Dr. Qiang Liu  

Associate Professor

Born in 09.1984, Tianjin, China.

Research Directions:

Organometallic Chemistry
Homogenous Catalysis
Organic Synthesis


2007.09 — 2012.07 Wuhan University, Wuhan, China--- Ph.D. Degree of Organic Chemistry, with Prof. Dr. Aiwen Lei

2003.09 — 2007.07 Wuhan University, Wuhan, China--- Bachelor’s Degree of Chemistry

Professional Experience

2015.07 — Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, Tsinghua University

2012.10 — 2015.06 Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow, Leibniz Institute of Catalysis, Germany, with Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller

Research Interests

Homogenous non-noble metals catalysis

Sustainable oxidation and reduction reactions via visible light photoredox catalysis

Renewable resources conversion via homogenous catalysis

Honors and Awards

2015 Selected by the “1000 young talent plan”, China

2013 Best poster award of Journées de Chimie Organique Meeting, France

2013 First rank academic innovation award of Wuhan University

2012 Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, Germany

2012 Top ten outstanding students of Wuhan University


Selected Publications:

  1. Z. Shao, S. Fu, M. Wei, S. Zhou*, Q. Liu*, Mild and Selective Cobalt-Catalyzed Chemodivergent Transfer Hydrogenation of Nitriles, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 14653.
  2. S. Fu, N. Chen, X. Liu, Z. Shao, S. Luo*, Q. Liu*, Ligand-Controlled Cobalt-Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation of Alkynes: Stereodivergent Synthesis of Z- and E-Alkenes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8856.
   Selected publications before independent work:
  1. J. Liu, Q. Liu*, R. Frank, R. Jackstell, M. Beller*, Ligand-Controlled Palladium-Catalyzed Alkoxycarbonylation of Allenes: Regioselective Synthesis of alpha,beta- and beta,gamma-Unsaturated Esters, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 8856.
  2. Q. Liu, K. Yuan, P. Arockiam, R. Frank, H, Doucet, R. Jackstell, M. Beller*, Regioselective Pd-Catalyzed Methoxycarbonylation of Alkenes Using both Paraformaldehyde and Methanol as CO Surrogates, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 4493.
  3. Q. Liu, L. Wu, R. Jackstell, M. Beller*, Using Carbon Dioxide as a Building Block in Organic Synthesis, Nature. Commun. 2015, 6, 5933.
  4. Q. Liu, L. Wu, S. Guelak, N. Rockstroh, R. Jackstell, M. Beller*, Towards a Sustainable Synthesis of Formate Salts: Combined Catalytic Methanol Dehydrogenation and Bicarbonate Hydrogenation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 7085. (VIP, Highlighted by ChemCatChem)
  5. L. Wu, Q. Liu (co-first author), I. Fleischer, R. Jackstell, M. Beller*, Ruthenium-Catalysed Alkoxycarbonylation of Alkenes with Carbon Dioxide, Nature. Commun. 2014, 5, 3091. (Highlighted by Chemistry World, Science News, ACS etc.)
  6. J. Liu, Q. Liu (co-first author), H. Yi, C. Qin, R. Bai, X. Qi, Y. Lan*, A. Lei*, Visible-Light-Mediated Decarboxylation/Oxidative Amidation of α-Keto Acids with Amines under Mild Reaction Conditions Using O2, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 502.
  7. Q. Liu, R. Jackstell, M. Beller*, Oxidative Catalytic Coupling Reactions: Selective Formation of C-C and C-X Bonds Using Radical Processes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 13871.
  8. Q. Liu, L. Wu, H. Jiao, X. Fang, R. Jackstell, M. Beller*, Domino Catalysis: Palladium-Catalyzed Carbonylation of Allylic Alcohols to Unsaturated Esters, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 8064. (VIP)
  9. Q. Liu, P. Wu, Y. Yang, Z. Zeng, H. Yi, J. Liu, A. Lei*, Room-Temperature Copper-Catalyzed Oxidation of Electron-Deficient Arenes and Heteroarenes Using Air, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 4666. (Most Accessed in 04/2012)
  10. Q. Liu, H. Zhang, A. Lei*, Oxidative Carbonylation Reactions: Organometallic Compounds (R-M) or Hydrocarbons (R-H) as Nucleophiles, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 10788.
  11. Q. Liu, G. Li, J. He, J. Liu, P. Li, A. Lei*, Palladium-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidative Carbonylation of Arylboronate Esters under Mild Conditions, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 3371. (VIP)
  12. Q. Liu, Y. Lan, J. Liu, G. Li, Y.-D. Wu, A. Lei*, Revealing a Second Transmetalation Step in the Negishi Coupling and Its Competition with Reductive Elimination: Improvement in the Interpretation of the Mechanism of Biaryl Syntheses, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 10201.

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