University:University of California- Los Angeles
Personal Statement:Yi was born in Baoding, a small city in China, and moved to the United States in 2012. She finished her BS and MS at UCLA and decided to continue her grad studies there as well under Paula Diaconescu. She loves traveling around when she has time and spending time with her lovely cat. You can find pictures of the cat in Yi's IG and Wechat.
I am doing research on assisted, tandem catalysis where serial reactions are carried out by a single catalyst. I worked on developing redox-switchable assisted tandem catalysts for hydroelementation reactions. We employed a redox active ferrocene-based ligand in our catalysts design so the electronic property of the catalysts can be triggered by oxidation/reduction. Thus, changes in reactivity and/or selectivity towards different reactions/substrates are expected.
Within the CIC program, I am working on the conversion of carbon dioxide and ethylene to acrylates followed by polymerization of acrylates in tandem. The second project that I am working on in CIC focus on developing a photo/redox-switchable system for direct copolymerization of CO2 and C2H4 involving an alternation between two states of the catalyst.
Y. Shen, S. M. Shepard, C. J. Reed, P. L. Diaconescu, Zirconium Complexes Supported by Ferrocene-Based Ligand as Redox Switches for Hydroamination Reactions, Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 5587.
K. O. Kirlikovali, E. Cho, T. J. Downard, L. Grigoryan, Z. Han, S. Hong, D. Jung, J. C. Quintana, V. Reynoso, S. Ro, Y. Shen, K. Swartz, E. T. Sahakyan, A. I. Wixtrom, B. Yoshida, A. L. Rheingoldb, A. M. Spokoyny, Buchwald–Hartwig Amination Using Pd(I) Dimer Precatalysts Supported by Biaryl Phosphine Ligands, Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 3684.