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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 stephen.newman@uottawa.ca.


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: newmanlab.ca/recruiting

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.

Sept 8, 2020 We welcome lots of new team members. Piers St-Onge and August Sibthorpe join the group as graduate students. Casey Lenart, Jonathan Buiel, Maxwell Bezaire join the group as honours thesis students. Good luck in your studies!

July 6, 2020 With the University partially re-opening, we finally get to welcome new undergraduate students Karen and Jean-Danick to the lab. Welcome to the team!

Apr 22, 2020 Adam, Parkash, and Yanlong's work on exhaustive reduction of  methyl esters is published in JACS. We virtually say goodbye to our excellent undergraduates Haydn, Katie, Rama, and Jonathan who finished their term projects.

Apr 1, 2020 Congratulations to Ryan, who smoothly defends his PhD thesis over Zoom. His most recent work on streamlining kinetic analysis in flow is published in JOC.

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