Green Chemistry @ MUN

Memories of the Summer
September 11, 2014, 11:21 am
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The MUN Green Cat Chem members taking a break from the Green Chemistry Gordon Research Conference to visit the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong

#mygreenchem What’s Your Green Chemistry?
September 10, 2014, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Chemistry Professors, Science, St. John's

Our research group is busy trying to make fish and seafood waste into something else – hopefully one day we will turn it into something more valuable. Nowadays, when we have finished eating a shrimp or crab dish – the shells go into the trash and off to a landfill site. With space in landfills becoming less readily available, we can try to turn our waste into something else. In our case, this something else is a new chemical building block that we could turn into a new disease-fighting drug or into a new plastic. Chemicals are all around us in daily life (including the parts of this computer that I am using to write this blog post). To me it seems obvious to take one problem, waste, and to use it to solve another problem, making the objects we need and use everyday. In this way, we can all live a little bit more sustainably and take better care of our planet.


Dr. Kerton enjoying Singapore's famous chili crab earlier this year - where did those shells go? probably to landfill

Dr. Kerton enjoying Singapore’s famous chili crab earlier this year – where did those shells go? probably to landfill

Welcome to new researchers in the group
August 12, 2014, 1:31 pm
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As the summer of research draws to a close, we are sad to say goodbye to our undergraduate summer students but as one season finishes a new one begins. We are happy to welcome Cosima and Immanuel to our group. They are here through the DAAD RISE Weltweit/Worldwide program. We hope they enjoy their time with us. We will also soon be welcoming Tim to the group, as a graduate student. Tim completed his BSc(Hons) at Mt.Allison University in Sackville, NB. He conducted research with Prof. Glenn Briand.

Also, welcome to Heather Manuel, who will begin her PhD in Environmental Science (co-supervised with Bob Helleur), and Brandon Furlong, who is conducting his 490 (honours) research with Fran.

Image by Ramesh NG (

Image by Ramesh NG (

Graduate Studies Cape Breton University/Memorial University Collaboration
July 14, 2014, 1:47 pm
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Stephanie MacQuarrie (Cape Breton University) is an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry at Memorial University. Positions are available in her group in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Project titles are available below and full details are in the linked pdf file: Graduate Student Projects.

PROJECT 1: Controlled Grafting of Organic Catalyst Monomers within the Pore Walls of Large Pore Silica-Based Materials.

PROJECT 2: Entrapment of an Oligomeric Enzyme in Ultra Large Pore SBA-15 Generates Highly Stable Reusable Biocatalyst

PROJECT 3: Dipyrromethene Functionalized Mesoporous Silicas as Heavy Metal Sensors

MUN at International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis in Ottawa
July 9, 2014, 3:43 pm
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Prof. Chris Kozak and Prof. Fran Kerton, and ten graduate students from the green chemistry and catalysis group are attending this exciting meeting. They are in Ottawa until Friday when Nobel prize winner Prof. Bob Grubbs will give a plenary lecture.


June 26, 2014, 12:39 am
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Green Chemists @ New Horizons, North America

Green Chemists @ New Horizons, North America



Casa de la Universidad de California, Mexico City

Casa de la Universidad de California, Mexico City

An interval to watch Mexico play (& win) in the World Cup

An interval to watch Mexico play (& win) in the World Cup

Fran (North American New Horizons Fellow, 2014) spent June 21-24 at the New Horizons in Science Symposium in Mexico City organized by the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the US Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. It involved young-mid career scientists from a range of disciplines (from astrophysics to marine biology/oceanography) across North America. She is looking forwarding to meeting many of them again in the future and establishing new international collaborations.

Unexpected visitor in the lab
June 19, 2014, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Group News
Green Chemistry Fan!

Green Chemistry Fan!


It’s that time of year when we work with the windows open and our bird friends come to visit. I reckon we will miss them when we move to the new building in 2019.


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