Representative Works

Single Electron Mediated C-H Functionalization

"Formal Giese Addition of C(sp3)–H Nucleophiles Enabled by Visible Light Mediated Ni Catalysis of Triplet Enone Diradicals." Geun Seok Lee and Soon Hyeok Hong* Chem. Sci. 20189, 5810-5815.


"Photoredox Mediated Nickel Catalyzed C(sp3)–H Thiocarbonylation of Ethers." Byungjoon Kang and Soon Hyeok Hong* Chem. Sci. 20178, 6613-6618


Two-Electron Mediated C-H Functionalization

"Ligand-Promoted Direct C-H Arylation of Simple Arenes: Evidence for a Cooperative Bimetallic Mechanism." Jaewoon Kim and Soon Hyeok Hong* ACS Catal20177, 3336-3343, a Most Read ACS Catal. Article in April 2017.


Dehydrogenation & Hydrogen Transfer Reactions

"Selective Monomethylation of Amines with Methanol as the C1 Source." Geunho Choi and Soon Hyeok Hong* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 6166-6170.


"Ruthenium-Catalyzed Redox-Neutral and Single-Step Amide Synthesis from Alcohol and Nitrile with Complete Atom Economy." Byungjoon Kang+, Zhenqian Fu+, and Soon Hyeok Hong* (+equal contribution)  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013135, 11704-11707, Highlighted in ChemistryViewsOrganic Chemistry Portal . (Related work: Byungjoon Kang and Soon Hyeok Hong* Adv. Synth. Catal. 2015357, 834-840Daeun Kim, Byungjoon Kang, and Soon Hyeok Hong* Org. Chem. Front. 20163, 475-479.)


"Ruthenium-Catalyzed Urea Synthesis Using Methanol as the C1 Source." Seung Hyo Kim and Soon Hyeok Hong* Org. Lett. 201618, 212-215Highlighted in Organic Chemistry Portal. (Related work: Seoksun Kim and Soon Hyeok Hong* Adv. Synth. Catal2017359, 798-810, Selected as the Front Cover of March Issue 5, 2017.)


"Synthesis of Cyclic Imides from Simple Diols." Jian Zhang, Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Subhash Chandra Ghosh and Soon Hyeok Hong*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201049, 6391–6395, Highlighted in Synfacts 201011, 1128. (Related work: Jaewoon Kim and Soon Hyeok Hong* Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 4404-4407.)


"Fe-Catalyzed Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Secondary Benzylic Alcohols" Hansoo Song, Byungjoon Kang, and Soon Hyeok Hong*  ACS Catalysis 20144, 2889-2895.


"Dehydrogenative Amide Synthesis: Azide as a Nitrogen Source."  Zhenqian Fu+, Jeongbin Lee+, Byungjoon Kang, and Soon Hyeok Hong* (+equal contribution),  Org. Lett. 201214, 6028–6031. Highlighted in Organic Chemistry Portal. 


 “Direct Amide Synthesis from Alcohols and Amines by Phosphine-Free Ruthenium Catalyst.”  Subhash Chandra Ghosh, Senthilkumar Muthaiah, Yao Zhang, Xiangya Xu, and Soon Hyeok Hong* Adv. Synth. Catal. 2009351, 2643–2649, one of the Most Cited Adv. Synth. Catal. papers published in 2009 or 2010.


Carbon Dioxide Utilization

"Carbon Dioxide Capture and Use: Organic Synthesis Using Carbon Dioxide from Exhaust Gas."  Seung Hyo Kim, Kwang Hee Kim, and Soon Hyeok Hong* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201453, 771-774 Highlighted in the News Media.


"Transfer Hydrogenation of Organic Formates and Cyclic Carbonates: An Alternative Route to Methanol from Carbon Dioxide" Seung Hyo Kim and Soon Hyeok Hong* ACS Catalysis 20144, 3630-3636.


"Cyanuric Acid-Based Organocatalyst for Utilization of Carbon Dioxide at Atmospheric Pressure" Bing Yu, Daeun Kim, Seoksun Kim, and Soon Hyeok Hong* ChemSusChem 201710, 1080-1084


Weak Interactions

"CH-π and CF-π Interactions Lead to Structural Changes of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Palladium Complexes." Xiangya Xu+, Benjamin Pooi+, Hajime Hirao*, and Soon Hyeok Hong* (+equal contribution)  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201453, 1283-1287. (Related work: Xiangya Xu, Baochang Xu, Yongxin Li and Soon Hyeok Hong* Organometallics 201029, 6343-6349.)


Isocyanide & NHC Chemistry

"Organocatalytic Activation of Isocyanides: N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Enaminone Synthesis from Ketones." Jungwon Kim and Soon Hyeok Hong* Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 2401-2406. (Related work: Jungwon Kim and Soon Hyeok Hong* Org. Lett201719, 3259-3262.)


 "Tandem Insertion-Cyclization Reaction of Isocyanides in the Synthesis of 1,4-Diaryl-1H-imidazoles: Presence of N-Arylformimidate Intermediate" Benjamin Pooi, Jeongbin Lee, Kyujin Choi, Hajime Hirao*, and Soon Hyeok Hong* J. Org. Chem. 201479, 9231-9245Highlighted in Organic Chemistry PortalSynfacts 2015, 11(2), 0133


Au Catalysis

"Gold(I)-Catalyzed, Stereocontrolled Enamide Synthesis from Primary Amides and Propargyl Aldehydes Using a Tandem Strategy." Sang Min Kim, Dabon Lee, and Soon Hyeok Hong*, Org. Lett. 201416, 6168-6171. (Related work: Dabon Lee, Sang Min Kim, Hajime Hirao, and Soon Hyeok Hong* Org. Lett. 201719, 3131-3134.)