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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. Jan. 7, 2019Islam and Shafa Join the Group

    Two new students have joined the group. Ms. Islam Jameel is a new M.Sc. student, and Ms. Shafa Rizwan is an NSREC USRA intern. Both of them work on new reactions mediated by HVI reactions.

    Welcome to the group!

  2. Oct. 27, 2018Tristan, Avery, Kevin and Leanne Play at the Science Open HousePhoto

    Every year at the UWaterloo's Science Open House, we have a chemistry show with lots of fire, colour changes, smoke and explosions.  This year, Tristan, Avery, Kevin and Leanne all participated, and it was quite a show.

    Check it out here!

  3. Oct. 25, 2018Tristan's Paper Accepted to Org. Biomol. Chem.

    Tristan has been working on using Wittig reagents as precursors to metallocarbenes. This paper has been accepted to Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry for their upcoming themed issue on Carbenes in Synthesis.

    Congrats Tristan, and thanks for all the hard work.

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