the Xiao group at Liverpool.

Angew Chaoqun Li

Congratulations to Paul, Jianjun and Jiwu for opening the Liverpool ChiroChemTaizhou new lab.

LCC Taizhou new lab

Angela`s paper "Boosting molecular complexity with O2" appeared in Chem. Eur. J. as a Hot Paper.

Dr Ramachandran Gunasekar joined the group as a KTP Associate working with LCC, from Prof Kitamura`s group in Nagoya University.

Ahmed successfully passed his PhD viva on 18 December. The group warmly congratulated Dr Ahmed for his excellent achievement!

Robina Begum finished her one year`s study and went back to Pakistan on October 2018.

Zhenyu Chen, Liangliang Zhao and Shiyu Zhang joined Xiao group, and started their PhD studies on September 2017.

Dr. Elliot Bennett, Dr. Zhiliang Huang, and Dr. Prashant Kumar joined Xiao group as postdoctoral.

Profs Jianliang Xiao and Tao Zhang have been awarded an International Collaboration Award by the Royal Society. Prof Zhang is at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, an Academician and Vice President of Chinese Academy of Sciences. We are now recruiting a Research Assistant to work on biomass conversion with molecular catalysts (3 years, to start in December 2017). For informal enquiry, email: j.xiao@liv.ac.uk

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Xiao group now:
(1) Homogeneous catalytic oxidation, three years funded by EPSRC.
(2) Homogeneous green catalysis in collaboration with Shaanxi Normal University, two to three years.  
For informal enquiries, email: j.xiao@liv.ac.uk  

Dr Jingya Yang of Northwest Normal University joined the group.

JLX won the university’s Excelling at Innovation Award thanks to LCC.  

Professor Yuqin Fu of Luoyang Normal University joined the group.

Congratulations to LCC for winning the prestigious Bionow Start Up of the Year Award 2015.   

Many congratulations to Jen for passing her PhD viva

Professor Lijin Xu of RenMin University is visiting the group

Dr Weiyou Zhou joined the group from Changzhou University

Liverpool ChiroChem wins Merseyside Innovation Award.

Angela’s full paper “Green and efficient: iron-catalyzed selective oxidation of olefins to carbonyls with O2” has appeared inJACS. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b03956
Professor Jun Jiang joined the group from WenZhou University

The group’s work on transfer hydrogenation in water, particularly that of Xiaofeng, Chao and Dinesh, has been highlighted by Dr Yanmei He and Professor Qinghua Fan in ChemCatChem: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/doi/10.1002/cctc.201402883/pdf

Professor Süleyman Gülcemal and Dr Derya Gülcemal joined the group as visiting scholars from Ege University.

Piyada Taboonpong joined the group as a visiting PhD student from Chulalongkorn University.

Dinesh’s paper “A Simple Iridicycle Catalyst for Efficient Transfer Hydrogenation of N-Heterocycles in Water” has appeared in Eur. Chem. J. This paper is featured as a Frontispiece and has been highlighted on ChemistryViews.

Dinesh’s paper “ Regioselective Acceptorless Dehydrogenative Coupling of N-Heterocycles towards Functionalized Quinolines, Phenanthrolines and Indoles” has appeared in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

Many congratulations to Dinesh for passing his PhD viva.

Lingjuan Zhang jointed the group from Renmin University.

Ahmed Aboo jointed the group from Iraq.

Dinesh’s paper “Versatile Iridicycle Catalysts for Highly Efficient and Chemoselective Transfer Hydrogenation of Carbonyl Compounds in Water” appeared in Eur Chem J.


Angela’s paper “Dehydrogenative a-Oxygenation of Ethers with an Iron Catalyst” has appeared in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

Congratulations to Angela for being awarded a SCI bursary for attending the ISACS14 Current Challenges in Organic Chemistry conference in Shanghai 2014
Warm congratulations to Angela for passing her PhD viva
Xiaofeng’s review “Reduction of C=O to CHOH by Metal-Catalyzed Hydrogenation and Transfer Hydrogenation” has appeared in a major reference book, Comprehensive Organic Synthesis II, Elsevier, 2014.

Congratulations to Jianjun for winning the Award “Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Studying Abroad” given by the China Scholarship Council.

Every Chinese PhD student from this group has been awarded in the past. Jianjun is the 5thto receive this honor. Previous winners are Dr Jun Mo (2004), Dr Xiaofeng Wu (2006), Dr Chaoqun Li (2008), and Prof Chao Wang (2010). Dr Yunfei Luo, jointly supervised, is also a winner.


Prof Yanyun Li, Shenluan Yu and Xiaofeng’s paper “Iron Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Ketones” has appeared in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

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A joint paper, “A General Method for the N-Methylation of Amines and Nitro Compounds with Dimethylsulfoxide”, between Prof Chao Wang of Shaanxi Normal University and Liverpool has appeared in Chem. Eur. J.

The paper, a CEJ Hot Paper, was highlighted by ChemistryViews and more recently by Synform.
Congratulations to Jianjun for successfully passing his viva on 15/01
Weijun and Steven's full paper "Cooperative Catalysis: Combining an Achiral Metal Catalyst with a Chiral Brønsted Acid Enables Highly Enantioselective Hydrogenation of Imines" has appeared in Chem. Eur. J. This paper has been highlighted by Synfacts.
Congratulations to Steven for successfully passing his viva on 19/12
Dinesh’s paper “Primary Amines by Transfer Hydrogenative Reductive Amination of Ketones by Using Cyclometalated IrIII Catalystshas appeared in Eur Chem J.
Weijun’s paper “Cyclometalated Iridium Complexes as Highly Active Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of Imines” has appeared in Synlett.
Professor Takao Ikariya visited the group and Department on 6 September.
Congratulations to Barbara: her paper "A highly active cyclometallated iridium catalyst for the hydrogenation of imines" has been selected as an Org. Biomol. Chem. HOT Article. It has also been highlighted on the OBC blog.
Weijun and Steven's full paper "Cooperative Catalysis: Combining an Achiral Metal Catalyst with a Chiral Brønsted Acid Enables Highly Enantioselective Hydrogenation of Imines" has appeared in Chem. Eur. J. 
Weijun and Steven's full paper "Cooperative Catalysis: Combining an Achiral Metal Catalyst with a Chiral Brønsted Acid Enables Highly Enantioselective Hydrogenation of Imines" has appeared in Chem. Eur. J. 
Prof Noyori visited Liverpool on 18/07 and talked with members of the group. Photos are found in the group album.
The group bid farewell to both Jonathan and Ory.

Jianjun and Dinesh’s paper “Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Nitrogen Heterocycles with a Versatile Iridium Catalyst” has appeared in Angew Chem. Int. Ed.:  


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