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Group News

  • 11/16/2016
    "Isosterism Creates New Catalytic Reactivity": Senmiao and Yuanzhe's trans-hydroboration work in J. Am. Chem. Soc. is highlighted in JACS Spotlights. [link]
  • 11/4/2016
    Andrew's communication on the synthesis and characterization of BN styrene-type polymers in collaboration with Prof. Frieder Jäkle at Rutgers University has been accepted by Chem. Commun. and is now available online as an Advance Article. Congrats! [link]
  • 10/24/2016
    Senmiao and Yuanzhe's communication on Pd-Senphos-catalyzed trans-hydroboration of 1,3-enynes has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats! [link]
  • 9/7/2016
    Hyelee's communication on establishing hydrogen bonding of 1,2-azaborines in the binding cavity of T4 lysozyme mutants in collaboration with Prof. Brian Shoichet at UCSF has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats! [link]
  • 9/2/2016
    Tjark Harders from Tübingen University joins the Liu lab as a visiting scholar. Welcome!
  • 8/25/2016
    The Liu group went for its annual group trip to Newport, RI on August 24, 2016. Pictures have now been posted in the Gallery.
  • 8/25/2016
    Hyelee has been selected as a BC Chemistry Graduate Fellow. Congrats!
  • 8/22/2016
    The Chemistry Department introduces electronic laboratory notebooks in a pilot project! [link]
  • 7/25/2016
    Boron Chemistry is highlighted in the latest issue of C&EN. [link]
  • 7/22/2016
    Zach's communication on the –CH2–CH2– dehydrogenation chemistry of BN heterocycles in collaboration with the Tsung group has been accepted by Organometallics. Congrats! [link]
  • 7/5/2016
    The "Total Synthesis Presentations by Liu Group Members" link under Publications has been updated with new entries.
  • 5/23/2016
    Wei Luo (a Liu Group alumnus) at Wuhan University has been promoted to a Full Professor of Chemistry. Congrats!
  • 5/2/2016
    Xuguang's communication on a modular synthesis of monocyclic 1,4-azaborines has been accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congrats!
  • 3/14/2016
    Prof. Senmiao Xu (a Liu Group alumnus) at Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (Suzhou branch) is one of the recipients of the "1000 Plan Recruitment for Young Talents". Congrats! [link]
  • 2/18/2016
    Dr. Kiran Sagar (Ph.D. with Prof. Graham Bodwell) joins the Liu Research Group as a Postdoc. Welcome!
  • 1/26/2016
    Our collaborative work with Prof. Sykes at Tufts University concerning the Magic Cluster formation of azaborine heterocycles on metal surfaces has been accepted by the J. Phys. Chem. C. and is highlighted by the journal cover of issue number 11. Congrats! [link]
  • 1/8/2016
    Andrew defends his thesis and will start his teaching appointment at Bucknell University this Spring term. Congrats!
  • 1/5/2016
    The Liu Group celebrates the new year at Jillian's. Pictures have been posted in the Gallery.
  • 1/2/2016
    • Happy 2016! First-year students Julia, Mengdi, and Nicole join the Liu Research Group. Welcome!

    • The "Total Synthesis Presentations by Liu Group Members" link under Publications has been updated with new entries.
  • 12/2/2015
    Our collaborative paper with PNNL and The University of Alabama on liquid-phase hydrogen storage material blends has been accepted by Dalton Trans. and is now available online as an Advance Article. Congrats! [link]
  • 11/23/2015
    Jacob and Cameron visited Wakefield Memorial High School in late October in an outreach effort to promote chemistry among highschool students. We thank Ms. Sheri Prosperi for coordinating the two-day event and for the kind hospitality! Pictures have now been uploaded to the gallery. [link]
  • 11/6/2015
    Zach and Jacob's review article entitled "Homogeneous Metal Catalysis for Conversion Between Aromatic and Saturated Compounds" has been accepted by Coord. Chem. Rev. Congrats! It will appear as part of the Special Issue on "Recent Developments in Organometallic Chemistry: 2016."
  • 10/13/2015
    Jacob's paper on the synthesis and characterization of metal coordination complexes of BN heterocycles in collaboration with the Weller Group has been accepted by Chem. Eur. J. Congrats!
  • 10/12/2015
    Jacob received a Poster Prize for his presentation at the Boston College Graduate Student Symposium. Congrats!
  • 9/10/2015
    Andrew's paper in collaboration with the Jäkle Group is now available in the current issue (Issue 38) of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. It has been selected by the editors as a "Hot Paper", and it is highlighted by an Inside Cover of the issue. [link]
  • 8/27/2015
    Liu's selection as a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Fellow by the Humboldt foundation is highlighted in the current issue of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. [link]
  • 7/18/2015
    The Liu group went for its annual group trip to Gloucester, MA on July 8, 2015. Pictures have now been posted in the Gallery.
  • 7/14/2015
    Andrew's communication on the synthesis and characterization of BN polyparaphenylene in collaboration with the Jäkle Group been accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congrats!
  • 7/6/2015
    Alec's communication on the the compatibility of the Negishi cross coupling with the labile B-Cl group in the context of late-stage functionalization of 1,2-azaborines has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats! [link]
  • 7/2/2015
    Introducing "Total Synthesis Presentations by Liu Group Members": Liu Group members present total syntheses of natural products published in the recent literature, including possible arrow-pushing mechanisms of key reaction steps. Please check out the link under Publications. [link]
  • 6/24/2015
    Our contributions on the Diels-Alder reaction of 1,2-azaborines and the synthesis and characterization of BN benzyne appear as back-to-back communications in the current issue (Issue 27) of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. [link]
  • 6/18/2015
    Liu has been selected to receive a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. Congrats!
  • 6/12/2015
    Alec defends his thesis and will start his teaching appointment at Franklin and Marshall College later this summer. Congrats!
  • 5/23/2015
    Our collaborative work with Prof. Andrew Marcus on the electronic dipole transition moments of BN indoles has been accepted by J. Phys. Chem. B and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats! [link]
  • 5/7/2015
    Rich's communication on Diels-Alder reactions of 1,2-azaborines has been accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congrats!
  • 4/14/2015
    Andrew's paper on the regioselective C6-borylation of 1,2-azaborines has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats! [link]
  • 4/13/2015
    Our collaborative work on the isolation and characterization of the parent "BN benzyne" with Prof. Bettinger has been accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congrats!
  • 4/6/2015
    Our collaborative work with Prof. Sykes at Tufts University on the temperature-programmed desorption of the parent 1,2-azaborine from metal surfaces has been accepted by the J. Phys. Chem. C. Congrats! [link]
  • 1/30/2015
    The Liu Group mourns the passing of a very talented alumnus, Gregory Harlow. May he rest in peace.
  • 1/21/2015
    "New Hydrogen Storage Material Can Take the Heat": Gang's bis-BN cyclohexane work in J. Am. Chem. Soc. in collaboration with PNNL and The University of Alabama is also highlighted in JACS Spotlights. [link]
  • 1/19/2015
    The Liu Group bids farewell to Gang Chen, Xuguang Liu, and Senmiao Xu and welcomes Yuanzhe Zhang at Jillian's. Pictures have been posted in the Gallery.
  • 1/10/2015
    Liu's profile appears in the current issue of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (Vol. 54, Issue 3). [link]
  • 1/8/2015
    Gang's bis-BN cyclohexane work in J. Am. Chem. Soc. in collaboration with PNNL and The University of Alabama is highlighted in Chem. Eng. News. [link]
  • 1/7/2015
    Yuanzhe Zhang joins the Liu Research Group as a first-year student. Welcome!
  • 12/15/2014
    Gang's communication on Bis-BN Cyclohexane in collaboration with the hydrogen storage teams at PNNL and Alabama has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats! [link]
  • 12/4/2014
    Liu Research Group members visited Deerfield Academy in a continued outreach effort to promote chemistry among highschool students. We thank Dr. Ivory Hills for coordinating the day-long event and for the kind hospitality! Pictures have been uploaded to the gallery. [link]
  • 11/4/2014
    The pictures of the Liu Lab at BC have been updated. Please check our lab out! [link]
  • 10/2/2014
    Our work on BN anthracenes has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats! [link]
  • 9/22/2014
    Andrew has been named a John Lamattina Graduate Fellow. Congrats!
  • 9/5/2014
    Liu's author profile is highlighted in Angewandte Chemie! [link]
  • 8/27/2014
    Pictures from the BORAM 14 conference have been posted in the Gallery.
  • 8/20/2014
    The Liu group went for its annual group trip to Revere Beach, the first public beach in the United States. Pictures have been posted in the Gallery.
  • 8/11/2014
    Highschool student Anya Shevzov-Zebrun from Deerfield Academy joins the Liu lab for a week-long research internship. Welcome!
  • 8/4/2014
    Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Anna Chrostowska on the electronic structure characterizaton of BN indoles has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats! [link]
  • 7/14/2014
    Dr. Zhiqiang Liu from Shandong University joins the Liu lab as a postdoctoral associate. Welcome!
  • 6/20/2014
    Liu group members attended the BORAM 14 conference at Rutgers University.
  • 6/6/2014
    Alec's paper entitled "Rhodium-Catalyzed B–H Activation of 1,2-Azaborines: Synthesis and Characterization of BN Isosteres of Stilbenes" has been accepted by Org. Lett. Congrats!
  • 5/6/2014
    The Liu group went to the Red Sox game vs. Cincinnati Reds. Red Sox beat the Reds 4-3 in 12 innings through a walk off hit by outfielder Grady Sizemore. Pictures have been posted in the Gallery.
  • 4/9/2014
    Senmiao's paper entitled "Monobenzofused 1,4-Azaborines: Synthesis, Characterization, and Discovery of a Unique Coordination Mode" has been accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. as a communication. Congrats!
  • 3/14/2014
    Highschool student Anya Shevzov-Zebrun from Deerfield Academy visits the Liu lab to learn more about life in chemistry graduate school. Pictures have been posted in the Gallery.
  • 3/12/2014
    Liu is selected one of the ACS 2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellows and will be giving a talk in the Organometallics Symposium at the 248th ACS Meeting in San Francisco. Congrats! [link]
  • 1/29/2014
    The Liu Group welcomes Randy Chou as a joint student with the Tsung Group to support our efforts in developing novel hydrogen storage materials.
  • 1/2/2014
    • Dr. Richard Burford from the Piers group joins the Liu Research Group as a postdoctoral scholar. Welcome!

    • Dr. Peng Zhao rejoins the Liu Group at Boston College after completing his work at the University of Oregon. Welcome back!
  • 12/21/2013
    Pictures of the Liu Lab have been posted in the Gallery.
  • 12/9/2013
    • First-year students Katie Boknevitz and Cameron McConnell join the Liu Research Group. Welcome!

    • Philipp Memmel joins the Liu lab as a visiting scholar from TU Clausthal, Germany. Welcome!
  • 11/13/2013
    Andrew and Alec visited Deerfield Academy in an outreach effort to promote science in general and chemistry specifically among highschool students. We thank Dr. Ivory Hills for coordinating the day-long event and for the kind hospitality!
  • 11/2/2013
    Gabe's B-arylation paper in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. is highlighted in SYNFACTS. [link]
  • 9/26/2013
    The Liu group went for its inaugural group trip at Boston College to Castle Island. Pictures have been posted in the Gallery.
  • 9/12/2013
    The Liu Research Group at Boston College is now open for business. Group members set up the first experiments!
  • 8/14/2013
    Gregory's communication in Organometallics on the binding of diols to a BN cyclohexane derivative is now available online. [link]
  • 8/12/2013
    Gregory's paper on the binding of diols to a BN cyclohexane derivative has been accepted by Organometallics as an invited contribution to the themed issue "Applications of Electrophilic Main Group Organometallic Molecules". Congrats!
  • 8/6/2013
    Our paper on a protecting group-free synthesis of 1,2-azaborines has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online as a Just Accepted Manuscript. Congrats to Eric, Ashley, and Andrew! [link]


  • 8/1/2013
    • The Liu Research Group is relocating to Boston College!

    • Zachary Giustra and Hyelee Lee join the Liu Group at BC. Welcome!