Dr Xiang Sun


Xiang Sun was born in 1991 in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China. In 2013, he graduated from Peking University with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy. He then studied organic synthetic methodology at Peking University, where he earned a master's degree in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Ning Jiao. Following that, he relocated to Germany to pursue his Ph.D. in Prof. Tobias Ritter's lab at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. Dr. Sun received the Walter Benjamin fellowship in 2022 and began his postdoctoral career in supramolecular chemistry at Cambridge University with Prof. Jonathan Nitschke. Outside the lab, he likes playing basketball, table tennis, and mahjong.


  1. Sun, X., Ritter, T "Decarboxylative polyfluoroarylation of aliphatic carboxylic acids" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 10557.

  2. Sun, X.; Chen, J.; Ritter, T. "Catalytic dehydrogenative decarboxyolefination of carboxylic acids" Nat. Chem. 2018, 10, 1229.

  3. Sun, X.;† Li, X.;† Song, S.; Zhu, Y.; Liang, Y.-F.; Jiao, N. (†equal contribution) "Mn-catalyzed highly efficient aerobic oxidative hydroxyazidation of olefins: a direct approach to β-azido alcohols." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 6059.

  4. Su, Y.;† Sun, X.;† Wu, G.; Jiao, N. (†equal contribution) "Catalyst-controlled highly selective coupling and oxygenation of olefins: a direct approach to alcohols, ketones and diketones." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 51, 9808.

  5. Tang, C.; Zou, M.; Liu, J.; Wen, X.; Sun, X.; Zhang, Y.; Jiao, N. "Rh-catalyzed direct amination of unactivated C(sp3)-H bond with anthranils under mild conditions." Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 11165.

  6. Song, S.; Sun, X.; Li, X.; Yuan, Y.; Jiao, N. "Efficient and practical oxidative bromination and iodination of arenes and heteroarenes with DMSO and hydrogen halide: a mild protocol for late-stage functionalization." Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 2886.

  7. Song, S.; Li, X.; Sun, X.; Yuan, Y.; Jiao, N. "Efficient bromination of olefins, alkynes, and ketones with dimethyl sulfoxide and hydrobromic acid." Green Chem. 2015, 17, 3285.

  8. Zhu, Y.; Li, X,; Wang, X.; Huang, X.; Shen, T.; Zhang, Y.; Sun, X.; Zou, M.; Song, S.; Jiao, N. "Silver-catalyzed decarboxylative azidation of aliphatic carboxylic acids." Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 4702.

  9. Feng, P.; Sun, X.; Su, Y.; Li, X.; Zhang, L.-H.; Shi, X.; Jiao, N. "Ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN) catalyzed modification of ketones via two C–C bond cleavages with the retention of the oxo-group." Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 3388.