Prof. Jun LI

Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua Unievrsity, Beijing 100084, China

Tel: (10)62795381,


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2007-present  ChangJiang Professor, Tsinghua University

2004-2009   Senior Research Scientist II: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

2001-2004   Senior Research Scientist I: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

1997-2001   Research Scientist, The Ohio State University, USA

1995-1997   Postdoctoral Researcher, The Ohio State University, USA

1994-1995   Postdoctoral Researcher, Siegen University, Germany

PhD (1992):  Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Selected Publications:   

1. Wang G, Su J, Gong Y, Zhou M, Li J, Chemistry on Single Atoms: Spontaneous Hydrogen Production from Reactions of Transition-Metal Atoms with Methanol at Cryogenic Temperatures, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2010, 49, 1302-1305.

2. Wang X, Wang YL, Yang J, Xing XP, Li J, Wang LS, Evidence of Significant Covalent Bonding in Au(CN)2, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 16368-16370.

3. Li J, Hu HS, Lyon JT, Andrews L, Chirality, Agostic Interactions, and Pyramidality in Actinide Methylidene Complexes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2007, 46, 9045-9049.

4. Lyon JT, Hu HS, Andrews L, Li J, Formation of Unprecedented Actinide≡Carbon Triple Bonds in Uranium Methylidyne Molecules, Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences of the USA, 2007, 104, 18919-18924.

5. Li J, Bursten BE, Andrews L, Marsden CJ, On the Electronic Structure of Molecular UO2 in the Presence of Ar Atoms: Evidence for Direct U-Ar Bonding, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2004, 126, 3424-3426.

6. Li J, Li X, Zhai HJ, Wang LS, Au20: A Tetrahedral Cluster, Science, 2003, 299, 864-867.

7. Zhai HJ, Boggavarapu K, Li J, Wang LS, Hydrocarbon Analogs of Boron Clusters: Planarity, Aromaticity, and Antiaromaticity, Nature Materials, 2003, 2, 827-833.

8. Li J.; Bursten, B. E.; Liang, B.; Andrews, L. “Noble Gas-Actinide Compounds: Complexation of the CUO Molecule by Ar, Kr, and Xe Atoms in Noble-Gas Matrices”, Science 2002, 295, 2242-2245.