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  Xiaofeng’s book chapter “Hydrogenation and transfer hydrogenation in water” appeared in Metal-Catalyzed Reactions in Water, Wiley-VCH, 2013.
   
  Shifang’s book chapter “Reaction with aryl or hetaryl halides or pseudohalides” appeared in Science of Synthesis -  Cross Coupling and Heck-Type Reactions, Vol 3, Thieme, 2013.
   
  Two more book chapters from the group had appeared earlier in Science of Synthesis: “Reduction of carbonyl and imino groups” by Xiaofeng in Water in Organic Synthesis, and “Stereoselective reduction and imino groups” by Prof Lijin Xu and Xiaofeng in Stereoselective Synthesis Vol 2.  
   
  Weijun and Steven’s paper “Cooperative Catalysis through Noncovalent Interactions” has been online published in Angew Chem. Int. Ed. This paper was featured on Synfacts recently.
 
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  Jonathan’s paper “Long-Range Metal-Ligand Bifunctional Catalysis: Cyclometallated Iridium Catalysts for the Mild and Rapid Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid” has appeared online in Chem. Sci.:
 
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  *Many congratulations to Paul for passing his PhD viva.
   
  *Jianjun’s paper “Efficient and Chemoselective Reduction of Pyridines to Tetrahydropyridines and Piperidines via Rhodium-Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation” has been published online in Adv. Syn. Catal.:
 
   
  *Within the space of two weeks the group has said farewell to Barbara and Weijun. Barbara has taken up a new position in Leicester while Weijun continues his career in Hong Kong.
   
  *A warm welcome to Zhijun Wang who joins the group as a joint PhD candidate between DICP and University of Liverpool.
   
  *The group bid farewell to Prof Yanyun Li who returned to Xiamen University after a sucessful year visit to Liverpool.
   
  *The group welcomes Prof Longzhen Zheng, who joins the group from East China Jiao Tong University as a visiting scholar. 
   
  *Our Iridicycle-X series of catalysts have been commercialised by Yorkshire Process Technology Ltd and Strem.
   
  *Jianjun’s paper “The Remarkable Effect of a Simple Ion: Iodide-Promoted Transfer Hydrogenation of Heteroaromatics” has appeared in Chem Eur J.
   
  *Jianjun’s paper “The Remarkable Effect of a Simple Ion: Iodide-Promoted Transfer Hydrogenation of Heteroaromatics” has appeared in Chem Eur J.
   
  *Pauls paper "Feeding the Heck Reaction with Alcohol: One-Pot Synthesis of Stilbenes from Aryl Alcohols and Bromides" has been published in Adv. Syn. Catal.
   
  *Prof Xiao has been appointed Editor of J. Mol. Catal. A.: Chem.
   
  * Xiaowei’s paper “Varying the ratio of formic acid to triethylamine impacts on asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of ketones” has appeared in J. Mol. Catal. 
   
  * Many congratulations to Nelson for passing his PhD viva, achieving a distinction of "Very Good". Nelson's project was jointly supervised with Professor Amadeu Brigas of the University of Algarve.
   
  * Xiaofeng’s OBC Communication, “Accelerated asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of aromatic ketones in water”, is one of the top 10 most cited in OBC’s history!
   
  * Congratulations to Barbara for passing her PhD viva.
   
  * Congratulations go to Paul for his winning poster at the recent SCI conference: Challenges in Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals III.
   
  * Shifang’s review “Toward green catalytic synthesis - Transition metal-catalyzed reactions in non-conventional media” (J Mol. Catal. 2007, 270, 1-43) is in the Top 10 Cited articles published in the last five years.
   
  * A warm welcome to Jen and Edward who join the group as Ph. D. students. Both recently graduated from the University of Liverpool.
   
  * The group welcomes Prof Yanyun Li, who joins the group from Xiamen University as a visiting scholar.
   
  * The group bid farwell to Xiaowei Zhou, who recently returned to Xi'an Jiaotong University.
   
  * Paul’s Double Arylation of Allyl Alcohol paper has appeared in Org Lett.
 
   
  * Barbara and Chao’s Feature Article “Hydrogenation of imino bonds with half-sandwich metal catalysts” has appeared in ChemCommun.
   
 
   
  * An EPSRC/AstraZeneca Case PhD studentship is available for UK applicants. For details, please follow this link.
   
  * Congratulations go to Chao for passing his viva and we wish him luck in his new position in Xi'an.
   
  * The group is supporting the democratic revolution in Spain and Angela and Bárbara attended a rally in Liverpool.
   
  * Jiwu's review on how to make the Heck reaction regioselective has appeared in Acc. Chem. Res. This Account summarises the efforts made by several past and present group members over the past one decade or so. Thanks go to Prof Lijing Xu, Prof Jun Mo, Dr Shifang Liu, Dr Zeyn Hyder, Dr Matthew McConville and Paul Colbon. A big thanks goes to Dr Jon Iggo for his help and insight over the years. 
   
 
   
  * Congratulations to Yunfei for passing his viva and wish him the best of luck in his new position in Edinburgh.
   
  * The group bid a fond farewell to Jiwu after five productive years. Many thanks for all his contributions to the group.
   
  * The group welcomes Xiaowei Zhou who is a visiting Ph D. student from the group of Prof. Yang at Xi'an Jiaotong University.
   
  * A warm welcome to Xiaofeng for re-joining the group as a Research Associate.
   
  * Congratulations to Chao for receiving the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2010. Chaoqun, XiaoFeng and Jun Mo received the same award in 2008, 2006 and 2004, respectively.
   
  * Paul's paper "Direct Acylation of Aryl Chlorides with Aldehydes by Palladium−Pyrrolidine Co-catalysis" is one of the top three most accessed Organic Letters articles during the third quarter of 2010.
   
 
   
 
   
  * Check the group album to see our "Secret Santa" picture.
   
  * Jiwu's paper "Hydrogen-Bonding-Promoted Oxidative Addition and Regioselective Arylation of Olefins with Aryl Chlorides" has appeared in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
   
 
   
  * A warm welcome to Dinesh for joining us to carry out his PhD studies. Dinesh obtained his MChem degree from Kingston University, London.
   
 
* Matt's paper "Synthesis of oxygen heterocycles by regioselective Heck reaction" has been published in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.
 
   
  * Chao's paper "A Versatile Catalyst for Reductive Amination by Transfer Hydrogenation" has been published in Angewandte Chemie.
 
   
  * Barbara's paper "Bifunctional Catalysis: Direct Reductive Amination of Aliphatic Ketones with an Iridium-Phosphate Catalyst" has been published in the Special Issue "Bifunctional Catalysis" of Molecules
 
   
  * A warm welcome to Prof Yan for joining us as a visiting professor from Sun Yat-sen University.
   
  * A warm welcome to Jonathan for joining us as a Postdoctoral researcher. Jonathan obtained his Ph. D. from Durham University.
   
  * Congratulations to Barbara for winning the top poster prize at the first North West Organic Chemistry in Manchester >>>
   
  * A recent Angew. Chem. Highlights featured Chaoqun and Barbara’s JACS paper “Metal−Brønsted Acid Cooperative Catalysis for Asymmetric Reductive Amination”. This paper was also highlighted by SYNFACT.
 
   
  * Paul and Jiwu's paper "Direct Acylation of Aryl Chlorides with Aldehydes by Palladium−Pyrrolidine Co-catalysis" has been published in Organic Letters.
 
   
  * Congratulations to Matthew for successfully passing his Ph. D. viva.Please check our Group Album for photos.
   
  * Matthew’s Feature Article on Heck reaction has appeared on Synthesis.
 
   
  * Many congratulations to Chaoqun for successfully passing his Ph. D. viva.
   
  * A warm welcome to Angela for joining us as a Ph. D. student. Angela was graduated from the University of Oviedo in Spain.
   
 
* Welcome to Steven for joining the group as a Ph. D. student. Steven received his M. Chem. from the University of Manchester.
   
 
* Matthew's talk "Regioselective Heck Reactions for the Synthesis of Oxygen Heterocycles" at the RSC Dalton Meeting for the North West Division won the prize for "Best Talk" - Many Congratulations!
   
 
* Chao's paper "pH-Regulated Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation of Quinolines in Water" has been published in Angewandte Chemie. This paper has been recently highlighted by SYNFACT.
 
   
  * Jiwu's paper "[2.2]Paracyclophane-based monophosphine ligand for palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of aryl chlorides" has been published in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.
 
   
  * Matthew's talk "Regioselective Heck Reactions for the Synthesis of Oxygen Heterocycles" at the RSC Dalton Meeting for the North West Division won the prize for "Best Talk" - Many Congratulations!
   
  * Matthew’s paper on Regioselective Heck Vinylation of Electron-Rich Olefins has been published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry.
 
   
  * Congratulations to Chaoqun for recieving the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2008. XiaoFeng and Jun Mo received the same award in 2006 and 2004 respectively.
   
  * Having successfully defended her PhD thesis, Zeyn is now a Doctor – Many congratulations!>>>
   
  * Prof Xiao was awarded the UK Prize for Process Chemistry Research 2008 at the 26th SCI Process Development Symposium at Cambridge.
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  * Paul who recieved his M. Chem. from The University of Liverpool has joined our group as a Ph. D. student.
   
 
* Chaoqun's Chiral Counteranion-Aided Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Acyclic Imines has been published in the Journal of American Chemical Society. This paper has recently been highlighted by SYNFACT.
 
   
 
* Chaoqun's Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Cyclic Imines with an Ionic Cp*Rh(III) Catalyst has been published in the Journal of American Chemical Society. This paper has been highlighted by SYNFACT.
 
   
  * Chao and Xiaofeng's review on Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation has been published in Chemistry - An Asain Journal.
   
 
* Jiwu's Acylation of Aryl Bromides with Aldehydes has been published in the Journal of American Chemical Society. This paper has been highlighted by SYNFACT.
 
   
  * Xiaofeng and JianKe's Mechanistic Study on ATH in Water has been published in Chemistry-A European Journal.
 
   
  * Zeyn's Hydrogen-Bond-Directed Catalysis has been published in Chemistry-A European Journal.
   
  * Xiaofeng's iridium catalysis in water is on the cover of the inaugural issue of ChemSusChem.
   
  * Jiwu's oxygen and base free Oxidative Heck Reaction has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
 
  This paper has been highlighted by SYNFACTS for "its important insights".
   
  * Xiaofeng's Rh and Ir catalyzed ATH in water has been published in Chemistry-A European Journal.
   
   
 
* Our Heck reaction in ionic liquids is 3rd most cited paper published in Organometallics in the past 10 years.
 
 

* "Asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of ketones with a polymer-supported chiral diamine" is one of the "Top -50 most cited articles" from 2004 to 2007 in Tetrahedron Letters.

 
 
 
 
 
* Congradulations to Xiaofeng for recieving the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2006. Jun Mo recieved the same award in 2004.
   
 
* Highlights in Organic Chemistry Portal:
 
 
 
 
 
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