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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 2, 2024: Zichuan successfully defends his MSc thesis and Adam defends his PhD. Congrats to both! We also say goodbye to Aisha as well as honours students Filiz, Baha, Robynne, and Janice. We welcome new undergraduate summer students Dongliang and John. Hana completes her B.Sc and joing the group as an M.Sc student. Best of luck to everyone's new research endeavors!

Apr 17, 2024: Gilian reports the scale-up of the synthesis and utilization of a P2N2 ligand for reductive 1,2 addition in Org Syn. Eric's work on controlling Heck selectivity is published in JACS. Adam's review on the use of alcohols in transition metal catalysis is published in Chem Rev.

Dec 22, 2023: Congratulations to Eric for a successful PhD defense! Eric's work on regioselective Mizoroki-Heck chemistry using P2N2 ligands is posted on ChemRxiv. Congrats to Steve, who wins the departmental Detellier award for excellence in teaching/mentorship, and Adam who wins the departmental Alper award for research excellence.


Nov 13, 2023: The lab attends QOMSBOC in Montreal with Piers taking home an award for his talk and Adam for his poster. Congrats to both! Adam's review on transition metal-catalyzed reactions of alcohols is now available on ChemRxiv.

Sept 5, 2023: Yanlong and colleague's work on Ni-catalyzed transesterification is published in a special issue of Synlett dedicated to the late Keith Fagnou. Steve is the Editor of a new book on Enabling Tools and Techniques for Organic Synthesis. Adam is awarded a MSFSS to study abroad with the Lin lab at Cornell. We say goodbye to Yeva and greet our new undergraduate students Baha, Robynne, and Janice as well as new graduate student Kostya. Welcome all!

June 2, 2023: We welcome Kian Mansour as a new MSc student and Yeva Shevchenko as a new MITACS intern. Adam and Piers both win prizes for their talks at this year's OCCI day. Adam and Zichuan head to CSC2023  -  you can see Adam's talk at 2:40pm on Mon, June 5 in West Meeting Room 115, and Zichuan at 9:40am on Thur, June 8 in West Meeting Room 201

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, while we welcome Nav Matharu into the group for an NSERC USRA internship, alongside high school students and Samantha Gillis and Jacey Matthews as Kirkness scholars.

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.

D'Iorio Hall, University of Ottawa
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