18 Dawei, Cao; Pan, Pan; Huiying, Zeng*; Chao-Jun Li* “Umpolung cross-coupling of polyfluoroarenes with hydrazones via activation of C–F bonds”
Chem. Commun. 2019, ASAP.

17 Huiying Zeng* ; Zhen Luo ; Xinlong Han ; Chao-Jun Li*“Metal-Free Construction of the C(sp3)–CF3 Bond: Trifluoromethylation of Hydrazones with Togni’s Reagent under Mild Conditions” Org. Lett., 2019, ASAP.

16 Zemin Wang ; Huiying Zeng* ; Chao-Jun Li* “Dearomatization–Rearomatization Strategy for Reductive Cross-Coupling of Indoles with Ketones in Water” Org. Lett., 2019, 21, 2302–2306.

15 Huiying, Zeng*; Qian, Dou; Chao-Jun Li* “Photoinduced Transition-Metal-Free Cross-Coupling of Aryl Halides with H-Phoshonates” Org. Lett., 2019, 21, 1301–1305.

14 Huiying, Zeng*; Zemin, Wang; Chao-Jun Li* “Two-in-One Strategy for Palladium-Catalyzed C-H Functionalization in Water” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 58, 2859–2863. (News story describing this work was highlighted in X-mol and CBG.)

13 Dawei, Cao; Chaoxian, Yan; Panpan, Zhou; Huiying, Zeng*; Chao-Jun Li* “Hydrogen Bonding Promoted Simple and Clean Photo-Induced Reduction of C–X Bond with Isopropanol” Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 767–770.

12 Dawei, Cao; Huiying, Zeng*; Chao-Jun Li* “Formal Cross-Coupling of Diaryl Ethers with Ammonia by Dual C(Ar)-O Bond Cleavages” ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 8873–8878. (News story describing this work was highlighted in X-mol.)

11 Si-Shun, Yan; Lei, Zhu; Jian-Heng, Ye; Zhen, Zhang; He, Huang; Huiying, Zeng; Chao-Jun, Li*; Yu, Lan*; Da-Gang, Yu* “Ruthenium-Catalyzed Umpolung Carboxylation of Hydrazones with CO2” Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 4873–4878

10 Huiying, Zeng*; Dawei, Cao; Zihang, Qiu; Chao-Jun Li* “Palladium-Catalyzed Formal Cross-Coupling of Diaryl Ethers with Amines: New Tactic to Slice 4-O-5 Linkage in Lignin Models” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 3752–3757. (News story describing this work was highlighted in Huaxuejia.)

9 Huiying, Zeng;* Pan, Pan; Jinping, Chen; Hang, Gong*; Chao-Jun, Li* “C–C Bond Formation by Oxidative Ring-Opening Homocouplingof Cyclobutanols” Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 1070-1073.

8 Huiying, Zeng*; Zihang, Qiu; Alejandra, Domínguez-Huerta; Zoë, Hearne; Zhengwang, Chen; Chao-Jun, Li* “An Adventure in Sustainable Cross-Coupling of Phenols and Derivatives via Carbon−Oxygen Bond Cleavage” ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 510-519.

7 Zhengwang, Chen#; Huiying, Zeng#; Simon A. Girard; Feng, Wang; Ning, Chen; Chao-Jun Li* “Formal Cross-Coupling of Phenols with Amines” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 14487–14491. (Zhengwang, Chen and Huiying, Zeng contributed equally. It was chosen as “Hot Paper” by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.; News story describing this work was highlighted in Chem. & Eng. News 2015, 93(45), 31 and Synfacts 2016, 12(2): 0205.)

6 Huiying, Zeng*; Daiping Duan; Boxiao, Tang “Biomimetic Total Synthesis of 6a,7,8,9,10,10a-Hexahydro-3,6,9-trimethyl-6-(4-methylpent-3-en-1-yl)-1,9-epoxy-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran and Its Diastereoisomer” Synlett. 2015, 26, 927–930.

5 Hang, Gong; Huiying, Zeng; Feng, Zhou; Chao-Jun, Li* “Rhodium(I)- Catalyzed Regiospecific Dimerization of Aromatic Acid: Two Direct C-H Bond Activation in Water” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 5718–5721.

4 Mingxin, Liu; Haining, Wang; Huiying, Zeng; Chao-Jun, Li* “Silver(I) as a widely applicable, homogeneous catalyst for aerobic oxidation of aldehydes toward carboxylic acids in water-‘silver mirror’: From stoichiometric to catalytic” Science Advances2015, DOI: 10.1126/ sciadv.1500020 (News story describing this work was highlighted in Science News and Phys & Org.)

3 Zhenwang, Chen; Huiying, Zeng; Hang, Gong; Haining, Wang; Chao-Jun, Li* “Palladium-catalyzed reductive coupling of phenols with anilines and amines: efficient conversion of phenolic lignin model monomers and analogues to cyclohexylamines” Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 4174–4178.

2 Lu, Li; Wenbo, Liu; Huiying, Zeng; Xiaoyue, Mu; Zetian, Mi*; Chao-Jun, Li* “Photo-Induced Catalyst-Free Aromatic Finkelstein Reaction” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 8328–8331. (It was spotlighted by J. Am. Chem. Soc.; News story describing this work was highlighted in Chem. & Eng. News and Phys & Org.)

1 Huiying, Zeng; Chao-Jun, Li* “A Complete Switch of the Directional Selectivity in the Annulation of 2-Hydroxybenzaldehydes with Alkynes” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 13862–13865. (It was chosen as “Hot Paper” by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.; News story describing this work was highlighted in Chem. & Eng. News 2014, 92(44), 41 and ChemCatChem 2015, 7, 574–576.)

Book Chapters

  1. “Conversion of Lignin into High Value Chemical Products” Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, 2018, 1-20, Springer Publisher


  1. Chao-Jun, Li; Zhenwang, Chen; Huiying, Zeng “Method for Phenol-Amine Coupling” US Provisional Patent Application filed November 2015.
  2. Huiying, Zeng; Daiping, Duan; Xiaoniu, Fang “One step synthesis the Citran compounds and its diastereoisomer” Chinese patent, Serial No. 201410588340.0.
  3. Weidong, Z. Li; Huiying, Zeng; Guicai, Chen “The Synthetic Method of N-alkyl-3-piperidinone” Chinese patent, Serial No. 200910069437.X.