RSC Conference Abstract Prize 2016 ICOS

The Royal Society of Chemistry was delighted to sponsor two Chemical Communications and five Organic Chemistry Frontiers Prizes for “Best Conference Abstracts” at the International Conference on New Challenges in Organic Synthesis which was held on 26-29 November at Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. 500 participants joined the discussion, thus making the conference exciting and successful.

Participants of ICOS 2016 (click to enlarge)

Professor Ang Li, winner of the 2016 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship, delivered his Lectureship talk during this conference.

Professor Ang Li

The conference was chaired by Professor Keiji Maruoka, who is an Advisory Board member for Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. The winner list of the RSC Conference Abstract Prize is as follows:

ChemComm Conference Abstract Prize:

  • Junliang Zhang from East China Normal University‘s poster was called “Highly Chemo- and site-selective C-H functionalizations of Phenols with α-Aryl-α-diazoesters
  • Fengtao Zhou from Northwestern Polytechnical University‘s poster was called “Design of Stronger Brønsted Acid Catalyts for Highly Enantioselective Mukaiyama-Mannich Reactions

Organic Chemistry Frontiers Conference Abstract Prize:

  • Chang-Qiu Zhao from Liaocheng University‘s poster was called “Non-epimerizative Alkylation of H-P Species to Stereospecifically Generate P-Stereogenic Phosphine oxides: Extreme Shortcut to Bis- or Functional Tertiary Phosphine Ligands
  • Hui Xing from the University of Queesnland‘s poster was called “Cubane as a Bezene Isostere: Entomological Evaluation
  • Yiyong Huang from Wuhan University of Technology‘s poster was called “Asymmetric Synthesis of 1,3-Butadienyl-2-carbinols by the Homoallenylboration of Aldehydes with a Chiral Phosphoric Acid Catalyst
  • Xianghua Yang from Guangdong University of Technology‘s poster was called “Push-pull olefins as potential organocatalysts: design, synthesis and reactivity
  • Yan Liu from Guangdong University of Technology‘s poster was called “Hypervalent Iodine-mediated Chemoselective and Efficient Iodination of Alkynes


Professor Keiji Maruoka (centre) and the poster prize winners


We would like to congratulate our prize winners! Well done!


Finally, Professor Véronique Gouverneur, Chair of the ChemComm Board, Professor Yong-Qiang Tu, ChemComm Associate Editor, and former Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board Member Helma Wennemers gave presentations at this conference.

Prof. Gouverneur, Tu & Wennemers (left to right)

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