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Dr Weichao Xue

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Weichao Xue (born in Pingdingshan/China) studied Chemistry at Henan University and Shanghai University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree with Prof. Feng Shi (2012) and master’s degree with Prof. Hegui Gong (2015). He then moved to Technische Universität Berlin to complete his doctoral research on silicon chemistry with Prof. Martin Oestreich, funded by the China Scholarship Council and Berlin Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering (2015–2019). Currently, he is awarded the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft research fellowship with Prof. Jonathan R. Nitschke, working on metal-organic capsules. Beyond chemistry, he likes beer, basketball, and travelling.


Publication lists: 

[14] “Copper-Catalyzed Regio- and Enantioselective Addition of Silicon Grignard Reagents to Alkenes Activated by Azaaryl Groups

W. Mao,† W. Xue,† E. Irran, M. Oestreich, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201958, 10723–10726. (Hot Paper) (†equal contribution)


[13] “Mechanistic Dichotomy of Magnesium- and Zinc-Based Germanium Nucleophiles in the C(sp3)–Ge Cross-Coupling with Alkyl Electrophiles

W. Xue,† W. Mao,† L, Zhang, M. Oestreich, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed201958, 6440–6443. (†equal contribution)


[12] “Silicon Grignard Reagents as Nucleophiles in  Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Allylic Substitution

W. Xue, M. Oestreich, Synthesis 201951, 233–239. (50 Years SYNTHESIS–Golden Anniversary Issue).


[11] “C(sp3)–Si Cross-Coupling”. (perspective)

S. Bähr, W. Xue, and M. Oestreich, ACS Catal. 20199, 16–24.


[10] “Bench-Stable Stock Solutions of Silicon Grignard Reagents: Application to Iron- and Cobalt-Catalyzed Radical C(sp3)–Si Cross-Coupling Reactions

W. Xue, R. Shishido, M. Oestreich, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed201857, 12141–12145. (Very Important Paper)


[9] “Copper-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Radical Silylation of Redox-Active Aliphatic Carboxylic Acid Derivatives

 W. Xue, M. Oestreich, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed201756, 11649–11652


[8] “Copper-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Silicon Pronucleophiles with Unactivated Alkyl Electrophiles Coupled with Radical Cyclization

W. Xue, Z.-W. Qu. S. Grimme, M. Oestreich, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 14222–14225.

[7] “Ester Formation via Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Alkyl Halides with Chloroformates

M. Zheng, W. Xue, T. Xue, H. Gong, Org. Lett. 201618, 6152–6155.

[6] “Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Aryl Bromides withTertiary Alkyl Halides

X. Wang, S. Wang, W. Xue, H. Gong, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015137, 11562–11565.


[5] “Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Alkyl Halides with Other Electrophiles: Concept and Mechanistic Considerations”. (invited tutorial account)

J. Gu, X. Wang, W. Xue, H. Gong, Org. Chem. Front20152, 1411–1421.


[4] “Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Cyclization of Alkyl Dihalides

W. Xue,† H. Xu,† Z. Liang, H. Gong, Org. Lett. 201416, 4984–4987. (†equal contribution).


[3] “Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Reductive Methylation of Alkyl Halides and Acid Chlorides with Methyl p-Tosylate”.

Z. Liang,† W. Xue,† K. Lin, H. Gong, Org. Lett201416, 5620–5623. (†equal contribution).


[2] “One-Pot Synthesis of Dihydrobenzisoxazoles from Hydroxylamines, Acetylenedicarboxylates, and Arynes via in situ Generation of Nitrones”.

P. Li, C. Wu, J. Zhao, Y. Li, W. Xue, F. Shi, Can. J. Chem201391, 43–50.


[1] “Pd-Catalyzed Oxidative Coupling of Monosubstitued Sydnones and Terminal Alkynes”.

C. Wu, P. Li, Y, Fang, J, Zhao, W. Xue, Y. Li, R. C. Larock, and F. Shi, Tetrahedron Lett201152, 3797–3801. 

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