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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. May 3, 2022The Summer Students Have Arrived

    Welcome to our newest group members Julie and Massimo. Julie is a UWaterloo undergrad who joined as an NSERC USRA summer student, and Massimo is a Mitacs Global Link Intern who joined us from Université Grenoble Alpes in France.

  2. Apr. 22, 2022Goodbye to the Thesis Project Students

    The end of the school year always means the end of the BSc thesis project students' time in the group. Thank you to Lydia, Audrey, Carina and Ellie for all your hard work, and to the rest of the team for supporting and mentoring these students during their time in the group.

    Best of luck in your future studies and in your new careers!

  3. Mar. 8, 2022Liam and Zhao Paper Published

    Liam and Zhao's mechanistic study on the alkene arylation reaction has been published in Can. J. Chem.

    This is our 2021 Keith Fagnou award lecture paper.


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