Green Chemistry @ MUN

1st paper of 2019…
January 17, 2019, 8:19 pm
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…Congratulations Kori Andrea! Kori’s work has just been accepted by ACS Catalysis,

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Happy New Year and Welcome!
January 13, 2019, 3:40 pm
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The MUN Green Chemistry & Catalysis Group went to the Graduate Student Union Pub, Bitters, for lunch on Friday – to the celebrate the start of the semester and officially welcome our two ACU Blue Charter Fellows: James Beament (Bath), Dr. Nigel Jalsa (The University of The West Indies). We hope they have a very productive time with our group studying degradable polymers.

Happy New Year everyone!


Happy Holidays
December 5, 2018, 12:31 pm
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Due to many group members traveling over the festive season and exams beginning at our University today, we celebrated together last Saturday. We had a great time eating pizza, bowling, watching Elf, decorating the tree, eating cookies and more!


We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

Congratulations Kori and Team Iron
September 26, 2018, 3:42 pm
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Congratulations and thank you to everyone in the team: Kori Andrea (Vanier Scholar), Tyler Brown (NSERC USRA, 2016), Jennifer Murphy (NSERC CGS-D, and crystallographer), Dakshita Jagota (MUCEP, Winter 2018), Declan McKearney (Squid data collection, at SFU).


Our paper on some mu-oxo compounds of iron that can be formed during reactions of epoxides has been accepted for publication in the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry. The formation of such compounds is important biologically as some Fe-containing metalloenzymes detoxify epoxides through deoxygenations such as this, and of course, this reaction is an important consideration for catalytic epoxide/carbon dioxide reactions that are of industrial relevance for the formation of polycarbonates and cyclic organic carbonates.

K. A. Andrea, T. R. Brown, J. N. Murphy, D. Jagota, D. McKearney, C. M. Kozak and F. M. Kerton, “Characterization of oxo-bridged iron amino-bis(phenolate) complexes formed intentionally or in situ: Mechanistic insight into epoxide deoxygenation during the coupling of CO2 and epoxides”, Inorganic Chemistry, 2018, Accepted,

Latest student blog posts by Ju and Courtney
September 17, 2018, 9:48 pm
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In her post from last week, Ju talks about some of her ‘new’ experiences living in Newfoundland including fly-fishing, and also how she is tackling her glossophobia (fear of public speaking. Well done Ju!

In her post in late August, Courtney describes her summer travels including her time at the ACS Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering in Golden, Colorado, and also the effort involved in writing her first paper (now submitted, so fingers crossed). Well done Courtney!

Building news and recent papers
September 12, 2018, 1:34 pm
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As many of our followers know, we will be moving to the enormous, state-of-the-art core science facility in 2020. Building is progressing well (see photo below) and you can follow this website for more updates:

If you join our group in 2019, you will be in our current large, refurbished lab initially but will then move into the new building for the remainder of your studies.  If you have any questions, just get in touch!


Core Science Facility, September 2018. Our labs will be on the 3rd floor of the central pavilion

Two new papers from our group are now available – congratulations to Jue Gong (now at Western) on his RSC Advances article, and Kenson Ambrose and Tim Anderson on their review in Coordination Chemistry Reviews.

Dr. Kozak responds to questions about manganese in water
August 31, 2018, 3:16 pm
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Prof. Chris Kozak had a busy day speaking with local media representatives about problems surrounding the city’s water supply to the west end. He appeared on the Morning Show on CBC Radio 1, Here and Now on CBC TV and the Early Edition of NTV news

Prof. Chris Kozak at the CBC Studios, St. John’s (Photo courtesy of @sjmorningshow on twitter)

Hopefully the city workers and engineers will be able to identify a solution to this problem soon.

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