Yun Li

Ph.D., Associate Professor


Yun Li completed his undergraduate studies at Sichuan University in 2004. He pursued in Ph. D. studies under the supervision of Prof. Yikang Wu at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) where he worked on the synthesis of antimalarial peroxy bond containing natural products (Artemisinin, Plakoric acids) and their analogs. After completing his doctorate in 2009, Yun spent 3 years (2009-2012) as a postdoctoral researcher at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) where he involved in early-stage drug discovery project. In July 2012, he accepted a position as Associate Professor at Lanzhou University.

Representative Publications

(1)“Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (+)-Arboridinine” Zhang, Z.; Xie, S.; Cheng, B.; Zhai, H.*; Li, Y.* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 7147-7154.

(2)“Facile Synthesis of Pyridines from Propargyl Amines: Concise Total Synthesis of Suaveoline Alkaloids”. Zhao, Z.; Wei, H.; Xiao, K.; Cheng, B.; Zhai, H.; Li, Y.* Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 1148-1152.

(3) “Stereoselective Synthesis of Spiro-2-oxabicyclo[2.2.2]octane Enabled by Ag(I)/ Brønsted Acid Relay Catalysis”. Zhang, Q.; Wang, J.; Wei, Y.; Zhai, H.; Li, Y.* Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 1694-1698.

(4) “Relay Catalysis of Rh (II) and Cobaloxime: Stereoselective Synthesis of Spiroindanones from N-Sulfonyl-1,2,3-triazoles”. Liu, Z.; Du, Q.; Zhai, H.; Li, Y.* Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 7514-7517

(5) “The Expanding Utility of Rhodium-Iminocarbenes: Recent Advances in the Synthesis of Natural Products and Related Scaffolds”. Li, Y.*; Yang, H.; Zhai, H.* Chem. – Eur. J. 2018, 24, 12757-12766.

(6) “Rhodium-Catalyzed Denitrogenative [3+2] Cycloaddition: Access to Functionalized Hydroindolones and the Framework of Montanine-Type Amaryllidaceae Alkaloids”. Yang, H.; Hou, S.; Tao, C.; Liu, Z.; Wang, C.; Cheng, B.; Li, Y.*; Zhai, H.* Chem. -Eur. J. 2017, 23, 12930-12936.

(7) “Bioinspired Total Synthesis of (+/-)-Chaetophenol C Enabled by a Pd-Catalyzed Cascade Cyclization”. Li, Y.*; Zhang, Q.; Wang, H.; Cheng, B.; Zhai, H.* Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 4387-4390.

(8) “Cobaloxime-catalyzed hydration of terminal alkynes without acidic promoters”. Hou, S.; Yang, H.; Cheng, B.; Zhai, H.*; Li, Y.* Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 6926-6929.

(9) “Rh-Catalyzed [3 + 2] Cycloaddition of 1-Sulfonyl-1,2,3-triazoles: Access to the Framework of Aspidosperma and Kopsia Indole Alkaloids”. Li, Y.*; Zhang, Q.; Du, Q.; Zhai, H.* Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 4076-4079.



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20002004Sichuan UniversityB.S.

20042009Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS.Ph.D.