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Front: Zhitong Zheng, Hongyi Chen, Dr. Kegong Ji, Zhixun Wang
Back: Dr. Renhua Zheng, Dr. Jiabin Li, Dr. Guojun Pan, Yanzhao Wang, Youliang Wang, Jeremy Friedman, Dr. Liming Zhang
Not in the picture: Jonathan Nelson

 
Group News
   
  04/08/2014

Yanzhao Wang, Zhixun Wang, Yuxue Li, Gongde Wu and Zheng Cao's paper titled "A general ligand design for gold catalysis allowing ligand-directed anti-nucleophilic attack of alkynes" is now online!

  03/20/2014

Jiabin Li, Kegong Ji, Renhua Zheng, Jonathan Nelson's paper titled "Expanding the horizon of intermolecular trapping of in situ generated α-oxo gold carbenes: efficient oxidative union of allylic sulfides and terminal alkynes via C–C bond formation" is now online!


  03/02/2014

Our first cover page is online! Congratulations to Kegong and thanks for Zhixun's work on the cover art!

  02/13/2014

Kegong Ji's paper titled "A non-diazo strategy to cyclopropanation via oxidatively generated gold carbene: The benefit of a conformationally rigid P,N-bidentate ligand" is now online!

  01/31/2014

Zhitong Zheng, Hangfei Tu's paper titled "One-Pot Synthesis of Fused Pyrroles through a Key Gold-Catalysis-Triggered Cascade" is now online!

  01/16/2014

Dr. Liming Zhang's paper titled "A Non-Diazo Approach to α-Oxo Gold Carbenes via Gold-Catalyzed Alkyne Oxidation" is now online!

  09/27/2013

Our invited paper, Kegong Ji and Jonathan Nelson's "Gold-catalyzed regioselective oxidation of propargylic carboxylates: a reliable access to α-carboxy-α,β-unsaturated ketones/aldehydes" is now online!

  09/26/2013 Graduate student Hongyi Chen and visiting scholar Dr. Renhua Zheng have joined our lab. Welcome!
  06/21/2013

Youliang Wang, Akop Yepremyan, Subir Ghorai, Robert Todd, and Donald H. Aue's paper titled "Gold-Catalyzed Cyclizations of cis-Enediynes: Insights into the Nature of Gold–Aryne Interactions" is now online!

  06/03/2013

Biao Lu, Yuxue Li, Youliang Wang, Donald H. Aue, and Yingdong Luo's paper titled "[3,3]-Sigmatropic Rearrangement versus Carbene Formation in Gold-Catalyzed Transformations of Alkynyl Aryl Sulfoxides: Mechanistic Studies and Expanded Reaction Scope" is now online!

  05/03/2013

Kegong Ji and Yulong Zhao's paper titled "Optimizing P,N-Bidentate Ligands for Oxidative Gold Catalysis: Efficient Intermolecular Trapping of α-Oxo Gold Carbenes by Carboxylic Acids" is now online.

  04/30/2013 Dr. Guojun Pan has joined our lab. Welcome!
  01/14/2013 Visiting scholar Dr. Jiabin Li has joined our lab. Welcome!
  11/08/2012

Yanzhao Wang and Lianzhu Liu's paper titled "Combining Zn ion catalysis with homogeneous gold catalysis: an efficient annulation approach to N-protected indoles" is now online.

  11/01/2012 Visting scholar Dr. Yulong Zhao has joined our lab. Welcome!
 

10/05/2012

Yingdong Luo and Kegong Ji's paper titled "Tempering the Reactivities of Postulated α-Oxo Gold Carbenes by Bidentate Ligands: Implication of Tricoordinated Gold Intermediates and the Development of an Expedient Bimolecular Assembly of 2,4-Disubstituted Oxazoles" is now online.

  09/26/2012 Graduate students Zhixun Wang and Zhitong Zheng have joined our lab. Welcome!
  09/26/2012 Visting scholars Dr. Gongde Wu and Tao Zheng have joined our lab. Welcome!
  09/25/2012

Zeyi Yan and Yuanjing Xiao's paper titled "Gold-Catalyzed One-Step Construction of 2,3-Dihydro-1H-Pyrrolizines with an Electron-Withdrawing group in the 5-position: A Formal Synthesis of 7-Methoxymitosene" is highlighted in Synfacts

  09/25/2012 Lianzhu Liu's paper titled " Access to Electron-Rich Arene-Fused Hexahydroquinolizinones through Gold-Catalysis Initiated Cascade Process" is highlighted in Synfacts
  08/23/2012

Yuanjing Xiao's paper titled "Synthesis of Bicyclic Imidazoles via [2 + 3] Cycloaddition between Nitriles and Regioselectively Generated α-Imino Gold Carbene Intermediates" is now online.

  07/30/2012

Zeyi Yan and Yuanjing Xiao's paper titled "Gold-Catalyzed One-Step Construction of 2,3-Dihydro-1H-Pyrrolizines with an Electron-Withdrawing group in the 5-position: A Formal Synthesis of 7-Methoxymitosene" is now online

  07/05/2012

Lianzhu Liu and Yanzhao Wang's paper titled " Formal Synthesis of 7-Methoxymitosene and Synthesis of its Analog via a Key PtCl2-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization" is now online.

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  06/12/2012

Lianzhu Liu's paper titled " Access to Electron-Rich Arene-Fused Hexahydroquinolizinones through a Gold-Catalysis-Initiated Cascade Process" is now online.

 
01/16/2012
Sam Willardson has joined our lab for this semester. Welcome Sam.
 
01/15/2012

Yanzhao Wang, Kegong Ji, and Sylvester Lan's paper titled "Rapid Access to Chroman-3-ones through Gold-Catalyzed Oxidation of Propargyl Aryl Ethers" is now online.

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12/10/2011

Dr. Longwu Ye, Yangzhao Wang's work on the "Experimental and Computational Evidence for Gold Vinylidenes: Generation from Terminal Alkynes via a Bifurcation Pathway and Facile C–H Insertions" is now online.

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  11/01/2011 Drs. Yuanjing Xiao and Brendan D'Souza joined our group. Welcome.
 

 

09/28/2011

Sheng, Julian, and Yingdong's paper titled "Gold-Catalyzed Regioselective Dimerization of Aliphatic Terminal Alkynes" is now online.

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  09/27/2011 Congratulations to Eric! Eric is awarded Imerys North America Scholarship.
  08/16/2011

Weimin He's work, 'Weimin He, Chaoqun Li, and Liming Zhang. "An Efficient [2 + 2 + 1] Synthesis of 2,5-Disubstituted Oxazoles via Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Alkyne Oxidation" is highlighted by Synfacts!

  08/16/2011

Dr. Guozhu Zhang's work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Heteroannulation Route of N-Allyl Ureas to Tricyclic Indolines' is highlighted by synfacts!

  08/08/2011 Dr. Kegong Ji joined our group. Welcome Kegong!
  07/23/2011 Sheng Sun joined our group as a first year graduate student. Welcome Sheng!
  07/11/2011 Youliang Wang joined our group as a first year graduate student. Welcome Youliang!
  06/10/2011

Dr. Longwu Ye's work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Stereoselective Synthesis of Azetidin-3-ones' is hihlighted by Synfact.

  06/08/2011 Congratulations to Dr. Biao Lu, Yingdong Luo, Dr. Liuzhu Liu, Dr. Longwu Ye and Yanzhao Wang, their work, 'Reactivity Umpolung at the Indole 3-Position via Gold Catalysis' is accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
  05/16/2011 Dr. Zeyi Yan Joined our group. Welcome Zeyi!
  05/01/2011 Congratulations to Weimin He and Dr. Chaoqun Li, their work, 'An Efficient [2 + 2 + 1] Synthesis of 2,5-Disubstituted Oxazoles via Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Alkyne Oxidation' is accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. [Link]
  03/07/2011 Congratulations to Dr. Guozhu Zhang. Guozhu successfully defends his dissertation.
  02/26/2011 Dr. Lianzhu Liu joined our group. Welcome Lianzhu!
  02/14/2011 Congratulations to Dr. Chaoqun Li, his work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Nitrene Transfer to Activated Alkynes: Formation of α, β-Unsaturated Amidines' is accepted by Org. Lett.
  02/02/2011 Congratulations to Guozhu, Yingdong and Yangzhao. Their work, 'Combining Au(I)/Au(III) Catalysis and C-H Functionalization: An
Intramolecular Formal [3+2] Annulation towards Tricyclic Indolines and Mechanistic Studies' is accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
  01/18/2011 Congratulations to Longwu and Weimin. Their work, 'A Flexible and Stereoselective Synthesis of Azetidine-3-one via A Key Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Alkyne Oxidation ' is accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
  11/01/2010 Congratulations to Yanzhao Wang and Dr. Biao Lu. Their work, "The use of Br/Cl to promote regioselective gold-catalyzed rearrangement of propargylic carboxylates: an efficient synthesis of (1Z, 3E)-1-bromo/chloro-2-carboxy-1,3-dienes" is accepted as a communication to Chem. Commun.
  09/17/2010 Congratulations to Drs. Biao Lu and Chaoqun Li, their work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Highly Regioselective Oxidation of C-C Triple Bonds Without Acid Additive: Propargyl Moieties as Masked α,β-Unsaturated Carbonyls', is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc..[link]
  09/03/2010 The whole group moves into our new home at PSNB 1622!!!!!!!!!! [pictures]
  08/31/2010 Congratulations to Drs. Li Cui and Chaoqun Li, their work, 'A Modular, Efficient, and Stereoselective Synthesis of Substituted Piperidin-4-ols' is accepted as a communication to Angew. Chem.[link]
  06/15/2010 Yingdong Luo, a first-year graduate student, joined the group. Welcome Yingdong
  05/26/2010 Congratulations to Longwu and Weimin. Their work, 'Gold-Catalyzed One-Step Practical Synthesis of Oxetan-3-ones from Readily Available Propargylic Alcohols' is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc. [link]
  05/10/2010 Congratulations to Guozhu. He is awarded the Dean's Fellowship for 2010-2011
  03/31/2010 Guozhu's recent work, 'Homogeneous Gold-Catalyzed Oxidative Carboheterofunctionalization of Alkenes' is highlighted by Synfacts.
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  03/21/2010 Congratulations to Drs Li Cui and Longwu Ye. Their work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Efficient Synthesis of Azepan-4-Ones via a Two-Step [5+2] Annulation', is accepted to Chemical Communication. [Link]
  03/08/2010 An account by Shaozhong and Guozhu, 'Gold-Catalyzed Reaction of Propargylic Carboxylates via an Initial 3,3-Rearrangement', is published. [Link]
  03/01/2010 Dr. Chaoqun Li joined the group. Welcome Chaoqun!
  02/25/2010 Mr. Weimin He joined the job as a visiting scholar.
  02/12/2010 Congratulations to Longwu, Li Cui, Guozhu. Their work, 'Alkynes as Equivalent of α-Diazo Ketones in Generating α-Oxo Metal Carbenes: A Gold-Catalyzed Expedient Synthesis of Dihydrofuran-3-ones', is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  01/01/2010 Dr. Biao Lu joined the group. Welcome Biao!
  12/30/2009 Congratulations to Guozhu, Li Cui and Yangzhao, their work,'Homogeneous Gold-Catalyzed Oxidative Carboheterofunctionalization of Alkenes', is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc.
 

11/08/2009

Dr. Ye's work, 'Practical Synthesis of Linear a-Iodo/Bromo-a,b-unsaturated aldehydes/ketones from Propargylic Alcohols via Au/Mo Bimetallic Catalysis' is highlighted by Synfacts

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  09/12/2009 The work by Drs. Cui and Peng, 'A Two-Step, Formal [4+2] Approach toward Piperidin-4-ones via Au Catalysis' is highlighted by Synfacts
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  07/20/2009 Congratulations to Dr. Longwu Ye. His work, 'Practical Synthesis of Linear a-Iodo/Bromo-a,b-unsaturated aldehydes/ketones from Propargylic Alcohols via Au/Mo Bimetallic Catalysis', is accepted by Org. Lett.
  07/14/2009 Sansan's work, "One-Pot Synthesis of Arene-Fused 2-Acylcyclohexenones from Propargylic Carboxylates", as an invited contribution to the 90th anniversary of Nankai University, is aacepted. This is our first paper done by an undergraduate student! Congratulations to Sansan.
  07/08/2009 The group has settled in Chem 1056A and is fully functional now.
  0703/2009 Celebration of the group relocation. [pictures]
  07/02/2009 Yanzhao Wang joins the group as a first year student. Welcome Yanzhao!
  07/01/2009 Our group moves to UC Santa Barbara!
  05/26/2009 Congratulations to Dr. Cui and Peng. Their work, 'A Two-Step, Formal [4+2] Approach toward Piperidin-4-ones via Au Catalysis' is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  04/09/2009 New! Our work on gold-catalyzed oxidative cross-coupling reactions is highlighted by Nature Chemistry. [Link]
  04/01/2009 Congratulations to Dr. Cui and Guozhu. Their work, 'Homogeneous gold-catalyzed efficient oxidative dimerization of propargylic acetates', as an invited contribution to a Symposium-in-Print (SIP) in honor of Professor Carlos F. Barbas, the 2009 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, is published.
  03/07/2009 Congratulations to Dr. Peng, Dr. Cui, and Guozhu. Their work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Homogeneous Oxidative C-O Bond Formation: Efficient Synthesis of 1-Benzoxyvinyl Ketones', is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc..
  02/28/2008 The group celebrates Dr. Zhang's Sloan Fellowship at Szechuan Garden. [Newpictures]
  02/27/2009 Congratulations to Guozhu, Dr. Peng, and Dr. Cui. Their work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Homogeneous Oxidative Cross -Coupling Reactions', is accepted as a communication to Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
  02/16/2009 New! Congratulations to Dr. Zhang. He is awarded 2009 Sloan Research Fellowship. Many thanks to the Sloan Foundation. [press][complete list][UNR news release]
  02/05/2009 Congratulations to Dr. Li Cui, Guozhu Zhang, and Dr. Yu Peng. Their work, 'Gold or No Gold: One-Pot Synthesis of Tetrahydrobenz[b]azepin-4-ones from tertiary N-(but-3-ynyl)anilines', is accepted as a communication to Organic Letters
  01/14/2009 Congratulations to Meng Yu and Guozhu Zhang. A full article of their work, 'Gold-catalyzed efficient preparation of linear α-haloenones from propargylic acetates', is now published in Tetrahedron.
  12/23/2008 Congratulations to Dr. Zhang. He has been recognized with the Spring 2009 CAPA Distinguished Junior Faculty Award. CAPA is Chinese American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professor Association.
  12/04/2008 2008 Thanksgiving Party photos.
  11/02/2008 Soma Maitra joins the group. Welcome! Soma.
  11/01/2008 Congratulations to Dr. Peng and Meng Yu. Their work of 'Au-Catalyzed Synthesis of 5,6-Dihydro-8H-indolizin-7-ones from N-(Pent-2-en-4-ynyl)-b-Lactams' is published in Organic Letters.
  09/02/2008 Dr. Li Cui joins the group. Dr. Cui received her Ph. D. degree from SUNY- Stony Brook in 2006.
  08/31/2008 Congratulations to Xiaogen. His work of 'Unusual Au(III)-Catalyzed Dimerization of Benzoxazol-2-yloxy Enynes: Formation of Substituted 1,5-Cyclooctadienes' is accepted as a communication to J. Organometallic Chemistry.
  08/12/2008 Congratulations to Guozhu. His work of 'Au-Containing All-Carbon 1,3-Dipoles: Generation and [3+2] Annulation Reactions' is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  08/08/2008 Congratulations to Meng Yu. She passed her M. S. defense.
  07/03/2008 Dr. Yu Peng joins the group. Dr. Peng received his Ph. D. degree from Lanzhou University, P. R. China.
  05/01/2008 Congratulations to Guotao and Xiaogen. Their work of ' Au(I)-Catalyzed Efficient Synthesis of Functionalized Bicyclo[3.2.0]heptanes' is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  04/14/2008 Dr. Zhang is the recipient of "2007 Mousel-Feltner Award for Excellence in Research and/or Creative Activity" from UNR
  03/20/2008 Dr. Zhang is awarded the NSF CAREER Award.
  03/17/2008 Dr. Zhang is the recipient of 2008 Amgen Young Investigator's Award
  02/13/2008 Congratulations to Guotao and Guozhu. Their work of 'Au-Catalyzed Synthesis of (1Z, 3E)-2-Pivaloxy-1,3-Dienes from Propargylic Pivalates' is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  12/17/2007 Congratulations to Guozhu, Xiaogen and Guotao. Their work of 'Au-Containing All-Carbon 1,4-Dipoles' is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  12/05/2007 Dr. Zhang is given an unrestricted grant by Merck & Co. , Inc. Thanks Merck process for the kind support.
  12/04/2007 Dr. Zhang is awarded the Thieme Journal Award
  09/25/2007 Congratulations to Guotao and Xiaogen, their work "Pt-Catalyzed Reaction of N-(2-Alkynylphenyl)lactams: Formation of Cyclic Ketone-Fused Substituted Indoles" is accepted as a communication to Angew. Chem.
  09/21/2007 Congratulations to Xiaogen, his work "AuCl-Catalyzed Synthesis of Benzyl-Protected Substituted Phenols: A Formal [3+3] Approach" is accepted for publication at Organic Letters.
 
  08/15/2007 Congratulations to Guozhu. His work "PtCl2-Catalyzed Rapid Access to Tetracyclic 2,3-Indoline-fused Cyclopentenes: Reactivity Divergent from Cationic Au(I) Catalysis and Synthetic Potential" is accepted as a communication to J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  05/17/2007 Dr. Zhang is awarded Junior Faculty Research Grant at University of Nevada, Reno.
  04/24/2007 Congratulations to Guotao. His work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Intramolecular Redox Reaction of Sulfinyl Alkynes: Efficient Generation of α-Oxo Gold Carbenoids and Application in Insertion into R-CO Bonds' is accepted as a communication to Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.
  04/23/2007 Congratulations to Meng and Guozhu. Their work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Efficient Preparation of Linear α-Iodoenones from Propargylic Acetates', is accepted to Organic Letters.
  04/13/2007 Congratulations to Xiaogen. His recent work, ' Two-Step Formal [3+2] Cycloaddition of Enones/Enals and Allenyl MOM Ether:   Gold-Catalyzed Highly Diastereoselective Synthesis of Cyclopentanone Enol Ether Containing an All-Carbon Quaternary Center', is accepted as a communication to JACS
  04/12/2007 Dr. Zhang is a recepient of Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2007.
  02/26/2007 Our article, “Efficient Synthesis of Cyclopentenones from Enynyl Acetates via Tandem Au(I)-Catalyzed 3,3-Rearrangement and the Nazarov Reaction was the #5 most-cited article in 2006 published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society as reported by Thomson ISI’s Web of Science (http://pubs.acs.org/journals/jacsat/promo/most/most_cited/2006.html).
  02/16/2007 Congratulations to Meng, Guotao and Shaozhong. Their work, 'Gold-Catalyzed Efficient Formation of α,β-Unsaturated Ketones from Propargylic Acetates', is accepted as a communication to Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.
 

09/27/2006

Congratulations to Shaozhong. His work, "A Gold-Catalyzed Unique Cycloisomerization of 1,5-Enynes: Efficient Formation of 1-Carboxycyclohexa-1,4-dienes and Carboxyarenes", is accepted as a communication to JACS
  09/25/2006 Dr. Xiaogen Huang joins the group. He received his Ph. D. from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2004.
  09/14/2006 Dr. Zhang presents a talk titled " Exploring Au Catalysis: Development of Efficient Synthetic Methods" at ACS national meeting at San Francisco.
  09/12/2006 Second-year graduate students Myoung-Geun Song and Meng Yu present posters at ACS national meeting at San Francisco
  09/02/2006 Dr. Shaozhong leaves the group to reassume the position of Associate Professor at the Dept. of Chemistry, Nanjing University, P. R. China.
  09/01/2006 Congratulations to Shaozhong. His work on Au-catalyzed alkenyl enol esters/carbonate formation appears at Org. Lett. ASAP
  08/01/2006 Dr. Guotao Li joins the group. He received his Ph. D. from Peking University in 2004