Green Chemistry @ MUN

Congratulations Ali
May 27, 2016, 12:52 pm
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Ali’s paper on the synthesis and characterization of vanadium amino-phenolate complexes and their reactivity in oxidation catalysis is now available online:


Thank you to Louise for the X-ray work and Andrew (SWASP student) for his assistance in the lab. Thanks also to the editors and referees of this paper. It is great to see it online:)

And our visiting French students
May 19, 2016, 2:41 pm
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We are also very grateful for all the hard work of our visiting French students: Quentin and Valentine!  We will be sad to say goodbye at the end of June.


Welcome NSERC USRA Awardees
May 17, 2016, 6:29 pm
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Welcome to Jevon and Tyler, who have joined the Green Chemistry & Catalysis Group for the summer.  They are both working on the development of catalysts for carbon dioxide activation.


Light Scattering University
April 7, 2016, 6:18 pm
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Here is a promotional video for Wyatt Technology’s light scattering university featuring our own Dr. Chris Kozak (and with background appearance of Hart Plommer, PhD Candidate, Kerton group). Click on the video on the top right hand corner of the page linked below:


Now available online…
April 1, 2016, 2:20 pm
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Jen’s interview with CBC Radio can be found here:

Her story begins at 16.40 min

PhD Candidate inverviewed by CBC Radio
March 23, 2016, 6:43 pm
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We had a special visitor in our lab yesterday. Jennifer Murphy (PhD Candidate, Kerton Group) was interviewed by ‘The Broadcast’ on CBC radio about her research on NL mussels. We don’t know when her story will be heard on the air yet. However, we are excited to hear it and very proud of her.

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2014 Cat. Sci. Tech. paper in Top 10% of highly cited RSC authors
March 18, 2016, 11:46 am
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The Kerton group’s 2014 paper published in a special edition of Catalysis Science and Technology is in the top 10% of highly cited papers in the RSC’s Physical portfolio of journals. Congratulations to Qing and all other students involved.

This article was also featured in a special coffee table collection of articles to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Chemistry at the University of York (UK). Dr. Kerton was an assistant professor (junior lecturer) and Royal Society University Research Fellow there before coming to Memorial University Chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of cyclic carbonates from CO2 and epoxides using ionic liquids and related catalysts including choline chloride–metal halide mixtures

Q. He,  J. W. O’Brien, K. A. Kitselman, L. E. Tompkins, G. C. T. Curtis and F. M. Kerton* , “Synthesis of Cyclic Carbonates from CO2 and Epoxides Using Ionic Liquids and Related Catalysts Including Choline Chloride-Metal Halide Mixtures”, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4, 1513-1528, DOI:10.1039/C3CY00998J. Invited Contribution for Themed Issue on “Catalytic Conversion and Use of Carbon Dioxide for Value-Added Organics


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