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.


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.

Feb 21, 2020 Our group mourns the loss of PhD student Saeed Kashani, who was killed on Ukraine Airline Flight 752 in Iran. Saeed's most recent paper on uncovering homogeneous conditions for C-N coupling is published in OPRD.

Dec 9, 2019 Eric S. wins a QOMSBOC poster prize. Adam wins a Tito Scaiano Scholarship. Saeed, Adam, and Ryan all have new pre-prints available on ChemRxiv. Congrats to all!


Oct 1, 2019 Yanlong continues to expand upon the use of methyl esters as cross-coupling electrophiles in our latest publication in Angewandte. The Newman lab joins Twitter.

Aug 20, 2019 We say goodbye to Taoufik (good luck in MIT!), Prakash (good luck in Birmingham!), and Louis (good luck in Lyon!). The Newman group is co-hosting the 2019 QOMSBOC meeting, which will be held on uOttawa campus from Nov 8-10.

May 20, 2019 Welcome to our new B.Sc. student Rama and visiting M.Sc. candidate Louis who join the group for the summer. Ryan and Garrett's work on taming reactive diazo species is published in ACS Catal.

Apr 19, 2019 Thomas' article in oxidative coupling of alcohols is published in JACS and Yanlong's article on catalytic amide bond formation is published in ACS Catal. We say goodbye to our excellent Honours thesis students.

Jan 28, 2019 Taoufik is awarded a prestigious NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Eric successfully transfers to the PhD program, and Steve is awarded a CNC-IUPAC travel award to attend OMCOS 2019 in Heidelberg. Congratulations to all!

Jan 7, 2019​​ Congratulations to Eric and Ryan on their recent minireview in Angewandte on high throughput strategies for catalysis. Welcome to our new students Adam Cook and Eric Skrotzki who are beginning their master's studies.

Nov 6, 2018​​ We say goodbye to Thomas who returns to finish his PhD at KU Leuven. Congratulations to Jeanne for her successful thesis defense (good luck in Toronto!). Jaya's work on Ni-catalyzed coupling of aldehydes is highlighted in OPRD.