LI Minghao

Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry

Email: liminghaochem@hust.edu.cn

Academic Areas: Green Synthesis and Catalysis

ORCID: 0000-0003-0221-2405

Today, we have all become increasingly aware that the practice of organic chemistry is having a major detrimental impact on the environment. Given the plethora of synthetic methods at our disposal, the challenges for organic synthesis go beyond one of molecular complexity to encompass more convergent, atom/step efficient and sustainable processes. In recognition of the inevitable switch that must take place; we continue to devote most of our research program to developing alternative technologies that address the three key parameters associated with research today in organic synthesis:

1.Solvents: Harness Non-covalent Interaction for Replacement of Harmful Solvent;

2.Starting Materials: Valorize Bio-derived Platform Molecules into Heterocycles;

3.Process: Design Tandem Catalysis.

Academic Degrees


PhD in Material Physics and Chemistry, Huazhong University of Science and Technology;


B.A. in Applied Chemistry, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Professional Experience


Associate Professor at School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Huazhong University of Science and Technology


Associate Professor at Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering


Post-doc in West Virginia University


Post-doc in University of Tokyo

Courses Taught

1.Physical Chemistry

2.Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

Awards and Honors    

Selected Projects Funded

1.National Natural Science Foundation of China

2.Natural Science Foundation of Hubei province

3.Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities

Selected Publications

[1]Luxia Guo, Jiaqi Li, Luigi Vaccaro, Minghao Li,* Yanlong Gu,* Direct synthesis of N-aryl/alkyl 3-carbonylpyrroles from the Morita-Baylis-Hillman acetate of 2,2-dimethoxyacetaldehyde and a primary amine, Green Chemistry, 2021, 23, 9465.

[2]Feng Gao, Rongxian Bai, Minghao Li,* Yanlong Gu,* Dipolar HCP materials as alternatives to DMF solvent for azide-based synthesis, Green Chemistry, 2021, 23, 7499.

[3]Feng Gao, Rongxian Bai, Francesco Ferlin, Luigi Vaccaro, Minghao Li,* Yanlong Gu,* Replacement strategies for non-green dipolar aprotic solvents, Green Chemistry, 2020, 22, 6240.

[4]Minghao Li, Fengtian Wu, Yanlong Gu,* Bronsted acidic ionic liquid catalyzed synthesis of benzo[a]carbazole from renewable acetol and 2-phenylindoles in a biphasic system, Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 2019, 40, 1135.

[5]Minghao Li, Xiaohan Dong, Na Zhang, Francois Jerome,* Yanlong Gu,* Eco-efficient synthesis of 2-quinaldic acids from furfural, Green Chemistry, 2019, 21, 4650.

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