Carnegie Mellon University

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University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
May 2014
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (mentor: Dennis P. Curran)


1. Pan, X.; Lacôte, E.; Lalevée, J.; Curran, D. P., Polarity reversal catalysis in radical reductions of halides by N-heterocyclic carbene boranes.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 5669-5674. 

2. Lamm, V.; Pan, X.; Taniguchi, T.; Curran, D. P., Reductions of aldehydes and ketones with a readily available N-heterocyclic carbene borane and acetic acid. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 20139, 675-680.

3. Pan, X.; Vallet, A.-L.; Schweizer, S.; Dahbi, K.; Delpech, B.; Blanchard, N.; Graff, B.; Geib, S. J.; Curran, D. P.; Lalevée, J.; Lacôte, E., Mechanistic and preparative studies of radical chain homolytic substitution reactions of N-heterocyclic carbene boranes and disulfides. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 10484-10491.

4. Pan, X.; Lalevée, J.; Lacôte, E.; Curran, D. P., Disulfides and boryl sulfides serve as both initiators and precatalysts in radical reductions of halides by an N-heterocyclic carbene⋅borane. Adv. Synth. Catal. 2013, 355, 3522-3526.

5. Pan, X.; Boussonnière, A.; Curran, D. P., Molecular iodine initiates hydroborations of alkenes with N-heterocyclic carbene boranes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 14433-14437.

6. Boussonnière, A.; Pan, X.; Geib, S. J.; Curran, D. P., Borenium-catalyzed hydroborations of silyl-substituted alkenes and alkynes with a readily available N-heterocyclic carbene–borane. Organometallics 2013, 32, 7445-7450.

7. Pan, X.; Curran, D. P., Neutral Sulfur Nucleophiles: Synthesis of thioethers and thioesters by substitution reactions of N-heterocyclic carbene boryl sulfides and thioamides. Org. Lett. 201416, 2728-2731.

8. Ribelli, T. G.; Konkolewicz, D.; Pan, X.; Matyjaszewski, K., Contribution of photochemistry to activator regeneration in ATRP. Macromolecules2014, 47, 6316–6321.

9. Pan, X.; Lamson, M.; Yan, J.; Matyjaszewski, K., Photoinduced Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Acrylonitrile. ACS Macro Lett.2015, 4, 192–196.

10. Damodaran, K.; Li, X.; Pan, X; Curran, D. P., Dynamic behavior of N-heterocyclic carbene boranes: boron–carbene bonds in B,B-disubstituted N,N-dimethylimidazol-2-ylidene boranes have substantial rotation barriers. J. Org. Chem.2015, 80, 4465–4469.

11. Pan, X.; Malhotra, N.; Zhang, J; Matyjaszewski, K., Photoinduced Fe-Based Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in the Absence of Additional Ligands, Reducing Agents, and Radical Initiators. Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 6948–6954.

12. Pan, X.; Malhotra, N.; Simakova, S.; Wang, Z.; Konkolewicz, D.; Matyjaszewski, K., Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with ppm-Level Cu Catalyst by Visible Light in Aqueous Media. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 15430–15433.

13. Pan, X.; Fang, C.; Fantin, M.;Malhotra, N.; So, W. Y.; Peteanu, L. A.; Isse, A. A.;Gennaro, A.; Liu, P.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Mechanism of Photoinduced Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Experimental and Computational Studies. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 2411–2425.