29. Wen-Xiong Zhang, Masayoshi Nishiura, and Zhaomin Hou*, Synthesis of (Z)-1-Aza-1,3-enynes by the Cross-Coupling of Terminal Alkynes with Isocyanides Catalyzed by Rare-Earth Metal Complexes,

   Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9700-9703. (Highlighted by Synfacts and Riken Research)


28. Wen-Xiong Zhang, Masayoshi Nishiura, Tomohiro Mashiko, and Zhaomin Hou*, Half-Sandwich o-N,N-Dimethylaminobenzyl Complexes over the Full Size Range of Group 3 and Lanthanide Metals. Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Catalysis of Phosphine P–H Bond Addition to Carbodiimides,

   Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 2167-2179. (VIP Highlight)


27. Zhenfeng Xi*, and Wen-Xiong Zhang*, Synthetic Methods for Multiply Substituted Butadiene-Containing Building Blocks,

  Synlett 2008, 2557–2570. (Account)

   DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1078257

26. Wen-Xiong Zhang, and Zhaomin Hou*, Catalytic Addition of Alkyne C-H, Amine N-H, and Phosphine P-H Bonds to Carbodiimides: An Efficient Route to Propiolamidines, Guanidines, and Phosphaguanidines,

   Org. Biomol. Chem. 2008, 6, 1720–1730. (Perspective Article and Cover Paper)  


25. Qifeng Wang, Wen-Xiong Zhang, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Pyranylidene Carbene Complexes from 1-Lithio-1,3-Dienes and M(CO)6 (M = Cr, Mo, W): Novel Synthesis and Demetallation Reaction,

Organometallics 2008, 27, 3627-3629.


24. Qian Luo, Chao Wang, Wen-Xiong Zhang, and Zhenfeng Xi*, CuCl-Mediated Tandem CO Insertion and Annulation of 1,4-Dilithio-1,3-dienes: Formation of Multiply Substituted Cyclopentadienones and/or Their Head-to-head Dimers,

   Chem. Commun. 2008, 1593–1595.


23. Dongzhen Li, An Shi, Wen-Xiong Zhang, Guangzhen Liu, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Selective Synthesis of Multiply Substituted 7-Norbornenone Derivatives or Diels-Alder Cycloadducts from 1,2,3,4-Tetrasubstituted 1,3-Butadienes and Maleic Anhydride with or without Lewis Acids,

Tetrahedron 2008, 64, 9895-9900.


22. Nan Yu, Congyang Wang, Fei Zhao, Lantao Liu, Wen-Xiong Zhang, and Zhenfeng Xi*, Diverse Reactions of 1,4-Dilithio-1,3-dienes with Nitriles: Facile Access to Tricyclic D1-Bipyrrolines, Multiply Substituted Pyridines, Siloles and (Z,Z)-Dienylsilanes by Tuning of Substituents on the Butadienyl Skeleton,

   Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 5670–5679.