Research in Prof. Gang Li's lab includes transition-metal-catalyzed C–H bond activation reactions and small molecule activation. In C–H bond activation, the research is focused on site-selective C–H bond functionalizations of biologically important molecules using novel auxiliaries and catalysts, including auxiliaries for meta- and para-selective C–H activation of arenes. In small molecule activation, activation of carbon dioxide (CO2) is studied with C–H bond activation to produce important carboxylic acid derivatives. The ultimate goal of the Li group is to develop catalytic reactions for building up molecular complexity in a rapid and atom-economical fashion.
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