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Welcome to the Murphy Lab

We like to play around with hypervalent iodine reagents.  Whether it's developing new methods for carbene formation, or for a-carbonyl functionalization, hypervalent iodine is the key. And, should our newly-developed methods lend themselves to the synthesis of a natural product, we will gladly accept the challenge.

Graduate and Undergraduate students:

We are always looking for motivated students to join our team. Those interested in carrying out Chem392 or Chem494 projects, as well as internships, exchanges or co-op placements in our labs are encouraged to contact Dr. Murphy. 

Prospective graduate students are invited to contact Dr. Murphy regarding positions available. Offers of a graduate position can only be made upon admission to the graduate program at the University of Waterloo. International students are strongly encouraged to review the admission requirements to assess their eligibility, and to apply early.

Postdoctoral applicants: No positions available at this time.

Applicants who have secured their own funding are encouraged to send their CV/biographical sketch, research summary and contact information for references to the address below by regular post.

Dr. Murphy

Dept. of Chemistry

University of Waterloo

200 University Ave W

Waterloo, Ont., Canada

N2L 3G1

  1. Aug. 12, 2022Fabio's First First-Author Paper Accepted

    Fabio and Leanne's work on the fluorocyclization of N-methoxyamides has been accepted in Tetrahedron. This will be part of a Special Issue in honour of Dr. John L. Wood.

    Congratulations Fabio and Leanne!

  2. Aug. 11, 2022Ben Gave an Excellent Chem794 Seminar

    Congratulations Ben on the excellent Chem794 presentation. The proposal seminar on your H/D exchange reaction development was top notch!

    Well done!

  3. July 14, 2022Avery's First First-Author Paper Published

    Avery's paper on the iodolium-catalyzed Nazarov Cyclization is published here in New. J. Chem.

    If anyone has thoughts on what oxygen might be doing, we would love to hear it.

    Congratulations Avery!

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