C.J. Li

C.J. LiProfessor (E.B. Eddy Chair)
Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Green/Organic Chemistry

Co-Director, FQRNT Centre for Green Chemistry and Catalysis
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science)
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS)
Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)
Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences
B. Sc. (Zhengzhou University, 1983)
M.S. (Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1988)
Ph. D. (McGill University, 1992)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Stanford University, 1992-94)
Visiting Faculty, UC Berkeley (2002)
Professor (Assistant, Associate, Full) (Tulane University, 1994-2003)


(US) NSF CAREER Award, 1998-2002
Outstanding Young Oversea Scientist Award (NSFC), 2001
(US) Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic), 2001
Japan Society for Promotion of Science (Senior) Fellow, 2002
Honorary Research Professor (Chemistry Institute, Chinese Academy of Science)
Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham, UK
Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (individual), 2010
Award of Merit, Federation of the Chinese Canadian Professionals (ont), 2011
R. U. Lemieux Award  (CSC), 2015
Alfred Bader Award (CSC), 2018
Killam Fellow of the Canadian Council of Arts (2018)
Catalysis Award (CIC, 2020)
Humboldt Research Award (2021)

Contact Information

Office: OM 436A
Phone: (514)398-8457
Email: CJ.Li [at] McGill.CA
Lab: OM 440
Lab Phone: (514)398-6224
Web Page: Li Group Website

Research Themes


Research Description

1. Green Chemistry:
Explore new catalytic reactions that have high atom-efficiency in water and other cleaner media (CO2 and Ionic Liquids), and to transform these reactions into general synthetic tools for synthesizing biologically important compounds and organic materials in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.

  • C-C bond formations via catalytic C-H and C-X activation
  • Catalytic cyclization reactions
  • Catalytic asymmetric reactions
  • Catalytic functionalization of renewable materials.

2. Synthesis of biologically active compounds:
Developing new methods for synthesizing natural products and other biologically important compounds. One special interest is to develop synthesis and study of "Chemical Sensitizers" for targeted cancer therapy.

Currently Teaching

CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 1 Credits
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CHEM 621 Reaction Mech in Org Chem 5 Credits
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CHEM 701 Comprehensive Examination
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CHEM 702 Progress Assessment 2
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