About Us


Our lab is located in the Yanghongyao Building, Fuzhou University. Our research interest is the application of organocatalysis and photocatalysis in small molecule and polymer synthesis, with further extension to medicinal chemistry and materials science.


Open Positions for Postdoc

There is a postdoc position now available (RMB 200,000 - 400,000/year)! Qualified candidates  (need first-author publications on organic chemistry or polymer chemistry) are welcome to apply. Please contact Prof. Liao by sending CV and research summary to joseph-liao at hotmail.com

PhD Position Available! (2022-09 entry)

There is a PhD position available since next September! Qualified candidates (in particular with a background of polymer chemistry) are welcome to apply. Please contact Prof. Liao by email with CV and research summary before 2022-01-28.

Recent Group News

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! Good job! See the paper.

2021-10-06: A Big Day today! 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: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20645-8.  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: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2021/py/d0py01715a. In this work, we achieved much better temporal control on the polymerization and higher efficiency. PyOH, a magic & dual functional molecule!