Professor, Chemistry

Research interests: synthetic organic chemistry; alternative approaches to metallocarbene and metallonitrene intermediates; organic electrolytes for lithium air batteries


Professor Graham Murphy’s area of expertise is synthetic organic chemistry, spanning both method development and target-oriented synthesis. The research in his group involves the development of synthetic reactions, and using his synthetic expertise to address issues of broader scientific concern, such as the design and synthesis of organic electrolytes for use in battery technologies.

Murphy received his B.Sc. (Chemistry, Co-op) from the University of Victoria. He then attended the University of Alberta for graduate school, where he held both the AHFMR and NSERC PGS-D awards. His postdoctoral appointments in natural product synthesis consisted of one year as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Tohoku University, Japan, and nearly three years as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University.  He then spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow with the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) at the University of Alberta. Murphy began his independent career at the University of Waterloo in 2011.


  • Postdoctoral, Biorefining Conversions Network, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta; Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University; Department of Chemistry, Tohoku University

  • PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Alberta, 2001

  • BSc, Chemistry, University of Victoria, 2006

Graham Murphy

University of Waterloo