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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 19, 2019Kevin and Avery Attend the University of Buffalo Conference

    Kevin and Avery went to the 37th annual Chemistry Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) in Buffalo, NY. They are the first Murphy Group members to attend this conference.

    Congrats on the talk (Avery) and poster (Kevin)!

  2. May 3, 2019Teaching Assistant Excellence Award Winners (Winter 2019)

    Congratulations to Tristan Chidley and Islam Jameel!

    This award acknowledges the outstanding efforts and achievements of the award winners. The very positive attitude and teaching skills of these individuals have considerable impact on enhancing the reputation of our undergraduate programs. 

    Well done, both of you!

  3. May 2, 2019Zhao and Islam's Paper in Synthesis is Accepted

    Our recent work on using tandem Friedel-Crafts alkylations to generate 9-(arylmethyl)fluorenes is accepted in Synthesis.

    Well done, both of you, and thanks for all your hard work.

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