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About Us


Our lab at Xiamen University is ready! It is located at the Siming district with a beautiful seaview. Welcome to join us! Our research interest is the application of organocatalysis and photocatalysis in small molecule and polymer synthesis, aiming at the development of sustainable and functional materials.


Postdoc Positions @ Xiamen University

There are 2 postdoc positions now available in our lab at Xiamen University (200-400k RMB/year)! We are looking for qualified candidates (with a research background on polymer chemistry, materials, or organic synthesis). Please contact Prof. Liao by sending your CV and research summary to Welcome to join us!

Research Assistants @ Xiamen University

There are 2 positions now available in our lab at Xiamen University (80-200k RMB/year)! We are looking for self-motivated research assistants with research experience on polymer chemistry or organic synthesis. Please contact Prof. Liao by sending your CV and research summary to Welcome to join us!

Two PhD Positions @ Xiamen University Available! (2024-09 entry)

There are two PhD positions available since next September! Qualified candidates (with a research background on organic chemistry or polymer chemistry) are welcome to apply. Please contact Prof. Liao by email with CV and research summary before 2024-01-28. Welcome to join us!

Recent Group News

2021-12-30: Congratulations to Xun Zhang and Zan Yang, the development of the first organocatalytic stereoselective cationic RAFT polymerzation of vinyl ethers has been published on JACS

2021-11-03: Congratulations to Qiang Ma, the work on organocataytic PET-RAFT polymerization with our ODA catalyst (need 0.1 - 10 ppm catalyst only) is published in Polymer Chemistry. Take a look

2021-11-03: Congratulations to Dengfeng and Xingliang, the paper on electrochemical method for the generation of FSO2 radical is now online with Angew. Chem. 

2021-10-27: Congratulations to Zan Yang and Xun Zhang, the organocatalytic stereoselective cationic polymerzation work has been accepted for publication by Science China Chemistry! A 5-Year project. Congratulations! See the paper.

2021-10-06: Congratulations to Prof. Benjamin List, Prof. Liao's PhD supervisor, on winning the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry! Also, congratulations to Prof. MacMillan and all the people who have contributed to the field of Organocatalysis!

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 was awarded jointly to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan "for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis."

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2021-10-04: Our work on Organocatalytic Stereoselective Cationic Polymerizaiton of Vinyl Ethers is now online with ChemRxiv! Another magic story of confined acids and the IDPi catalysts in polymer chemistry! For our previous study on IDPi catalyzed polymerization, please see: Eur. Polym. J. 2020, 123: 109449



Congratulations to Xingliang! Our second radical fluorosulfonylation paper is now online! Take a look

BCASF is a powerful sulfonyl fluoride hub, which can be expected to be used in modification of peptides and proteins.


After a half-a-year tour, the divergent decarboxylative amination paper is finally accepted by SCIENCE CHINA Chemistry! Good job! Xianli and Ruting! Link.


Congratulations to Xun Zhang! The work on "Metal-Free Cationic Polymerization of Vinyl Ethers with Strict Temporal Control by Employing an Organophotocatalyst" now is online in JACS, see the paper.


Congratulations to Prof. Liao and Xun Zhang! The work on polymerization via excited-state proton transfer catalysis has been highlighted by Polymer Chemistry Blog as the Author of the Month. For details, please see the page

2021-01-18: The metal-free ATRP under sunlight is now online:  Congratulations to Qiang Ma again! This work has been highlighted by Nature Reviews Chemistry. Link.


Congratulations to Xun Zhang! The second paper on excited-state proton transfer catalysis in polymerization is now online: In this work, we achieved much better temporal control on the polymerization and higher efficiency. PyOH, a magic & dual functional molecule! 


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