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Welcome to the Newman Lab

We are a group of synthetic chemists at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) interested in developing new reactions and processes for application in the pharmaceutical, fine, and bulk chemical industries. We combine our fundamental understanding of chemical reactivity with modern technologies such as homogeneous catalysis, high throughput reaction screening, and flow chemistry to discover new knowledge and design more efficient chemical processes.  Researchers interested in joining the group should contact Steve directly at


May 8, 2023: Adam and Piers' discovery of a catalytic deoxygenative cross-coupling of tertiary alcohols is published in Nature Synthesis. We say goodbye to BSc students Laura, Carlos, and Rhiannon, and welcome Nav Matharu into the group.

Feb 20, 2023: Our group publishes back-to-back papers on the unique reactivity of tetramethyldisiloxane (TMDSO) and KOtBu. Piers' work on metal-free C–C bond cleavage to remove a trifluoromethyl group from pyridines is reported in Organic Letters. Adam's work on Ni-catalyzed reductive olefination of hydroxysulfones is reported in Organic Chemistry Frontiers as part of their emerging investigators series.


Nov 4, 2022: Congratulations to Omid for a successful thesis defense. Perfectly timed with the publication of his comprehensive review on ester cross-coupling. We also say farewell to Gilian who starts her industrial career at SGS. Good luck to you both!

Sept 8, 2022: As we say farewell to Victoria, her work on the direct arylation of enones is published in ACS Catalysis. Congratulations and best wishes for your career at Eurofins Alphora!

Sept 5, 2022: The lab welcomes new graduate students Shajia, Zichuan, and Piyas, new postdoctoral fellow Aisha, and new undergraduate students Hana, Rhiannon, Laura, and Filiz.

May 1, 2022: We say goodbye to Amrah who successfully defends her MSc thesis (good luck at Alphora!), and we say hello to Carlos, Kathleen, and Kostiantyn who begin their summer projects. Welcome to the group!

Dec 3, 2021: The group attends the 2021 QOMSBOC meeting. Congratulations to Eric for receiving a prize for his oral presentation!

Oct 29, 2021: Garrett successfully defends his MSc thesis! Good luck at Acanthus Research.

Sept 21, 2021: Eric's work on C-arylation of alcohols an aldehydes is published in JACS. Garrett's work on C-H bond arylation using superbases is published in ACS Catalysis as an Editor's Choice article. Congrats to both!

Aug 15, 2021: The group attends IUPAC/CCCE 2021 virtual meeting. Those registered can tune in to see Eric talk about P2N2 ligands, Adam present about deoxygenation, Amrah present about alcohol alpha-arylation, Piers present about organohalide reduction, August present about automation in flow, Karen talk about ketone synthesis, Omid present about cross-coupling with methyl esters, and Steve present about flow kinetics.

June 25, 2021: Congratulations to Eric Skrotzki - a new paper in JOC and a smooth MSc thesis defense to be proud of.  Thomas highlights his work on dehydrogenative cross-coupling in the Synthesis Workshop Youtube Series.

May 11, 2021: We're hiring! Our group is looking for postdoctoral fellows with experience in organic synthesis to start new collaborative projects in method development and API synthesis. For further details, see:

Mar 2, 2021 Eric and Jaya's work on solvent-free ozone oxidation chemistry is available on ChemRxiv. Yanlong's short review on how alcohols, aldehydes, and esters can particpiate in cross-coupling chemistry is published in Chem Comm.


Jan 11, 2021 Adam and our HTE facility manager Roxanne Clement outline an affordable way to run multi-well plates with readily available equipment in Nature Protocols. The group says goodbye to Yanlong as he starts his independent career at Tianjin University of Technology. Our lab's research is highlighted in the latest Perspectives magazine.

D'Iorio Hall, University of Ottawa
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