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Sept 8, 2020 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 defended 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 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.

Aug 26, 2018 Congratulations to Taoufik and Jeanne on their newly developed Ni-catalyzed amide bond forming reaction, published in Angewandte. Welcome to our newest postdoctoral fellow Prakash Sekar who comes to us from National Tsing Hua University.


June 25, 2018 Best wishes to Lars and Jaya as they move on to their next career stages in Uppsala, Sweden and Toronto Research Chemicals, respectively. Welcome to our new visiting PhD candidate Thomas Verheyen who comes to us from the De Borggraeve lab in KU Leuven. Congratulations to Jeanne and Jaya who publish their work on ligand-controlled chemoselective coupling in Org Lett.


May 24, 2018 Welcome to our new undergraduates Omid, Garrett, Jacob, and Eric. Steve receives an Ontario Early Researcher Award.

Apr 4, 2018 Saeed and co-authors publish in Green Chemistry on some simple guidelines for translating batch reactions into flow, and Taoufik is chosen as TA of the Year by uOttawa's Science Student's Association. Congratulations!

Mar 9, 2018 Welcome to our new postdoctoral fellow Yanlong Zheng who comes to us from Nankai University. Ryan's work on auxiliary recycling is highlighted in OPRD.

Feb 5, 2018 Welcome to our new honours student Lars van Turnhout visiting us from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Congratulations to Ryan for his recent publication in Chem Sci on how chiral auxiliary chemistry can become pseudocatalytic through the design of continuous flow recycling reactors.

Sept 11, 2017 Congratulations to Eric and co-authors for the latest group publication, demonstrating a remarkably simple way to prepare deuterated aldehydes. No more multi-step sequences with lithium aluminum deuteride necessary!


June 5, 2017 The lab returns from CSC in Toronto, taking home the 1st place poster prize in the organic division for the second year in a row. Congratulations Jeanne!


May 1, 2017 Congratulations to Eric and Sam for their successful poster presentations and completion of their Honours projects. Welcome to our new summer researchers, Émile, Kendra, Ian, and Niraj.


Feb 21, 2017 Congratulations to Taoufik, Jaya, and Mohanad for their recent publication in ACS Catalysis, which demonstrates how amide bonds can be made with a Buchwald-Hartwig amination-type reactions.

Jan 11, 2017 Congratulations to Taoufik, Wanying, and Imane for their recent publication in JACS. We demonstrate that esters can be used as cross-coupling partners, just like aryl halides or triflates. Mechanistic studies, together with the Houk lab, show that the unique properties of the Pd-NHC catalyst gives selectivity never seen before in this reaction class

Jan 2, 2017 Welcome to our new PhD students Hamdi (M.Sc. Lyon, France) and Saeed (M.Sc. Tehran, Iran).

Nov 21, 2016 Congratulations Wanying for her successful thesis defense!

Nov 17, 2016 Steve is awarded the 2016 Polanyi Prize in Chemistry!

Nov 11, 2016 Jeanne, Taoufik, Ryan Eric, and Steve head to Waterloo for QOMSBOC 2016.

Nov 2, 2016 Congrats to Kaylie for her successful thesis defense!

Oct 4, 2016 Congratulations to Kaylie, Jeanne, and Ryan for their recent publication in Org. Lett. Very counterintuitive results that show Grignards have high chemoselectivity in the Kumada-Corriu coupling if the catalyst resting state is artificially manipulated.

Sept 6, 2016 We say goodbye to our summer interns and welcome our new postdoc Jaya Kishore, visiting MSc candidate Mads Anderson, and Honours student Samantha Brixi.

June 30, 2016 Congratulations to Wanying for winning a poster prize at uOttawa’s Synthesis Day. Welcome to Dr. Mohanad Shkoor, who is joining the group this summer as a visiting professor from Qatar University.

June 20, 2016 Congratulations to Kaylie for winning the 1st place poster prize in the CSC in the Organic Chemistry division!

June 2, 2016 The lab heads to CSC in Halifax. Check out Steve‘s talk Monday morning or Kaylie and Wanying‘s posters on Monday evening.

May 5, 2016 Taoufik prepares for a presentation at the upcoming Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, May 8 – May 11 in Ottawa.

May 2, 2016 Welcome to new summer undergraduate researchers Claudia Meloche (NSERC USRA) and Sara Omaiche (NSERC USRA). Welcome back to Eric Isbrandt (CREATE CFS awardee).

Dec 8, 2015 Steve presents at the Faculty of Science lecture series.

Nov 6, 2015 The group takes a trip to Montreal to present at QOMSBOC2015.

Sept 8, 2015 The group says goodbye to summer students and interns, and welcomes DAAD RISE intern Annika Steinmetz (University of Freiburg) and Ph.D. candidate Ryan Sullivan (M.Sc. ’15, Guelph).

June 15, 2015 The group enjoys a week attending the annual CSC meeting is in Ottawa.

May 18, 2015 Welcome to MITACS Globalink scholar R Bharath Venkatesh who joins us for the summer from NIT Trichy.

Apr 7, 2015 Imane Yalaoui, an MSc student at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, joins the group for a summer internship. Welcome!

Apr 2, 2015 Steve and Taoufik present their ideas at the Ontario & Canada Research Chairs Symposium in Toronto, and the Fall and Winter undergraduate researchers present posters at the UROP symposium.

Apr 1, 2015 The group is awarded their first NSERC Discovery and Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants. Check back in the near future to see the cool discoveries made using this funding.

Jan 6, 2015 Taoufik Ben Halima (MSc ’11, UQAM) joins the group as as Graduate student, and undergraduates Jeanne Masson-Makdissi and John Huynh are awarded UROPs for the Winter term. Welcome to the newest members!

Oct 16, 2014 Welcome to Rifat Al-Chadirji and Dimitri Cojocaru who received UROP awards to study in the group this Fall!

Oct 1, 2014 Steve is named the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Catalysis. Congrats!

Sept 2, 2014 Kaylie Hua (BSc ’14, McGill) and Wanying Zhang (BSc ’14, McGill) join the group as graduate students. Welcome!

July 4, 2014 Lab set-up begins! Drop by DRO 408 to say hello.

Jan 8, 2014 The website goes live!