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Group Photo Winter 2023
From L to R: Richard, Radell, Will (standing), Ben (standing), Quang, Carlee, Tess, Graham, Fabio, Avery, Josh (standing)

Welcome to the Murphy Lab

We like to play around with hypervalent iodine reagents.  This includes blue LED chemistry of iodonium ylides, a-carbonyl halogenation, fluorinative rearrangements and HVI-mediated C–C bond forming reactions. We also engage in industrially-relevant deuterium chemistry, developing novel methods for deuterating small-molecule organics from either D2O or D2.

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 domestic graduate students are invited to contact Dr. Murphy regarding positions available.

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to review the admission requirements to assess their eligibility, and to submit their application packages early.

Offers of a graduate position can only be made upon admission to the graduate program at the University of Waterloo.

Postdoctoral applicants: No positions available at this time.

Contact address:

Dr. Graham Murphy

Dept. of Chemistry

University of Waterloo

200 University Ave W

Waterloo, Ont., Canada

N2L 3G1



Thursday, January 25, 2024

Radell Heads Back to Brazil

Radell's one-year stay in the lab is over and he now heads back to Brazil. It was great having you, and a very productive start to a collaboration with the Burtoloso Lab.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Radell and Avery Publish in AS&C

Our first paper in collaboration with the Burtoloso Lab of USP Brazil is published. If you are looking to a-arylate sulfoxonium ylides, give this new reaction a try.