• Journal Papers

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For collaboration work, our group members at SUSTech except the boss are in blue.


83) J. Zhang; R. Wei; C. Ren; L. L. Liu* and L. Wu,* XXXXXXXXX, submitted.

82) X. Zhang; H. Wang; X. Lan; Y. Mei and L. L. Liu*, XXXXXXXXXX, submitted.

81) R. Wei; X.-F. Wang; C. Hu and L. L. Liu,* XXXXXXXX, submitted.

80) Y. Wu;*+ J. Tan;+ C. Hu; X. Yang; S. Ju; L. L. Cao; L. L. Liu;* Y. Zhao and D. W. Stephan,* XXXXXXX, submitted. (+ = equal contribution)

79) J. Li; Y. Mei and L. L. Liu,* XXXXXXXX, submitted. (Invited Contribution)

78) S. Qiu; X. Zhang; C. Hu; H. Chu; Q. Li; D. A. Ruiz; L. L. Liu;* C.-H. Tung and L. Kong,* Unveiling Hetero-Enyne Reactivity of Aryliminoboranes: Dearomative Hetero-Diels-Alder-Like ReactionsAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202261,  e202205814.

77) R. Wei; S. Ju and L. L. Liu,* Free Metallophosphines: Extremely Electron-Rich Phosphorus Superbases that are Electronically and Sterically TunableAngew. Chem. Int. Ed.  2022, 61,  e202205618. (Hot Paper) (Highlighted by ChemistryViews)

76) S. Chen; L. Peng; Y. Liu; X. Gao; Y. Zhang; C. Tang; Z. Zhai; L. Yang; W. Wu; X. He; L. L. Liu; F. He and H. Xia,* Conjugated Polymers Based on Metalla-Aromatic Building Blocks, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A.2022, in press.

75) Y. Wang; X. Zhang; T. Li; Q. Li; R. Wei; D. A. Ruiz; L. L. Liu;* C.-H. Tung and L. Kong,* Crystalline Neutral Diboron Analogues of CyclopropanesAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202117053. (Hot Paper) (Highlighted by ChemistryViews)

74) X. Zhang and L. L. Liu,* Modulating the Frontier Orbitals of an Aluminylene for Facile Dearomatization of Inert ArenesAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202116658. (VIP)

73) C. Hu;+ X.-F. Wang;+ R. Wei; C. Hu; D. A. Ruiz; X.-Y. Chang and L. L. Liu,* Crystalline Monometal-Substituted Free CarbenesChem 2022, online. (+ = equal contribution)

72) Y. Mei; Z. Yan and L. L. Liu,* Facile Synthesis of the Dicyanophosphide Anion via Electrochemical Activation of White Phosphorus: An Avenue to Organophosphorus CompoundsJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 1517–1522.

71) B. Xu;+ W. Mao;+ C. Wu; J. Li; Z. Lu; M. Luo; L. L. Liu; L. Mao; D. Chen* and H. Xia,* A One-Pot Strategy for the Synthesis of β-Substituted Rhoda- and Irida-Carbolong Complexes, Chin. J. Chem. 2022, 40, 1777–1784. (+ = equal contribution)

70) R. Guo; X. Zhang; T. Li; Q. Li; D. A. Ruiz; L. L. Liu; C. Tung and L. Kong,* Unraveling the Reactivity of a Cationic Iminoborane: Avenues to Unusual Boron Cations, Chem. Sci. 202213, 2303–2309.



69) X. Zhang and L. L. Liu,* A Free Aluminylene with Diverse σ-Donating and Doubly σ/π-Accepting Ligand Features for Transition MetalsAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 27062–27069. (Hot Paper)

68) S. Li; C. Hu; X. Cui; J. Zhang; L. L. Liu* and L. Wu,* Site-Fixed Hydroboration of Terminal and Internal Alkenes Using BX3/iPr2NEtAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202160, 26238–26245.

67) C. Tang; Y. Zhao; J. Wu; Z. Chen; L. L. Liu; Y.-Z. Tan, J. Zhu* and H. Xia,* Releasing Antiaromaticity in Metal-Bridgehead Naphthalene, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021143, 15587–15592. (Highlighted by ChemistryViews)

66) R. Guo; T. Li; R. Wei; X. Zhang; Q. Li; L. L. Liu;* C. Tung and L. Kong,* Boraiminolithium: An Iminoborane-Transfer ReagentJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 13483–13488. (Highlighted by ChemistryViews)

65) X. Chen;+ C. Hu;+ X. Zhang; S. Liu; Y. Mei; G. Hu; L. L. Liu; Z. Li* and C. Su,* Reversible Stereoisomerization of 1,3-Diphosphetane Frameworks Revealed by a Single-Electron Redox Approach, Inorg. Chem. 202160, 5771–5778. (+ = equal contribution)

64) X. Yang; R. Wei; Y. Shi; L. L. Liu; Y. Wu,* Y. Zhao and D. W. Stephan,* Oxyphosphoranes as Precursors to Bridging Phosphate-Catecholate Ligands, Chem. Comm. 2021, 57, 1194–1197. (back cover)

63) L. Zhao;+ C. Hu;+ X. Cong; G. Deng; L. L. Liu; M. Luo and X. Zeng,* Cyclic (Alkyl)(amino)carbene Ligand-Promoted Nitro Deoxygenative Hydroboration with Chromium Catalysis: Scope, Mechanism, and Applications,  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021143, 1618–1629. (+ = equal contribution)


62) X. Chen;+ L. L. Liu;+ S. Liu; H. Grützmacher and Z. Li,* A Room-Temperature Stable Distonic Radical Cation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202059, 23830–23835. (+ = equal contribution)

61) X. Zhang;+ X. Chen;+ H. Zhai; S. Liu; C. Hu; L. L. Liu;* S. Wang and Z. Li,* Facile Addition of E–H Bonds to a DicarbondiphosphideDalton Trans. 2020, 49, 6384–6390. (+ = equal contribution)

60) R. Guo; J. Jiang; C. Hu; L. L. Liu; P. Cui; M. Zhao; Z. Ke;* C. Tung and L. Kong,* BNN-1,3-Dipoles: Isolation and Intramolecular Cycloaddition with Unactivated ArenesChem. Sci. 2020, 11, 7053–7059. (Selected in the themed collections: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection, Spotlighting Main Group Elements in Polynuclear Complexes and Celebrating 100 Years of Chemistry at Nankai University)


****Prior to SUSTech****



Representative Publications prior to SUSTech:

1) L. Liu; D. A. Ruiz; D. Munz and G. Bertrand,* A Singlet Phosphinidene Stable at Room Temperature, Chem 20161, 147–153. (Highlighted by Chem. Eng. News entitled “Stable phosphorus carbene analog debuts”; Previewed by Rory Waterman entitled “A ‘Bottle-able’ Phosphinidene” in Chem)

2) L. L. Liu; L. L. Cao; Y. Shao; G. Ménard and D. W. Stephan,* A Radical Mechanism for Frustrated Lewis Pair Reactivity, Chem 20173, 259–267. (Highlighted by front cover; Previewed by Duncan F. Wass entitled “How Important Are Radical Mechanisms in Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry?” in Chem)

3) L. L. Liu; L. L. Cao; Y. Shao and D. W. Stephan,* Single Electron Delivery to Lewis Pairs: An Avenue to Anions by Small Molecule Activation, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139, 10062–10071.

4) L. L. Liu; J. Zhou; L. L. Cao; R. Andrews; R. L. Falconer; C. A. Russell and D. W. Stephan,* A Transient Vinylphosphinidene via a Phosphirene−Phosphinidene Rearrangement, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018140, 147–150.

5) L. L. Liu; J. Zhou; R. Andrews and D. W. Stephan,* A Room-Temperature-Stable Phosphanorcaradiene, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018140, 7466–7470.

6) L. L. Liu; J. Zhou; L. L. Cao; Y. Kim and D. W. Stephan,* Reversible Intramolecular Cycloaddition of Phosphaalkene to an Arene Ring, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141, 8083–8087.

7) L. L. Liu; J. Zhou; L. L. Cao and D. W. Stephan,* Phosphaaluminirenes: Synthons for Main Group Heterocycles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141, 16971–16982. (Highlighted by ChemistryViews entitled “Phosphaaluminirenes Synthesized”)

8) L. L. Liu; L. L. Cao; J. Zhou and D. W. Stephan,* Facile Cleavage of the P=P Double Bond in Vinyl-Substituted Diphosphenes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201958, 273–277.

9) J. Tang;+ L. L. Liu;+ S. Yang;+ X. Cong; M. Luo and X. Zeng,* Chemoselective Cross-Coupling between Two Different and Unactivated C(aryl)–O Bonds Enabled by Chromium Catalysis, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020142, 7715–7720. (+ = equal contribution)

10) L. L. Liu; D. A. Ruiz; F. Dahcheh; G. Bertrand;* R. Suter; A. M. Tondreau and H. Grützmacher,* Isolation of Au-, Co-η1 PCO and Cu-η2 PCO Complexes, Conversion of an Ir-η1 PCO Complex into a Dimetalladiphosphene, and an Interaction-free PCO Anion, Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 2335–2341.

11) L. L. Liu,* The Dynamic Nature of Phosphorus, Chem 20173, 195–197. (Invited “Potential Energy” article)

12) L. L. Liu and D. W. Stephan,* Radicals Derived from Lewis Acid/Base Pairs, Chem. Soc. Rev. 201948, 3454–3463.

13) L. L. Liu; J. Zhu* and Y. Zhao,* The Phosphaethynolate Anion Reacts with Unsaturated Bonds: DFT Investigations on [2+2], [3+2] and [4+2] Cycloadditions, Chem. Comm. 201450, 11347–11349.

14) L. L. Liu; D. A. Ruiz; F. Dahcheh and G. Bertrand,* Isolation of a Lewis Base Stabilized Parent Phosphenium (PH2+) and Related Species, Chem. Comm. 201551, 12732–12735.

15) L. L. Liu and D. W. Stephan,* An Imine-Gallium Lewis Pair Stabilized Oxophosphinidene via an Unexpected Phosphirene Rearrangement, Chem. Comm. 201854, 1041–1044. (Highlighted by front cover)

16) L. L. Liu; L. L. Cao; D. Zhu; J. Zhou and D. W. Stephan,* Homolytic Cleavage of Peroxide Bonds via a Single Electron Transfer of Frustrated Lewis Pair, Chem. Comm. 201854, 7431–7434. (Highlighted by front cover)

17) Y. Wu;* C. Shan; Y. Sun; P. Chen; J. Ying; J. Zhu; L. L. Liu* and Y. Zhao,* Main Group Metal Ligand Cooperation of N-Heterocyclic Germylene: An Efficient Catalyst for the Hydroboration of Carbonyl Compounds, Chem. Comm. 201652, 13799–13802.

18)  Y. Wu; L. L. Liu;* J. Su; J. Zhu; Z. Ji and Y. Zhao,* Isolation of a Heavier Cyclobutadiene Analogue: 2,4-Digerma-1,3-diphosphacyclobutadiene, Organometallics201635, 1593–1596.

19) J. Zhou; L. L. Liu; L. L. Cao and D. W. Stephan,* The η5-Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl Phosphorus Dication [(η5-Cp*)P]2+: A Phosphorus Lewis Super Acid, Chem 20184, 2699–2708. (Highlighted by Chemistryworld entitled “Rare phosphorus dication synthesised”)

20) Z. Li;* X. Chen; L. L. Liu; M. T. Scharnhölz and H. Grützmacher,* N-Heterocyclic Carbene Stabilized Dicarbondiphosphide: A Strong Neutral Four-membered Heterocyclic 6π-electron Donor, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202059, 4288–4293.

21) J. Zhou; L. L. Liu; L. L. Cao and D. W. Stephan,* Base-Stabilized [PO]+/[PO2]+ Cations, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201958, 18276–18280.

22) J. Zhou; L. L. Liu; L. L. Cao and D. W. Stephan,* The Arene-Stabilized η5-Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl Arsenic Dication [(η5-Cp*)As(toluene)]2+, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201958, 5407–5412.

23) J. Zhou; L. L. Liu; L. L. Cao and D. W. Stephan,* Nitrogen-Based Lewis Acids: Synthesis and Reactivity of a Cyclic (Alkyl)(Amino)Nitrenium Cation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201857, 3322–3326.

24) C. Pranckevicius; L. L. Liu; G. Bertrand and D. W. Stephan,* Synthesis of a Carbodicyclopropenylidene: A Carbodicarbene Based Solely on Carbon, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201655, 5536–5540.

25) Z. Li; X. Chen; Z. Benkő; L. L. Liu; D. Ruiz; J. Peltier; G. Bertrand;* C. Su* and H. Grützmacher,* N-Heterocyclic Carbenes as Promotors for the Rearrangement of Phosphaketenes to Phosphaheteroallenes: A Case Study for OCP to OPC Constitutional Isomerism, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201655, 6018–6022.

26) B. Rao; H. Tang; X. Zeng*; L. L. Liu; M. Melaimi and G. Bertrand,* Cyclic (Amino)(aryl)carbenes (CAArCs) as Strong σ-Donating and π-Accepting Ligands for Transition Metals, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201554, 14915–14919.

27) C. Weinstein; C. Martin; L. L. Liu and G. Bertrand,* Cross-Coupling Reactions between Stable Carbenes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201453, 6550–6553.

28) M. M. Hansmann; D. A. Ruiz; L. L. Liu; R. Jazzar and G. Bertrand,* (Phosphanyl)phosphaketenes as Building Blocks for Novel Phosphorus Heterocycles, Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 3720-3725.

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