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40 "Utilization of renewable formic acid from lignocellulosic biomass for the selective hydrogenation and/or N-methylation", Chao-Zheng Zhou, Yu-Rou Zhao, Fang-Fang Tan, Yan-Jun Guo, and Yang Li*, ChemCatChem, 2021. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.202101099.

39 "Practical DMSO-promoted selective hydrolysis-oxidation of lignocellulosic biomass to formic acid attributed to hydrogen bonds ", Yan-Jun Guo, Shi-Jun Li, Yuan-Li Sun, Lei Wang, Wen-Min Zhang, Ping Zhang, Yu Lan* and Yang Li*, Green Chemistry, 2021, 23, 7041 - 7052

38 "Formic Acid Disproportionation into Formaldehyde Trigged by Vanadium Complexes With Iridium Catalysis Under Mild Conditions in the N-methylation ", Chao-zheng Zhou, Yu-Rou Zhao, Yan-Jun Guo, Ping Zhang and Yang Li*, Green Chemistry, 2021, 23, 2918 - 2924.

37 "Visible-light photoredox-catalyzed C-O bond cleavage of diaryl ethers by acridinium photocatalysts at room temperature ", Fang-Fang Tan, Xiao-Ya He, Wan-Fa Tian, and Yang Li.*, NATURE COMMUNICATIONS | (2020) 11: 6126. (Highlighted by Synfacts 2021; 17(03): 0290. DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1720316)

36 "Across the Board: Yang Li on Visible-Light Photoredox Catalysis", Li, Y.*, ChemSusChem 2020. DOI:10.1002/cssc.202001499.


35 "Visible-Light Photoredox-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Alkylation of Heteroarenes Using Carboxylic Acids with Hydrogen Release", Tian, W. -F., Hu,C.-H., He, K.-H., He, X.-Y. and Li, Y.*, Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 6930-6935.


34“ Utilization of Hydrogen Source from Renewable Lignocellulosic Biomass for Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes"Tan, F.-F.; Tang, K.-L.; Zhang, P.; Guo, Y.-J.; Qu, M-N; Li, Y.*ChemCatChem 201911, 4189-4195.

33  Streamlined Hydrogen Production from Biomass", Zhang, P.; Guo, Y.-J.; Chen, J.; Zhao, Y.-R.; Chang, J.; Junge, H, Beller, M.*, Li, Y.*, Nat. Catal. 2018, 1, 332-338(Highlighted by Chemistry World and reported by Chemical Science Department of National Natural ScienceFund


32  “ Visible-light Photoredox-Catalyzed Iminyl Radical Formation by N-H Cleavage with Hydrogen Release and Its Application in Synthesis of Isoquinolines" , Tian, W. -F.,  Wang, D.-P., Wang, S.-F. , He, K.-H., Cao, X.-P. and  Li, Y.*Org. Lett., 2018, 20, 1421−1425.


31 “ An Efficient Aryl Migration from an Aryl Ether to Ester Ether by Visible-Light Photoredox Catalysis" , Wang, S.-F. , Cao, X.-P. * and  Li, Y.*Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 2017, 56,13809-13813 (Highlighted by Synfacts,2017,13, 1317).

30 “ Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of N-Heterocycles by Merging Visible-Light Photoredox Catalysis and Cobalt Catalysis",He, K.-H.; Tan, F.-F.; Zhou, C.-Z.; Zhou, G.-J.; Yang, X.-L.; Li, Y.*,Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 2017, 56, 3080-3084(Highlighted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 201756,7716-7718,Chin. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 37, 1051).

29 Redox-Divergent Hydrogen-Retentive or Hydrogen-Releasing Synthesis of 3,4-Dihydroisoquinolines or Isoquinolines", He, K.-H.; Zhang, W.-D.; Yang, M.-Y.; Tang, K.-L.; Qu, M.; Ding, Y.-S.; Li, Y.* , Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 2840-2843.


28  “ Rhodium-catalyzed Inert Chemical Bonds Transformation and Related Mechanism Investigation”,  Li, Y. *; Shi, Z.-J. *, Sci. Sin. Chem., 2016, 46, 579-587 (Invited Paper).


 26  “Oxidant-Free Dehydrogenative Coupling Reactions via Hydrogen Evolution”, He, K-H.; Li, Y.*, ChemSusChem, 2014, 7, 2788-2790. 




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27 “Group Exchange between Ketones and Carboxylic Acids through Directing Group Assisted Rh-catalyzed Reorganization of Carbon Skeletons ”, Lei, Z.-Q.; Pan, F.; Li, H.; Li, Y.; Zhang,X.-S.; Chen, K.; Wang, X.; Li, Y.-X.; Sun, J.; Shi, Z.-J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 5012-5020.


25 “Efficient and Selective Hydrogen Generation from Bioethanol using Ruthenium Pincer-type Complexes”, Sponholz, P.; Mellmann, D.; Cordes, C.; Alsabeh, P. G.; Li, B.; Li, Y.; Nielsen, M.; Junge, H.; Dixneuf , P.; Beller M. ChemSusChem, 2014, 7, 2419-2422.


24 “Selective Ruthenium-catalyzed Methylation of 2-Arylethanols using Methanol as C1 Feedstock”, Li, Y.; Li, H.;Junge, H.; Beller, M. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 14991.



23 “Ruthenium-catalyzed Hydrogen Generation from Glycerol and Selective Synthesis of Lactic Acid”, Li, Y.; Nielsen, M.; Li,  B.; Dixneuf, P. H.; Junge, H.; Beller, M. Green Chem, 2015, 17, 193.


22 “A Molecular-defined Iridium Catalyst for Direct Hydrogen Production from Monosaccharides, Disaccharide, Cellulose and  Lignocellulose”, Li, Y.; Sponholz, P.; Nielsen, M.;Junge, H.; Beller, M. ChemSusChem, 2015, 8, 804.


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21 “Copper-catalyzed Trifluoromethylation of Aryl- and Vinylboronic Acids with Generation of CF3-radicals”, Li, Y.; Wu, L.; Neumann, H.; Beller, M. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 2628 (ESI highly cited paper).


20 “Olefinic C–H Bond Addition to Aryl Aldehyde and Its N-Sulfonylimine via Rh Catalysis Li, Y.; Zhang, X.-S.; Zhu, Q.-L.; Shi, Z.-J. Org. Lett.2012, 14, 636.


19 “Mechanistic Insight into the Regioselective Palladation of Indole Derivatives: Tetranuclear Indolyl Palladacycles with High C2−Pd or C3−Pd Bond Selectivity”, Li, Y.; Wang, W.-H.; He, K.-H.; Shi, Z.-J. Organometallics 2012, 31, 4397.


18 “Mechanistic Understanding of Rh-Catalyzed N-Sulfonylaldimine Insertion to Aryl C-H Bonds”, Li, Y.; Zhang, X.-S.; Li,  H.; Wang, W.-H.; Chen, K.; Li, B.-J.; Shi, Z.-J. Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 1634 (ESI highly cited paper).


The video for the reaction mechanism (It is easier played by Google Explorer,Firefox Explorer):



17 “N-Directing Group Assisted Rhodium-Catalyzed Aryl C-H Addition to Aryl Aldehydes”, Li, Y.; Zhang, X.-S.; Chen, K.; He, K.-H.; Pan, F.; Li, B.-J.; Shi, Z.-J. Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 636 (ESI highly cited paper).



16 “Rhodium-Catalyzed Direct Addition of Aryl C-H Bonds toN-Sulfonyl Aldimines”, Li, Y.; Li, B.-J.; Wang, W.-H.; Huang, W.-P.; Zhang, X.-S.; Chen. K.; Shi, Z.-J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 2115 (ESI highly cited paper).


15 “Oxidative Dimerization of N-Protected and Free Indole Derivatives toward 3,3´-Biindoles viaPd-catalyzed Direct C–H Transformations”, Li, Y.; Wang, W.-H.; Yang, S.-D.; Li, B.-J.; Feng, C.; Shi, Z.-J. Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 4553.


14 “Total Synthesis and Correct Absolute Configuration of Malyngamide U”, Li, Y.; Feng, J.-P.; Wang, W.- H.; Chen, J.; Cao, X.-P. J. Org. Chem. 2007,72, 2344 (most-accessed article for the full year of 2007).

13 “Rh-Catalyzed C-C Cleavage of Benzyl/Allylic Alcohols to Produce Benzyl/Allylic Amines or Other Alcohols by Nucleophilic Addition of Intermediate Rhodacycles to Aldehydes and Imines ”, Zhang, X.-S.; Li, Y.; Li, H.; Chen, K; Lei,  Z.-Q.; Shi, Z.-J. Chem. Eur. J. 2012,18, 16214.

12 “Reductive Cleavage of the Csp2-Csp3 Bond of Secondary Benzyl Alcohols: Rhodium Catalysis Directed by N-Containing Groups”, Chen, K.; Li, H.; Lei, Z.-Q.; Li, Y.; Ye, W.-H.; Zhang, L.-S.; Sun, J.; Shi, Z.-J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012,51, 9851.

11 “Direct Oxidative Arylation via Rhodium-Catalyzed C-C Bond Cleavage of Secondary Alcohols with Arylsilanes”, Chen, K.; Li, H.; Li, Y.; Zhang, X.-S.; Lei, Z.-Q.; Shi, Z.-J. Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 1645.

10 “Extrusion of CO from Aryl Ketones: Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed C-C Bond Cleavage Directed by a Pyridine Group”, Lei, Z.-Q.; Li, H.; Li, Y.; Zhang, X.-S.; Chen, K.; Wang, X.; Sun, J.; Shi, Z.-J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012,51, 2690.

9 “Pyridinyl Directed Alkenylation with Olefins via Rh(III)-Catalyzed C–C Bond Cleavage of Secondary Arylmethanols”, Li; H.; Li, Y.; Zhang, X.-S.; Chen, K.; Wang, X.; Shi, Z.-J. .J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 15244.

8 “An Improved Asymmetric Synthesis of Malyngamide U and Its 2΄-Epimer”, Feng, J.-P.; Shi, Z.-F.; Li, Y.; Zhang, J.-T.; Qi, X.-L.; Chen, J.; Cao, X.-P. J. Org. Chem. 2008,73, 6873.

7 “A Stereoselective Synthesis of (4E,7S)-(–)-7-Methoxydodec-4-enoic Acid”, Li, Y.; Chen, J.; Cao, X.-P. Synthesis 2006, 320.

6 “First Stereoselective Synthesis of Serinol-derived Malyngamidesand Their 1΄-epi-isomers”, Chen, J.; Li, Y.; Cao, X.-P. Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 2006, 17, 933.

5 “The First Total Synthesis of Phebaclavin A and C”, Zhang, Y.; Liu, D.; Li, Y.; Cao, X.-P. Chin. J. Chem. 2005, 23, 1453.

4 “Stereoselective Synthesis of Naturally Occurring Unsaturated Amide Alkaloids by a Modified Ramberg-Bäcklund Reaction”, Li, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Huang, Z.; Cao, X.-P.; Gao, K. Can. J. Chem. 2004, 82, 622.

3 “Stereoselective Synthesis of Piperamide Alkaloids by a Modified Ramberg-Bäcklund Reaction”, Li, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, X.-L.; Huang, Z.; Cao, X.-P. Chin. Chem. Lett.2004, 15, 631.

2 “Stereoselective Synthesis of (Z)-5-(Trideca-4-enyl) Resorcinol and Gibbilimbols A–D”, Zhou, L.; Li, Y.; Cao, X.-P. Chin. J. Chem. 2004, 22, 1344.

1  “A Novel Practical Reaction of α,βUnsaturated Esters and Ketones with Lithium Aluminum Hydride”, Li, Y.; Wang, F.; Cao, X.-P. Acta Chimica Sinica 2003, 61, 279.