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B.S., 2006, Univ. of North Carolina
Ph.D., 2011, Univ. of Michigan
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2015, Princeton University
Organic, organometallic, and medicinal chemistry
Research within the Li group focuses on the design and development of reaction methods to construct pharmaceutically relevant and architecturally challenging molecules. Our approach is mainly inspired by nature’s ability to fixate carbon dioxide and to utilize photochemical energy (i.e. sunlight) and cascade processes in chemical reactions. Learning from nature, we aim to engineer novel and environmentally friendly chemical reactions in these areas. Successful development of reaction methods in this regard will enable us: 1) to pursue chemical structural motifs that are important in the pharmaceutical industry; 2) to apply to the synthesis of complex natural products with interesting biological activities. In addition, our group is interested in catalysis in general. We seek to understand the fundamentals of various types of catalysis and to potentially discover new areas of catalysis.