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Yi Li

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Yi Li is now Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University. He studied for his PhD with Professor Manfred Hesse at the University of Zurich, investigating the synthesis of polyamine alkaloids. He then held Postdoctoral Fellowships with Professor Tony Barrett at Imperial College, London, and Professor Karl Hale, at University College London and Queens University, Belfast. In 2008, Yi Li joined Professor Gerry Pattenden at the University of Nottingham to study the biomimetic synthesis of complex polycyclic diterpenes found in corals. He was first appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University in 2011 and promoted to the current position in 2015. Yi Lis research interests have been in the development of strategies for organic synthesis and total synthesis of biologically active natural products.

Research interests

Organic Synthesis and Natural Products

Natural products have served as the invaluable sources for drug discovery and the inspiration of organic synthesis which remains the cornerstone of future developments in biosciences, materials science, medicine and molecular engineering for decades to come.

My research focuses on the synthetic studies of select natural products of biomedical significance and the development of synthetic methodology for the construction of complex, biologically intriguing molecules.



Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Xiapos;an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China - 2011 to Present

Research Fellow (with Prof. Gerry Pattenden, FRS), School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham - 2008 to 2011

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (with Prof. Karl Hale), University College London and Queenapos;s University, Belfast - 2004 to 2008

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (with Prof. Tony Barrett, FRS), Department of Chemistry, Imperial College - 2002 to 2004

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. , Organic Chemistry; University of Zürich, Switzerland, - 2002

M.C. , Master of Chemistry; The University of New South Wales, Australia, - 1998

B.S. , Bachelor of Science (Chemistry); Zhengzhou University, China, - 1988

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