Green Chemistry @ MUN

Congratulations to Erika on receiving an NSERC CGS-M scholarship!
April 2, 2015, 3:00 pm
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The Green Chemistry and Catalysis Group is delighted to hear that Erika Butler (M.Sc. candidate in the Kozak group) has been awarded a prestigious NSERC CGS-M scholarship for her graduate studies in catalysis using non-precious metal complexes. Well done Erika!

Erika poses with her award letter in front of "Beyonce" the MBraun glove box.

Erika poses with her award letter in front of “Beyonce” the MBraun glove box.

Excursion to Memorial Ocean Sciences Centre
March 29, 2015, 6:11 pm
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Chris, Jen and Ken visited the Ocean Sciences Centre this week to check out some analytical instrumentation in their facilities (i.e. their Perkin Elmer 2400 C, H, N combustion elemental analyzer) that we will be using. We also took time to visit some of the residents of the facility, including their seals who were out for a swim enjoying the sunny weather.

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New Manuscript on Mg-catalyzed Lactide ROP published in Dalton Transactions Themed Issue on Earth Abundant Metals in Catalysis
March 17, 2015, 2:11 pm
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A paper on work conducted by Kata Devaine-Pressing (PhD candidate) and two former undergraduate research students (Josh Lehr and Michelle Pratt) is available as an accepted pre-proof manuscript. We are grateful to our excellent crystallographic collaborators, Amy Sarjeant (Northwestern U.) and Louise Dawe (Wilfrid Laurier U.) for their work on this paper. The manuscript can be accessed via this link: Dalton Transactions, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00236B

Sustainable Chemical Processes – Open Access Journal
February 19, 2015, 4:37 pm
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As Fran is a member of the editorial board, she would like to promote this journal to visitors of our group website.  Please go and have a look.

Sustainable Chemical Processes

There are several themed issues planned. Fran will be submitting an article to one on ‘Green Solvents’.  Others are planned including biorefineries, and magnetic nanomaterials.  If you want more information of the submission process or any themed issues, please contact Fran, and she will direct you to the right person or answer your query herself.

The journal is now being indexed in Chemical Abstracts and hopefully soon it will be indexed elsewhere too.  Below are the aims and scopes of the journal.


Sustainable Chemical Processes is a peer reviewed open access journal covering both scientific and engineering aspects of sustainable approaches in chemistry. The broad scope includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Green routes to isolation, purification and synthesis of organic, inorganic or organometallic compounds and materials
  • All aspects of catalysis (including use of nanosized materials) and biocatalysis that lead to sustainable processes. The latter includes biocatalysis in various reaction media. It also includes bioseparation, stabilization and engineering aspects
  • Biomass conversion and use of renewable resources (including valorization of agricultural and industrial waste)
  • Biofuels, biorefineries, and other alternative sources of energy (such as H2 generation and storage, solar cells, fuel cells and photovoltaic cells)
  • Process intensification including flow chemistry
  • Green metrics and sustainability assessment of products and processes (including LCA methods)
  • Microwave and ultrasonic assisted reactions in chemistry, biochemistry and material science
  • Nanotechnology that enhances the sustainability aspects of processes
  • Green electronics and sensors
  • Approaches to reduce water consumption in chemical processes
  • CO2 capture processes

Fran featured ‘Soapbox’ in Sea Technology Magazine
February 13, 2015, 7:08 pm
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Fran provided the soapbox piece for January’s sea technology magazine. You can find it here:

Manuscript on Chitin/NAG in collaboration with National University of Singapore accepted
February 13, 2015, 7:07 pm
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Yi Liu (PhD student, Kerton group) will soon see some of her work in press in RSC Advances – this work is in collaboration with Professor Ning Yan and his student Chen Xi at NUS. Dr. Kerton visited them last summer to discuss this research in person.

Accepted Manuscript Available on Al-catalysts (for Dalton Transactions, Special Issue: Earth Abundant Metals in Catalysis)
February 11, 2015, 3:52 pm
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Research from Hart’s first year as a graduate student at MUN has been accepted for publication in Dalton Transactions and is available as an accepted manuscript (pre-proof) via the following link: Dalton Transactions, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00220F

Congratulations to Immanuel too. He contributed to this work during his time here as a DAAD RISE Worldwide student/intern last summer.


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