Oct 2020

​Yanbo joined the group.

Xiaofang Lan will be joining us as the first master student (exam-free candidate). We are looking forward to seeing you in the coming summer.

Sept 2020

We officially start at SUSTech. The lab locates in 411, Shenzhen Grubbs Institute, SUSTech.

Chenyang joined the group.

Qianwen joined the group.

Collaboration work with Prof. Zhongshu Li at Sun Yat-Sen University has been accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. (available online). In this work, the rational design, isolation, and preliminary reactivity of a phosphorus distonic radical cation salt have been documented. We get off to a good start!

Rui joined the group.

A paper with Doug, Jiliang and Levy has been finally accepted in Chem. Comm. (available online). Congrats to the team. The isolation of [Cp*Sb]2+ dication completes the story of η5-pentamethylcyclopentadienyl pnictogen dications.

Shaoying joined the group.

Gongping joined the group.

Xin joined the group.

Jiancheng joined the group.

We are happy to host Profs. Zhongshu Li and Sunewang R. Wang at SUSTech on Sept 30. They visit our lab and deliver a lecture.

June 2020

Four-single glovebox stations, coupled with a solvent purification system, have been ordered for production and expected to be working in the coming September.


After a tough submission process (Leo very appreciates the comments given by four referees), a paper with Prof. Lingbing Kong at Shandong University has finally come out in Chem. Sci. (available online). Congrats to Chenyang! In this contribution, the synthesis and reactivity of BNN-1,3-dipoles have been documented for the first time. This paper has been selected by editors and referees in the themed collection: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection. Stay tuned for more exciting follow-up chemistry!


May 2020

The Group Logo has been created by Ms. Ying Sun.


Leo decides to share referees' reports for all peer-reviewed papers from now on. A link will be given for each publication.

April 2020

Collaboration work with Prof. Zhongshu Li at Sun Yat-Sen University has been accepted for publication in Dalton Trans. (available online). Congrats to Chenyang! In this work, we report the reactivity of an NHC-stabilized dicarbondiphosphide toward polar E-H bonds, leading to a series of unsymmetrical 1,3-diphosphetane and 1,3-diphosphetanium frameworks.


A collaboration paper entitled "Chemoselective Cross-Coupling between Two Different and Unactivated C(aryl)–O Bonds Enabled by Chromium Catalysis" with Prof. Xiaoming Zeng at Sichuan University has been accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (available online).

Xin Zhang will be joining the group as a post-doctoral scholar.

Dr. Jiancheng Li will be joining the group as a post-doctoral scholar.


Mar 2020

Dr. Yanbo Mei will be joining the group as a research assistant professor.

Feb 2020

Rui Wei will be joining the group as a post-doctoral scholar.

Jan 2020

Collaboration work with Prof. Zhongshu Li at Sun Yat-Sen University and Prof. Hansjörg Grützmacher at ETH has been accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. (available online). In this paper, we report the coordination chemistry of NHC-stabilized dicarbondiphosphides toward transition-metal centers. These C2P2 rings showcase the first examples of the neutral, four-membered ring, 6π-electron ligands in transition metal chemistry.

Dec 2019

​Leo has been invited to be a Member of Next Generation Advisory Board of Chem (from Feb 2020) (very proud of being on the same webpage with Guy and Doug).

The LLL Group Wechat has been set up.

Gongping Zhang, Shaoying Ju, and Chenyang Hu will be joining the group as research assistants.


Oct 2019

The LLL Group at SUSTech will be functioning in Sept, 2020.

Department of Chemistry,

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)