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       The research of our laboratory is focused on three areas where chemists could make major contributions to green catalysis. Recently, our laboratory mainly focus on the external oxidant-free cross-coupling with hydrogen evolution. And our strategy centers on the photo-catalysis and electro-catalysis for developing novel and efficient methods for bond formation. Through the visible-light-induced alkene radical cation or arene radical cation, the corresponding C-N, C-O, and C-P products can be constructed. Besides, anodic oxidation represents an effective alternative to the oxidation by external chemical oxidants. As the more green way, many important reactions can be achieved under mild conditions.
     We are also interested in small molecule (such as CH4, H2O, CO2, etc.) activation with an emphasis on applying such molecules in efficient synthetic methods.
      As an important character of our research, in-depth understanding toward the reactions is another focus. XAFS could be used to explore the valence state and the surrounding coordination environment of metals. It reveals the real procedure of the reaction, and provides ideas for the reaction design. With synchroton radiation technology, we obtained the direct evidence for the exact role and effect of LiX in organocuprate synthesis, and the exact structure of Li+CuX2- ate.
 
 
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