Green Chemistry @ MUN

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.

Kori Andrea interviewed on CBC The Broadcast
August 28, 2018, 7:11 pm
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Kori was recently interviewed in our lab about her research on plastics from carbon dioxide and the potential to make new materials that would biodegrade in the ocean (instead of polluting it).  You can listen to her via this link

Well done Kori – we are proud of you!

Group photo
August 7, 2018, 7:36 pm
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Today we took a group photo for our WISE students. Unfortunately, Courtney and Hart couldn’t be there….so we’ll take another one in September 🙂


July group activities – ACS Summer School and ICOMC
August 7, 2018, 3:54 pm
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Courtney Laprise had a wonderful time in Golden Colorado at the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy. Thank you to ACS PRF and all the tutors/organizers/lecturers/students for such an invaluable experience.


Hart Plommer, Dr. Kerton and Dr. Kozak attended the International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry 2018 in Florence, Italy, #ICOMC2018.  We had a great time presenting our work, meeting up with old friends, making new friends and seeing inspiring talks incl. a plenary by Prof. Ben Feringa (#Nobelprize) with outstanding alkyl lithium chemistry.  One of the benefits of our location on the far North-East coast of North America is that we have the shortest flights to Europe. St. John’s to London Heathrow is ~ 4 hours long….so very convenient for European conferences, travels and collaborations


The bottom set of photos are from the conference excursion into the Chianti region of Tuscany

Vanier Scholarship for Kerton Group PhD Candidate
July 20, 2018, 6:37 am
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Congratulations to Kori Andrea! We are very proud of you – it has been so difficult to keep this secret until the embargo was lifted.


Congratulations Kori Andrea! Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship 2017/18 competition

Kori’s scholarship provides her with $50,000 per year to support her graduate studies in the Kerton group. She is investigating earth abundant catalysts for transformations of carbon dioxide.

Vanier scholarships consider three equally weighted selection criteria: academic excellence, research potential, and leadership. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.  They are open to all nationalities. The Department of Chemistry at Memorial now hosts 2 Vanier Scholars.

She is one of only 4 chemists to receive this prestigious scholarship in 2018.

Kori has demonstrated research potential through her varied undergraduate program and experiences at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia (including a summer spent in Germany sponsored by DAAD). She is an advocate for #WomenInSTEM and she is currently supervising two WISE-SSEP NL students in our labs.  She has written two full papers on her research at Memorial to date and a third is at an advanced stage of preparation. Congratulations again Kori! We are looking forward to supporting you in your research and ambitions over the next few years, and can’t wait to see where you end up! You are a science superstar 😀


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