21) Guistra, Z.; Tan, K. L. “The Efficient Desymmetrization of Glycerol using Scaffolding Catalysis” ChemComm., 2012, advanced article (Invited for the 2013 Emerging Investigator Issue; highlighted in Synfacts, 2012, 8, 1139).

20) Liu, R.; Yuan, G.; Joe, C. L.; Lightburn, T. E.; Tan, K. L.; Wang, D. "Silicon Nanowires as Photoelectrodes for Carbon Dioxide Fixation" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012,51, 6709-6712. (Selected as a Very Important Paper, Highlighted on the cover as well as in Wired Magazine (UK), Science Daily, Hydrogen Fuel News, AZoNano.)

19) Worthy, A.D.; Sun, X., Tan, K. L. "Site-Selective Catalysis: Toward a Regiodivergent Resolution of 1,2-Diols" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 7321-7324. (Highlighted in Synfacts, 2012, 8, 793)


18) Tan, K. L. "Temporary Intramolecularity" Nat. Chem., 2012, 4, 253-254.

17) Tan, K. L.; Sun, X.; Worthy, A. D. "Scaffolding Catalysis: Expanding the Repertoire of Bifunctional Catalysts" Synlett, 2012, 23, 321-325 (Invited Synpact)

16) Joe, C. L.; Tan, K. L. "Enantioselective Hydroformylation of Aniline Derivatives" J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 7590-7596.

15) Sun, X.; Worthy, A. D.; Tan, K. L. "Scaffolding Catalysts: Highly Enantioselective Desymmetrization Reactions" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 8167-8171. (Highlighted as Synfact of the month in Synfacts, 2011, 9, 1013)

14) Tan, K. L."Induced Intramolecularity: An Effective Strategy in Catalysis" ACS Catalysis 2011, 1, 877-886. (Highlighted on the cover)

13) Lightburn, T. E.; De Paolis, O. A.; Cheng, K. A.; Tan, K. L. "Regioselective Hydroformylation of Allylic Alcohols" Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 2686-2689.

12) Worthy, A.D.; Joe, C.L.; Lightburn, T.E.; Tan, K. L."Application of a Chiral Scaffolding Ligand in Catalytic Enantioselective Hydroformylation" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14757. (Highlighted in Synfacts, 2011, 1, 54 and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 809-812).

11) Sun, X.; Frimpong, K.; Tan, K.L. "Synthesis of Quaternary Carbon Centers via Hydroformylation" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 11841. (Highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News, August 16, 2010, p. 41)

10) Worthy, A.D.; Gagnon, M.M.; Dombrowski, M. T.; Tan, K.L. "Regioselective Hydroformylation of Sulfonamides using a Scaffolding Ligand" Org. Lett. 2009, 11 (13), 2764.

9) Lightburn, T.E.; Dombrowski, M.T.; Tan, K.L. "Catalytic Scaffolding Ligands: An Efficient Strategy for Directing Reactions" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 9210. (Highlighted in Synfacts, 2008, 10, 1080)

Graduate and Posdoctoral Publications

8) Tan K. L.; Jacobsen E. N. “Indium-Mediated Asymmetric Allylation of Acylhydrazones Using a Chiral Urea Catalyst,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 1315.

7) O’Malley; S.J.; Tan, K.L.; Watzke, A.F.; Bergman, R.G.; Ellman, J.A. “Total Synthesis of (+)-Lithospermic Acid by Asymmetric Intramolecular Alkylation via C-H Bond Activation.” J. Am. Chem Soc. 2005, 127, 13496.

6) Tan, K.L.; Park S.; Ellman, J.A.; Bergman, R.G. “Intermolecular Coupling of Alkenes to Heterocycles via C-H Bond Activation.” J. Org. Chem. 2004, 69, 7329.

5) Blum, S.A.; Tan, K.L.; Bergman, R.G.; “Application of physical organic methods to the investigation of organometallic reaction mechanisms.” J. Org. Chem. 2003, 68, 4127.

4) Tan, K.L.; Vasudevan, A.; Bergman, R.G.; Ellman, J.A.; Souers, A.J. “Microwave-assisted C-H bond activation: A rapid entry into functionalized heterocycles.” Org. Lett. 2003, 5, 2131.

3) Tan, K.L.; Ellman, J.A.; Bergman, R.G. “Intermolecular Coupling of Isomerizable Alkenes to Heterocycles via C-H Bond Activation.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 13964.

2) Tan, K.L.; Ellman, J.A.; Bergman, R.G. “Intermediacy of an N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complex in the Catalytic C-H Activation of a Substituted Benzimidazole.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 3202.

1) Tan, K.L.; Ellman, J.A.; Bergman, R.G. “Annulation of Alkenyl-Substituted Heterocycles via Rhodium-Catalyzed Intramolecular C-H Activated Coupling Reactions.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 2685.