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Synthesis/Catalysis Profs.
Arndtsen, Bruce
Auclair, Karine
Bohle, Scott
Butler, Ian
Chan, Tak-Hang
Cosa, Gonzalo
Damha, Masad
Eisenberg, Adi
Farrell, Patrick
Friščić, Tomislav
Gleason, James
Gray, Derek
Guindon, Yvan
Harpp, David
Hay, Allan
Kakkar, Ashok
Lennox, Bruce
Li, C.J.
Lumb, Jean-Philip
Marchessault, Robert
Moitessier, Nicolas
Moores, Audrey
Perepichka, Dima
Shaver, Alan
Sleiman, Hanadi
Tsantrizos, Youla
van de Ven, Theo
Chao-Jun Li
Chao-Jun Li

(E.B. Eddy Chair)
Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Green/Organic Chemistry

B. Sc. (Zhengzhou University, 1983)
M.S. (Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1988)
Ph. D. (McGill University, 1992)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Stanford University, 1992-94)
Visiting Faculty, UC Berkeley (2002)
Professor (Assistant, Associate, Full) (Tulane University, 1994-2003)

(US) NSF CAREER Award, 1998-2002
Outstanding Young Oversea Scientist Award (NSFC), 2001
(US) Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic), 2001
Japan Society for Promotion of Science (Senior) Fellow, 2002
Honorary Research Professor (Chemistry Institute, Chinese Academy of Science)
Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (individual), 2010
Award of Merit, Federation of the Chinese Canadian Professionals (ont), 2011.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 2012
Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2012

Office: 436A
Phone: (514)398-8457
Email: CJ.Li@McGill.CA
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Lab: 440
Lab Phone: (514)398-6224

Research Themes:

Research Description:
1. Green Chemistry:
Explore new catalytic reactions that have high atom-efficiency in water and other cleaner media (CO2 and Ionic Liquids), and to transform these reactions into general synthetic tools for synthesizing biologically important compounds and organic materials in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.

* C-C bond formations via catalytic C-H and C-X activation
* Catalytic cyclization reactions
* Catalytic asymmetric reactions
* Catalytic functionalization of renewable materials.

2. Synthesis of biologically active compounds:
Developing new methods for synthesizing natural products and other biologically important compounds. One special interest is to develop synthesis and study of "Chemical Sensitizers" for targeted cancer therapy.

Currently Teaching:
CHEM-224W Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM-621 Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry
CHEM-701 Comprehensive Examination 1
CHEM-702 Comprehensive Examination 2
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