19. Li, H.; Lai, Z.; Adijiang, A.; Zhao, H.; An, J.* Selective C-N σ Bond Cleavage in Azetidinyl Amides under Transition Metal-Free Conditions. Molecules2019, 24, 459.


Invited contribution to a special issue “Amide Bond Activation”, guest editor: Prof. Michal Szostak

18. Ding, Y.; Luo, S.; Adijiang, A.; Zhao, H.; An, J.* Reductive Deuteration of Nitriles: The Synthesis of α,α-Dideuterio Amines by Sodium-Mediated Electron Transfer Reactions. J. Org. Chem., 201883, 12269–12274.



17. Lei, P.; Ding, Y.; Zhang, X.; Adijiang, A.; Li, H.; Ling, Y.; An, J.* A Practical and Chemoselective Ammonia-Free Birch Reduction. Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 3439-3442.


This work is highlighted by C&EN , in the Pipeline and Synfacts

16. Zhang, B.; Li, H.; Ding, Y.; Yan, Y.; An, J.* Reduction and Reductive Deuteration of Tertiary Amides Mediated by Sodium Dispersions with Distinct Proton Donor-Dependent Chemoselectivity. J. Org. Chem. 201883, 6006–6014.


15. Han, M.; Ding, Y.; Yan, Y.; Li, H.; Luo, S.; Adijiang, A.; Ling, Y.; An, J.* Transition-Metal-Free, Selective Reductive Deuteration of Terminal Alkynes with Sodium Dispersions and EtOD‑d 1. Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 8–11.


14. Lei, P.; Meng, G.; Shi, S.; Ling, Y.; An, J.; Szostak, R.; Szostak, M.* Suzuki–Miyaura Cross-Coupling of Amides and Esters at Room Temperature: Correlation with Barriers to Rotation around C–N and C–O Bonds. Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 6525–6530.

13. Lei, P.; Meng, G.; Ling, Y.; An, J.; Szostak, M.* Pd-PEPPSI: Pd-NHC Precatalyst for Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling Reactions of Amides. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 6638–6646.

12. Lei, P.; Meng, G.; Ling, Y.; An, J.; Nolan, S. P.; Szostak, M.* General Method for the Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling of Primary Amide-Derived Electrophiles Enabled by [Pd(NHC)(Cin)Cl] at Room Temperature. Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 6510–6513.8.

11. Li, H.; Zhang, B.; Dong, Y.; Liu, T.; Zhang, Y.; Nie, H.; Yang, R.; Ma, X.; Ling, Y.; An, J.* A Selective and Cost-Effective Method for the Reductive Deuteration of Activated Alkenes. Tetrahedron Lett. 2017, 58, 2757–2760.


10. Han, M.; Ma, X.; Yao, S.; Ding, Y.; Yan, Z.; Adijiang, A.; Wu, Y.; Li, H.; Zhang, Y.; Lei, P.; An, J.* Development of a Modified Bouveault–Blanc Reduction for the Selective Synthesis of α,α-Dideuterio Alcohols. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 1285–1290.


Postdoctoral and Doctoral Research

9. Fearnley, A. F.; An, J.; Jackson, M.; Lindovska, P.; Denton, R. M.* Synthesis of Quaternary Aryl Phosphonium Salts: Photoredox-Mediated Phosphine Arylation. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52 (28), 4987–4990.

8. An, J.; Work, D. N.; Kenyon, C.; Procter, D. J.* Evaluating a Sodium Dispersion Reagent for the Bouveault-Blanc Reduction of Esters. J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79 (14), 6743–6747.

7. An, J.; Denton, R. M.*; Lambert, T. H.*; Nacsa, E. D. The Development of Catalytic Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions: Challenges, Progress and Future Directions. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2014, 12 (19), 2993.

6. Tang, X.; An, J.; Denton, R. M.* A Procedure for Appel Halogenations and Dehydrations Using a Polystyrene Supported Phosphine Oxide. Tetrahedron Lett. 2014, 55 (4), 799–802.

5. An, J.; Denton, R. M. Heteroatom Methods. Annu. Reports Sect. “B” (Organic Chem.)  2013, 109, 167.

4. An, J.; Tang, X.; Moore, J.; Lewis, W.; Denton, R. M. Phosphorus(V)-Catalyzed Deoxydichlorination Reactions of Aldehydes. Tetrahedron 2013, 69 (41), 8769–8776.

3. Denton, R. M.*; An, J.; Lindovska, P.; Lewis, W. Phosphonium Salt-Catalysed Synthesis of Nitriles from in Situ Activated Oximes. Tetrahedron 2012, 68 (13), 2899–2905.

2. Denton, R. M.*; An, J.; Adeniran, B.; Blake, A. J.; Lewis, W.; Poulton, A. M. Catalytic Phosphorus ( V ) -Mediated Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions : Development of a Catalytic Appel Reaction. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 6749–6767.

1. Denton, R. M.*; An, J.; Adeniran, B. Phosphine Oxide-Catalysed Chlorination Reactions of Alcohols under Appel Conditions. Chem Commun 2010, 46, 3025–3027.