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GKM
519-888-4567 x31735
Location: 
C2-365, C2-366

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).

Coop Employment:

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.

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TC

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!

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Avery photo

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.

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Fabio
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C2-372

Fabio joins the group to work on new fluorination methods.

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Carlee Montgomery
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C2-366

Carlee is pursuing new reactions of iodonium ylides.

Carina Wu

Carina is working on iodoarene catalysis.

Welcome to the group!

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Audrey

Audrey is working on the synthesis and reactivity of cyclic iodonium ylides.

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Lydia works on new reactions of halogenated HVI reagents.

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Ellie Wong

Eleanor is working on blue light photochemistry of HVI reagents.

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Dan
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C2-372

Dan has joined the lab to work on fluorinated heterocycle synthesis.

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Islam Photo
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C2-374

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.

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C2-374

Ben plays with iodonium ylides!

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Tess Fortier
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Elin Foulds
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Owen is working on fluorinative amino-cyclizations.

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Kevin

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.

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C2-372

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.

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liam
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C2-370

Liam works on oxidative alkene arylation reactions. When he's not doing this, he's usually trying to come up with some new reactions.

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Leanne Racicot

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.

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MILA
Location: 
C2-366

Mila joins the lab as a Chem494 thesis student, working on new oxidation strategies for catalytic iodosoarene generation. 

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Sabin Lee has joined the lab to work on fluorinative rearrangements of N-containing heterocycles. 

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C2-373

Nicole joined the lab as a 494 thesis project student, and she’s playing around with some new ylide reactivity.

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ZR
Location: 
C2-372

Zoltan has joined the group as part of our recent NSERC Engage project synthesizing phenol-based natural products.

Welcome to the group!

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PG Photo
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C2-366

Prachi is working with Avery on the synthesis of enone precursors for HVI-mediated reactions.

Welcome to the group!

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Shafa photo
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Shafa is working with Tristan on photo-initiated reactions.

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Grace Shimokura

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.

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Zhao Photo
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C2-366

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.

Thanks!

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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.

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Lilian's Photo

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.

Welcome!

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Denzel

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...

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Kyle was working on radical reactions of phenylallenes.

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MD

Matthew worked on new fluorination reactions of allenes.

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ALK
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C2-373

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!

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C2-366

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. 

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Jasmin Tom

Jasmin works on halogenation and ligand transfer reactions between hypervalent iodine reagents and organophosphorus compounds.

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MC

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!

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Richard Tran
Location: 
C2-366

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.

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Nomaan

Nomaan has joined the lab as our Winter coop student. He is working on an industrial synthesis project funded by NSERC.

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C2-373
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Farhana Abbas
Location: 
C2-374

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!

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Isabel Rodrigo
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C2-366
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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...

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C2-373

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!

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Here's Kaivalya
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C2-374
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Here's Abhi
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C2-373

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!

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Geoff
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C2-366

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!

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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...

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Krystina is working on the halogenation of aromatic compounds.

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C2-366

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.

Mata-ne!

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Keith was working on halogenating diazo dicarbonyls and batting clean-up on the hydrazone oxidation/halogenation reaction. (See group publications 13 and 14).

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There's so much to say. The singing, the dancing, the rugby playing...

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C2-366

Congratulations to Phyllis for being accepted to the Optometry program at the University of Waterloo.  Best of luck in your career.

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C2-366

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.

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C2-366

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!

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C2-366

Maegan worked with Jason on developing the arene transfer reaction. In her spare time she can be found at karaoke or making Youtube videos.

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C2-366

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!

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Here's Luke
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C2-366

Luke is working on the intramolecular a-carbonyl functionalization. He also enjoys the colour orange... (what's with that?)

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C2-366

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.

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