Green Chemistry @ MUN

Congratulations Dr. Ali Elkurtehi
January 18, 2018, 7:17 pm
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Congratulations Dr. Ali Elkurtehi (Kerton group) who successfully defended his PhD thesis on Vanadium and Manganese Complexes as Catalysts in Oxidation and Carboxylation Reactions this morning. We all wish Ali lots of luck in his future career and look forward to celebrating with him next week over coffee and cake 🙂

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Congratulations Dr. Ni
January 14, 2018, 11:24 pm
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Congratulations Dr. Kaijie Ni (Kozak group) who successfully defended his PhD thesis on Chromium Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide-Epoxide Copolymerizations this past Friday. Also, thank you to all group members and friends who came out to celebrate with Kaijie on Saturday January 13th. We all wish Kaijie lots of luck for his postdoctoral research at Western University with Prof. Paul Ragogna.


Dr. Ni with Dr. Kozak

Congratulations George!
January 9, 2018, 5:56 pm
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George Margoutidis (PhD candidate, Kerton group) is the lead author on a paper recently published by ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering: DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b02870

In this work, chitin, a natural polymer from shrimp shells, can be broken down into smaller, water-soluble, biologically active molecules including sugars without heat or solvents using a technique called ‘mechanocatalysis’

Valerie Parsons (Former Kerton & Bottaro co-supervised MSc student) is a co-author on this paper due to her help in developing the separation-free ‘green’ analytical method used to characterize the molecules that George was able to make.



Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays
November 29, 2017, 4:38 pm
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Seasons Greetings: From our research group to yours, with representatives from across Canada (B.C. to NL) and the world (China, Greece, St. Lucia, Brazil and UK)


Congrats to our busy graduate students
November 10, 2017, 12:50 pm
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This week has been a busy one in the group. Erika Butler (Kozak group) gave an excellent departmental seminar, and Kori Andrea & Jennifer Murphy (Kerton group) organized and hosted a Trivia night at Bitters (the Graduate Pub at MUN). Well done everyone!

Welcome to our undergraduates
September 29, 2017, 4:21 pm
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This semester we have Tyler Brown (Honours research with Kozak), Emily Robson (MUCEP 40 h with Kozak) and Ryan Warren (MUCEP 40 h with Kerton and Plommer) as part of our team. We hope you have a successful time in the lab and learn lots of new skills and science 🙂

Kerton & Kozak group at Lighthouse picnics
September 23, 2017, 4:38 pm
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We had a wonderful time last weekend at the Lighthouse picnics in Ferryland.

Here is a little video of our day 🙂

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