Biography: Dr. Chao-Jun Li received his Ph.D. at McGill University (1992). He spent 1992-94 as a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and was an Assistant (1994), Associate (1998) and Full Professor (2000) at Tulane University. Since 2003, he has been a Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry and an E. B. Eddy Chair Professor at McGill University, Canada. He served as the founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Network (2009-2016), and currently serves as the Director of CFI Infrastructure for Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals, the Director of NSERC CREATE (Center) for Green Chemistry, and the Co-Director of the FQRNT Center for Green Chemistry and Catalysis. He is the Associate Editor for Green Chemistry (RSC, impact factor=9.1) since 2004. Dr. Li received the US NSF’s CAREER Award (1997), Outstanding Young Scientist Award (B) (NSF of China), a US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2001), the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (2010), and the R. U. Lemieux Award of the Canadian Chemical Society (2015).
Dr. Li was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK, 2007), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science) (2012), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2012), Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (2013), Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2015), and Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences for developing countries (2016). He has published >400 peer-reviewed articles, 6 books, and has given >400 plenary/keynote/invited lectures. His current research efforts are to develop Green Chemistry for organic synthesis based upon fundamentally new chemistry that will defy conventional reactivities and possess high “atom-efficiency”. Representative well-known researches include Grignard-type reactions in water, alkyne-aldehyde-amine coupling (A3-coupling), and Cross-Dehydrogenative-Coupling (CDC) reactions among others. His research has been cited widely in the literature (> 33,000 times, h-index=91, google scholar). Recently, he was listed among the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters (2014)