Education and Employment:
July 2017 - present: Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo.
November 2011 – June 2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo.
October 2010 – October 2011: Post-Doctoral Fellow: Biorefining Conversions Network, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) under the supervision of Dr. F.G. West.
January 2008 – August 2010: NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow: Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University (Colorado, USA) under the supervision of Dr. John L. Wood.
November 2006 – November 2007: JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow: Department of Chemistry, Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan) under the supervision of Dr. M. Hirama.
September 2001 – October 2006: Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry): Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) under the supervision of Dr. F.G. West.
September 1994 – December 2000: B.Sc. (Chemistry Major, Co-Op Program): University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada).
Honours and Awards:
Keith Fagnou Award of the Canadian Chemical Society, 2021
Outstanding Performance Award, Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo. 2018, 2015
Province of Ontario Early Researcher Award, 2016
CNC-IUPAC Travel Award, 2016 (For attending ICOS21 in Bombay, India)
Chem Club Periodic Table of Teaching Excellence Award 2014
NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2008–2010
JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2006–2007
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Graduate Scholarship, 2004
NSERC PGS D2, 2004–2006
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Graduate Studentship, 2002–2007
January - August 2001: Merck-Frosst, Montreal, QC.
May 1999 - April 2000: Kao Corporation, Tochigi, Japan.
January - August 1998: Raylo Chemical, Edmonton, AB.
May - August 1997: Suncor Energy, Fort McMurray, AB.
January - April 1996: Cominco LTD, Vancouver, BC.
Avery has joined the group for his M.Sc./Ph.D. studies.
He is exploring new areas for fluorinative rearrangements, in the context of cyclizations and ring expansions.
Ben was a Chem494 BSc Thesis Project (2021) student working with iodonium ylides.
He has returned to the group to work on deuteration of small molecule organics as part of an NSERC Alliance collaboration.
Julie is a 3rd year UWaterloo Med Chem undergrad who is working with Fabio on alkene arylation reactions.
Massimo is a 1st year MSc student from Université Grenoble Alpes in France. He joined the group for his international internship placement, and will work on denitrogenative fluorinations of hydrazone derivatives.
Mike has joined the team to work on deutaration chemistry.
Tristan develops new hypervalent iodine-based methods to generate cyclopropanes. He works with monocarbonyl iodonium ylides and dicarbonyl iodonium ylides. He recently began investigating the blue LED photochemistry of iodonium ylides.
In November 2019, we was recognized with the "Best Flash Talk" of the 30th QOMSBOC meeting. Congratulations!
He finished his PhD in 2021 and has headed off to industry.
All the best Tristan!
Islam recently completed her BSc at the University of Waterloo, and she joined the Murphy Lab for her graduate work.
It should be evident that she works with LEDs.
Owen is working on fluorinative amino-cyclizations.
Dan has joined the lab to work on fluorinated heterocycle synthesis.
Kevin worked on halogenative cyclization reactions for his Chem494 thesis project, and he returned to the group this fall for his MSc studies.
Welcome back Kevin!
And now he's all done! Thanks for all the hard work Kevin, and best of luck in your career.
Dr. Raed Al-Zoubi has joined the lab for a one-year sabbatical stay. The goal is to merge his work on poly-iodinated arenes with our HVI chemistry, to see what new chemistry might be created. Welcome to the lab.
Liam works on oxidative alkene arylation reactions. When he's not doing this, he's usually trying to come up with some new reactions.
Leanne works in collaboration with the Valliant group at McMaster University. Her research focuses on the use of hypervalent iodine reagents to incorporate radioactive fluorine in biologically relevant molecules.
She is a recipient of the H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Sciences.
Mila joins the lab as a Chem494 thesis student, working on new oxidation strategies for catalytic iodosoarene generation.
Sabin Lee has joined the lab to work on fluorinative rearrangements of N-containing heterocycles.
Nicole joined the lab as a 494 thesis project student, and she’s playing around with some new ylide reactivity.
Zoltan has joined the group as part of our recent NSERC Engage project synthesizing phenol-based natural products.
Welcome to the group!
Grace just keeps coming back for more hypervalent iodine...
She started in the lab as a UW URI Co-op Student in Winter 2016 and worked on halogenation reactions. She came back for another term in Fall 2016 to work on new chemistry of iodonium ylides .
Now she has come back to work with us for her Chem494 thesis project, developing medicinal applications of HVI reagents.
Zhao developed many of our hydrazone and fluorinative rearrangement projects.
We wish him all the best as he pursues his next training at The Scripps Research Institute.
Cicely has joined the group to work on our industrial collaboration with Isowater Corp. of Collingwood, Ontario. She is developing a synthesis of deuterated organic compounds from common feedstocks.
Lilian has joined the group to work on an asymmetric version of our metal-free "carbenoid" reactions, in collaboration with the Quideau Lab of the University of Bordeaux.
Denzel joined the lab in 2016 and worked jointly between the Murphy and Hopkins labs as part of a project with the UWaterloo start-up company Suncayr (UW Co-op Student, January-August 2016).
He returned as a joint student for his Chem494 undergraduate thesis project, which will involve the total synthesis of "societally-relevant" natural products...
Amanda has joined the group to work on our deuteration project with our industrial partner, and hopefully spruce up the group website.
Welcome to the lab!
Jason plays with diazoketone functionalization and whatever else he dreams up. He also seems to like investigating new reactivity of HVI reagents, including cyclopropanation reactions of iodonium ylides.
Myriam joined the group in Fall 2015 to work on new halogenation reactions of hypervalent iodine reagents. After developing some novel Apple-type chemistry, she moved on to the fluorination of hydrazones.
She defended her MSc thesis in September 2017 and is off to see the world.
Best of luck!
Richard started in the group as a coop student.
After a stint at Syncrude, he returned to the Murphy lab to do his Chem494 Undergraduate Project.
Then Richard joined the group for his MSc in Fall 2015. When Richard wasn't fluorinating molecules like a champ, he's usually lounging under a tree with his guitar. He's still an inspiration to all the guys in the group...
Now that he's done, he has moved on to industry, taking a position with Piramal Solutions.
When Farhana wasn't in the chemistry lab, she could be found at local basketball slam dunk contests. During her time in the lab she became a pro at making and derivatizing diazoisatins.
Farhana loves us to much that she's coming back for the Chem494 Undergraduate Thesis Project. Welcome back!
After his first summer of playing in the lab, Boris decided he hadn't had enough yet, so he came back and joined us in 2016. Will he come back for a third stay? Only time will tell...
Russel has joined the Murphy & Nazar groups under the NRCan umbrella to work on the design, synthesis and evaluation of organic electrolytes for battery technologies.
Welcome to the groups, and congratulations on the award!
Abhi has joined the Murphy & Nazar groups under the NRCan umbrella to work on the design, synthesis and evaluation of organic electrolytes for battery technologies.
Welcome to the group!
Geoff joined the group (as the first member of the Murphy/Hopkins research collaboration) as a UW Coop Student (Summer 2014). After a four-month placement in the Hopkins lab doing modelling studies on the activation step of the fluorination reaction, Geoff has now come to the organic lab to put his results to the test.
He decided he couldn't get enough of the good times, so he stuck with us for his Chem494 Undergraduate Project.
Welcome (back) to the group!
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has sent forth another of her subjects to study chemistry in the Commonwealth nation of Canada. Welcome, and remember that we use z not s...
Krystina is working on the halogenation of aromatic compounds.
Dermot is trying to make monocarbonyl iodonium ylides into effective surrogates for diazocarbonyls.
He has since retruned to Ir..eland, and we wish him all the best.
Keith was working on halogenating diazo dicarbonyls and batting clean-up on the hydrazone oxidation/halogenation reaction. (See group publications 13 and 14).
Amy was working on functionalizing indole derivatives using our halogenation reaction.
Thanks for all your hard work during your time here. Best of luck in your future.
When he wasn't eating delicious apple pie (or banana bread, etc.), Ryan worked on using hydrazones as starting materials for the halogenation reaction.
Thanks for all your hard work during your work term, and best of luck with your studies!
Maegan worked with Jason on developing the arene transfer reaction. In her spare time she can be found at karaoke or making Youtube videos.
Judith joined the lab as part of her undergraduate Chem 392 project. She was making a variety of iodosoaryl compounds and showing the PhD student how it's done!
Kate volunteers in the lab when her schedule permits. She's usually too busy to eat breakfast, so she ends up eating Jolly Ranchers out of the candy box.