Wei XU

2014 B.S. in Applied Chemistry
School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

2019 Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry
State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China (Prof. Yuanhong Liu)

2019-2020 Post-doctoral fellow
Institute of Microbial Chemistry (BIKAKEN), Tokyo, Japan
(Prof. Masakatsu Shibasaki and Dr. Naoya Kumagai)

2021 Project assistant professor
Faculty of Pharmacy, Keio University



1. Strategic Synthesis of Asymmetrically Substituted C4N4 Fluorophores.
 Xu. W.; Kohei, M.; Shibasaki, M.*; Kumagai, N.* Synthesis, 2021, 53, 3355.

2. Gold-Catalyzed Spirocyclization of Furan-ynones and Unexpected Skeleton Rearrangement of the Resulting
 Chen, Y.; Xu, W.; Xie, X.*; Pei, M.; Lu, M.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Y.* Org. Lett. 2021, 23, 1090.

3. Benzofurazan N-Oxides as Mild Reagents for the Generation of α-Imino Gold Carbenes: Synthesis of
 Functionalized 7‑Nitroindoles.
 Xu, W.; Chen, Y.; Wang, A.; Liu, Y.* Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 7613.

4. Ligandless nickel-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of alkenes and alkynes using water as the hydrogen donor.
 Hu, X.; Wang, G.; Qin, C.; Xie, X.; Zhang, C.; Xu, W.; Liu, Y.* Org. Chem. Front. 2019, 6, 2619.

5. Dehalogenative Deuteration of Unactivated Alkyl Halides Using D2O as the Deuterium Source.
 Xia, A.; Xie, X.; Hu, X.; Xu, W.; Liu, Y.* J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 13841.

6. Ligand-Controlled Regiodivergent Silylation of Allylic Alcohols by Ni/Cu Catalysis for the Synthesis of
 Functionalized Allylsilanes. Gan, Y.; Xu, W.; Liu Y. * Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 9652.

7. Nickel-catalyzed highly regioselective hydrocyanation of alkenes with Zn(CN)2.
 Wang, G.; Xie, X.; Xu, W.; Liu, Y.* Org. Chem. Front. 2019, 6, 2037.

8. Gold(I)-Catalyzed Formal Intramolecular Dehydro-Diels–Alder Reaction of Ynamide-ynes: Synthesis of
 Functionalized Benzo[b]carbazoles.
 Xu, W.; Wang, G.; Xie, X.; Liu, Y.* Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 3273.

9. Selective [5 + 1] and [5 + 2] Cycloaddition of Ynamides or Propargyl Esters with Benzo[d]isoxazoles via Gold
 Catalysis. Xu, W.; Zhao, J.; Li, X.; Liu, Y.* J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 15470.

10. Gold-Catalyzed Oxidative Cyclizations of o-(Alkynyl)phenyl Propargyl Ethers Involving 1,2-Enynyl Migration:
  Synthesis of Functionalized 1H-Isochromene, Isocoumarin and 2H-Pyran Derivatives.
  Zhao, J.; Xu, W.; Xie, X.; Sun, N.; Li, X; Liu, Y.* Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 5461.

11. Gold-Catalyzed Formal [3 + 2] Cycloaddition of Ynamides with 4,5‑Dihydro-1,2,4-oxadiazoles: Synthesis of
Functionalized 4‑Aminoimidazoles.
Xu, W.; Wang, G.; Sun, N.; Liu, Y.* Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 3307.

12. Gold-catalyzed cyclization of 1,6-diynyl dithioacetals via 1,7-carbene transfer and aromatic C–H
functionalization. Xu, W.; Chen, M.; Sun, N.; Liu, Y.* Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 11000.

13. Gold-Catalyzed Ring Expansion of Alkynyl Heterocycles through 1,2-Migration of an Endocyclic Carbon–
Heteroatom Bond. Chen, M.; Sun, N.; Xu, W.; Zhao, J.; Wang, G.; Liu, Y.* Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 18571.