Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Liqun Jin & Yue Weng

Two excellent representatives of female Ph.D candidates in our lab gave their doctoral dissertation defenses on Dec. 5th, 2012.

The chairman of the dissertation committee is Prof. Meixiang Wang (Tsinghua University), and other four members are Prof. Liuzhu Gong (University of Science and Technology of China), Dr. Sanzhong Luo (Research Fellow of Institute of Chemstry, Chinese Academy of Science), Prof. Jingui Qin (Wuhan University) and Prof. Chunjiang Wang (Wuhan University).

First, Ms. Liqun Jin presented her work with the title of “Investigation of Some Important Physical Organic Questions in Transition-Metal-Catalyzed C-C Bond Formations”. She mainly used in-situ IR as the tool to reveal the elementary reactions involved in coupling reactions, with transition-metal-catalyzed oxidative coupling as model reactions.

Then Ms. Yue Weng presented her work with the title of “Insights Toward Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Csp-Csp Coupling Reaction Inspired by Kinetic Studies”, demonstrating an efficient Pd-catalyzed highly selective Csp-Csp cross-coupling reaction between terminal alkynes and 1-bromoacetylenes. Due to a two-year experiment in the United States in 2007-2009, the dissertation also involves the work she had done abroad.

After the presentation, Liqun Jin and Yue Weng answered the questions asked by the dissertation committee members and students.