Annual Barbecue Party at Wuhan Forest Park

On Mar. 28th, 2016, we had a annual barbecue party at Wuhan forest park. Everyone of Lei’s group enjoyed the activity and had a wonderful day. After that, we took a piture to memory this beautiful spring scenery.




New Paper: Solvent-Enabled Radical Selectivities: Controlled Syntheses of Sulfoxides and Sulfides

New Paper:

Solvent-Enabled Radical Selectivities: Controlled Syntheses of Sulfoxides and Sulfides

Huamin Wang, Qingquan Lu, Chaohang Qian, Chao Liu, Wei Liu, Kai Chen, and Aiwen Lei

Abstract: Controlling selectivity is of central importance to radical chemistry. However, the highly reactive and unstable radical intermediates make this task especially challenging. Herein, a strategy for taming radical redox reactions has been developed, in which solvent-bonding can alter the reactivity of the generated radical intermediates and thereby drastically alter  the reaction selectivity at room temperature. Various b-oxysulfoxides and b-hydroxy sulfides can be facilely obtained, some of which are difficult to synthesize by existing methods. Notably, neither a metal catalyst nor any further additives are necessary in these processes.


Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 1094 –1097


Welcome our new group member Prof. Dr. Chien-Wei Chiang

Welcome our new group member Prof. Dr.  Chien-Wei Chiang !!!



1st Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Catalysis

The 1st Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Catalysis was organized by Prof. Aiwen Lei from the Wuhan University, China and held at the College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences of Wuhan University from 5th-10th October, 2015. It was hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies of Wuhan University and financed by the Chinesisc-Deutsches Zentrum Fur Wissenschaftsforderung. Prof. Matthias Beller, Director at the Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse gave the opening remarkers. 25 presentations were given by Chinese experts and 14 presentations were given by German experts. A total of more than 200 participants attended, including about 140 students and young scientists from the Wuhan University and other universities of China as well as leading experts from China and German.


Prof Xiang Zhou, the dean of College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, said welcome to all the participants in this meeting on the opening ceremony. Prof Zhou said this meeting would not only promote the research development of catalytic fields, but also enhance the communication between German and China. As the German representative, Prof Matthias Beller also gave a welcome remark to all the people. He said the sustainable catalysis plays a more and more important role in our daily life. This meeting will be an important issue to the development of sustainable catalysis. We hope this meeting will enhance the communication of the scientist between German and China. After the welcome remark, Prof Matthias Beller gave an excellent lecture entitled “Sustainable Chemistry with Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts: Which Ones are Better”.

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After the 3 days meeting, Prof Aiwen lei from Wuhan University gave a summary on the closing ceremony. Prof Lei said that the presentations, all of which were of extremely high quality, covered a wide range of topics around homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, as well as the mechanism studies of catalysis. In particular the exploration of searching for the efficient catalytic system and the special catalyst which can promote improve the Efficiency of catalysis. These are paid significant attention both in China and in German.


This symposium was well timed to introduce each other on the present status and upcoming plans. It greatly enhanced the mutual understanding of the capabilities and interests for further work on each side. It will form the basis for more intense future exchange and possibly even collaboration on the mission level. The most important meaning was to enhance and establish personal ties scientists in Germany and China. All participants agreed on the extreme usefulness of this symposium and express their sincere thanks to the organizers.

Ph.D Dissertation Defense: Wu Li, Yi Deng, Lu Wang, Jing Li, Ben Cheng

On May 30th, 2015, five Ph.D candidates presented their work during their graduate studying period. Titles of their thesis are listed below:

Wu Li(李武): Palladium-Catalyzed Carbonylation of Amines
Yi Deng(邓轶): Investigation of Kinetics and Active Intermediate of Palladium and Copper-Catalyzed Catalysis
Lu Wang(王露): Oxidative Carbonylation and Isomerization Involving Olefins
Jing Li(李靖): Kinetic and Mechanism Research of Elementary Reactions in Coupling Reactions involving Organozinc Reagents
Ben Cheng(程奔): Coupling and Addition Reaction involving Transition Metal——from Mechanism Investigation to Synthesis Applications
Defense committee:
Chairman: Prof. Wenjing Xiao(肖文精), Central China Normal University
Members: Prof. Guochuan Yin(尹国川), Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Prof. Zhongxing Jiang(江中兴), Wuhan University
Prof. Daiwen Pang(庞代文), Wuhan University
Prof. Hexiang Deng(邓鹤翔), Wuhan University


Ph.D Dissertation Defense: Zhixiong Liao

On May 30th, 2015, Mr. Zhixiong Liao presented his work during their graduate studying period. Title of his thesis was Coupling /Cylization Reactions Involving Styrenes or Arenes C-H Bond.

Defense committee:
Chairman: Prof. Xiufen Zhou(周秀芬), Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Prof. Yang Yang(杨洋), Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Prof.  Jing He(何璟), Huazhong Agricultural University
Prof. Yuhui Sun(孙宇辉), Wuhan University
Prof. Kui Hong(洪葵), Wuhan University
Prof. Xuechuan Hong(洪学传), Wuhan University


Prof. Xiao-Min Lin Visited Our Lab

Prof. Xiao-Min Lin(Center for Nanoscale Material, Argonne National Laboratory) paid a visit to our lab on May 6nd. 2015, and was invited to give us an excellent report entitled with “Nanoparticle Membranes: Self-assembly and their properties”. After the report, Prof. Aiwen Lei and students had a positive discussion with Prof. Xiao-Min Lin.



Prof. David Nicewicz Visited Our Lab

Prof. David Nicewicz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) paid a visit to our lab on April 2nd. 2015, and was invited to give us an excellent report entitled with ” New Avenues in Organic Synthesis via Organic Photoredox Catalysis”. After the report, Prof. Aiwen Lei and students had a positive discussion with Prof. David Nicewicz.



Prof. Kenichiro Itami Visited Our Lab

Prof. Kenichiro Itami, from Nagoya University, paid a visit in Wuhan University during Mar. 17-19, 2015, and was invited to give us an excellent reports entitled with “C-H Activation for Plant/Animal Biology and Carbon Materials”. After the seminar, Prof. Aiwen Lei and students had a kind discussion with Prof. Kenichiro Itami.