Green Chemistry @ MUN

Med School Bound :)
July 21, 2016, 1:41 pm
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Congratulations to Rebecca O’Leary (Volunteer Summer 2013 and NSERC USRA 2014) and Michaela Ryan (Faculty of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Award 2014 and MUCEP 2014) on their places at Memorial University’s School of Medicine in the Fall. We wish you every success in your future studies and career!

Congratulations George!
July 15, 2016, 5:30 pm
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George Margoutidis (PhD candidate, Kerton Group) has been awarded a Researcher Mobility Grant by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This will allow George to spend 1 semester (3 months) performing research at the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath, UK, with Prof. Janet Scott. Congratulations George!

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Welcome to WISE-SSEP students
July 5, 2016, 1:08 pm
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We are very happy to welcome two NL high school students to work in our group for the next 8 weeks. We hope Katelyn and Hannah enjoy being part of our chemistry family and learn lots of new, interesting and exciting science.

WISE-SSEP NL began in 1990 and the Kerton and Kozak groups have been taking part since 2006/7.  You can find out more about the program here: WISE-NL

Bon Voyage à Tous
June 30, 2016, 1:34 pm
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Today, as tomorrow is the holiday ‘Canada Day’, we say goodbye to our interns from Bethune I.U.T., France. We very much enjoyed having them part of our team. We wish them a safe journey home and à bientôt:)

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Building for the Future
June 23, 2016, 4:50 pm
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Federal and Provincial politicians including Premier Dwight Ball and Minister Judy Foote were at the University to making an important announcement regarding the new core science facility (building), which is on schedule to open in 2019. More information can be found in Memorial’s gazette newspaper.  Chemistry will be one of the department’s moving into the new building with new research and teaching laboratory space.

Chris Kozak (Professor of Catalysis, Department of Chemistry) was asked to say a few words about the impact that this will have on science faculty and students. A photo of Chris with Premier Ball, Minister Foote and Memorial’s President Kachanoski is shown below.


Fran Kerton and Chris Kozak were both interviewed by Kelly Foss yesterday for an article in the gazette about the new building.

Group news
June 22, 2016, 3:56 pm
Filed under: Chemistry Professors, Conferences, Group News, Group Photos, Science, Students

MUN profs and students at Science Atlantic ChemCon. Thank you MSVU for a great conference

We are all just back from travels in the Maritime provinces of Canada. The Profs (Chris Kozak and Fran Kerton) attended Science Atlantic ChemCon hosted by Mount Saint Vincent University – along with Mike Katz, Chris Flinn and many of our undergraduates.  Memorial will be hosting next year – so do consider paying us a visit.  Jen Murphy and Tim Anderson took part in the Canadian Chemical Crystallography Workshop also held in Halifax.

Then the big event followed  – the 99th CSC in Halifax. Chris, Fran, Jen, Hart and Kaijie gave talks in the green chemistry symposium organized by Chris Kozak and Rob Singer. Tim, Kaijie and Hart also presented posters during the conference. Above are two photos from this conference. Jen Murphy and Kaijie Ni won talk/journal prizes from Green Chemistry and Catalysis Science & Technology. On our last night, we headed to the Halifax Ale House to celebrate our #ChemFam with honorary group member Dr. Louise Dawe from Wilfrid Laurier University.

June 1, 2016, 6:45 pm
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Congratulations to all members of the group who were recognized at the 2015/16 Graduate Studies Award Ceremony. Yi Liu (PhD candidate), Kata Devaine-Pressing (PhD candidate) and Kaijie Ni (PhD candidate) were recognized as Fellows of the School of Graduate Studies (and are pictured below with Fran and Chris). Former group members Coralee Ridder and Valerie Parsons were recognized as Fellows in absentia because they are working in industry and could not attend. Erika Butler and Jochen Koerner were recognized for their prestigious scholarships (an NSERC CGS-M and a Royal Bank Fellowship for Marine Studies respectively).

Well done everyone!

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