John Murphy

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  • United Kingdom

19992020

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Personal Statement

I am an organic chemist and my research group revels in exploring chemical reactivity in synthesis and in biology. We have a particular interest in electron transfer reactions and in radical chemistry, but are generally interested in mechanisms of organic reactions.

Read more about my research group at http://www.johnmurphygroup.com/

I was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA) and the University of Cambridge (PhD). I obtained my DSc in 2002.

After my PhD, I held Fellowships at the University of Alberta and the University of Oxford. I moved to the University of Nottingham as Lecturer, and was promoted to Reader there.

I moved to my current position as Merck-Pauson Professor of Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde in 1995.

I was visiting Professor at a number of institutions:

  • Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2017
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 2004
  • NAIST, Japan, 2001
  • l’Université d’Aix Marseille 1996

I also was Visiting Fellow to the Australian National University in 1995 and 2007. I held a Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship in 2001.

I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (National Academy of  Scotland) in 2001. 

I was Director of the Glasgow Centre for Physical Organic Chemistry (GCPOC) 2008-2013.

From August 2006 - August 2008, I was Director of WestCHEM, the newly formed integrated Research School in Chemistry for the West of Scotland.

From 2013-2016, I was Head of Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Prizes:

2018 Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

2016 C W Rees Award for Heterocyclic chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry)

2012 Bader Award  (Royal Society of Chemistry)

Research Interests

His chemical interests are in mechanistic and synthetic chemistry, in reactive intermediates and in the development of new reactions.

Academic / Professional qualifications

Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize Winner 2018

in recognition of my achievements in research and teaching

Academic / Professional qualifications

Charles Rees Award 2016 Winner

The citation reads: "Awarded for his highly innovative studies on the preparation, properties and applications of very reactive heterocycles, ranging from extreme electrophiles to super-reducing agents".

Academic / Professional qualifications

Bader Award 2012 Winner

The  citation reads: "Awarded for his many highly creative and original contributions to reactivity in organic synthesis, including free radical chemistry, the concept of the radical-polar crossover reaction and electron transfer in the invention of organic super electron reducing agents".

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    New reductive rearrangement of N-Arylindoles triggered by the Grubbs-Stoltz reagent Et3SiH/KOtBu

    Smith, A. J., Dimitrova, D., Arokianathar, J. N., Kolodziejczak, K., Young, A., Allison, M., Poole, D. L., Leach, S. G., Parkinson, J. A., Tuttle, T. & Murphy, J. A., 14 Apr 2020, In : Chemical Science. 11, 14, p. 3719-3726 8 p.

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    Thesis

    An experimental and computational investigation of transition metal-free reactions

    Author: Allison, M., 14 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Murphy, J. (Supervisor) & Tuttle, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    A quantitative scale for directing group power in ruthenium(II)-catalysed ortho-directed C-H arylation reactions

    Author: McIntyre, J., 12 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Nelson, D. (Supervisor) & Murphy, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis

    Prizes

    Bader Award 2012

    John Murphy (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Charles Rees Award 2016

    John Murphy (Recipient), 9 May 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    ESOR (European Symposium on Organic Reactivity)

    John Murphy (Contributor)
    3 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Royal Society International Exchanges Panel 2017-2019 (Event)

    John Murphy (Member)
    20172019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Impacts

    Radicals on Campus

    John Murphy (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalQuality of life and safety, Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment