Green Chemistry @ MUN

Congratulations to former Kozak Group members!
June 8, 2015, 10:04 pm
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Two former graduate students from the Kozak Group have recently been appointed to academic positions in chemistry.

Dr. Xin Qian (M.Sc. Memorial, 2010) has been appointed to an Associate Professorship at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing, China. After her time at MUN, Xin completed her PhD in Paris and a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford.

Dr. Kamrul Hasan (PhD Memorial, 2011) will be starting his Assistant Professorship in September, 2015 in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Following his PhD at MUN Kamrul completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Sherbrooke and Montreal.

Congratulations to both of you and best wishes for your exciting new careers!

Yesterday – a big congratulations all around!
June 3, 2015, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Group News, St. John's, Students

Congratulations to Jen (PhD Candidate, Kerton Group) who was honoured at the School of Graduate Studies Awards Ceremony.

Jen Murphy at School of Graduate Studies Award Ceremony

Jen Murphy at School of Graduate Studies Award Ceremony

Also,  congratulations to Greg Curtis (MSc, Kerton Group, 2014) on his new job with a start-up company as a medicinal green chemist. He will be using supercritical carbon dioxide in his new work and is about to jet off to his first business meeting/team building exercise in Pittsburgh.

Well done everyone!

Honorary Doctor of Science at MUN
May 29, 2015, 11:57 am
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Margaret-Ann Armour (University of Alberta) has been visiting Memorial University this week to receive her honorary degree. Some members of the group met her at her WISE-NL conversation on Tuesday night, Fran Kerton accompanied her to convocation on Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday she attended a reception in the chemistry department (more photos to come).

Dr. Fran Kerton with Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour just before convocation when Margaret-Ann received her Honorary Doctor of Science

Dr. Fran Kerton with Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour just before convocation when Margaret-Ann received her Honorary Doctor of Science

Group Photos from ChemCon 2015
May 25, 2015, 7:25 pm
Filed under: Chemistry Professors, Group News, Group Photos, Students

Thank you UNB for hosting an epic ChemCon this year! We had so much fun and made many new friends. Congratulations to all group members on their talks and posters, with an extra special congrats to Jen Murphy on her Best Graduate Oral Presentation Prize. We are already looking forward to ChemCon 2016 at MSVU next year. Dr. Kozak is ready to be auctioned off to join another quiz team in aid of fundraising for ChemCon 2017 at MUN.

All the MUN attendees in a photo, thank you to

Our proud prize winner at the banquet

Coralee presenting her poster

The Green Chemistry and Catalysis Group at our graduate student recruiting booth. Nice pose, Dr. Kozak!

The ground for the new science building will be broken soon!
May 12, 2015, 7:12 pm
Filed under: Group News, St. John's

The University is starting to prepare the site of the new Science building. Chemistry is one of the departments that will move in here!

Science Atlantic ChemCon
May 6, 2015, 12:14 pm
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Just a pre-meeting announcement to say that there will be a good turn out from the Green Chemistry and Catalysis group at this meeting in late May.

Information on the conference can be found here:

If you are interested in research at MUN, please feel free to have a chat and a drink with any of the students or profs in attendance.

We are already looking forward to our flights and road trip!

Undergraduates – Are you interested in paid research next year (either as an honours student or as experience)? Check out OISRA awards
April 27, 2015, 5:26 pm
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REMINDER: Undergraduate Deadline for OISRA Awards is May 14 2015 at 4pm


Are you in the process of selecting undergraduate students to work in your lab for the 2015-2016 academic year?

If your research is oceans-related, your student(s) may be eligible to receive funding from the Research & Development Corporation’s (RDC’s) Ocean Industries Student Research Awards (OISRA).

Students can receive up to $7,500 with additional supervisory funding of $1,500 to support the student’s research costs.

Most undergraduate OISRA awardees have gone on to pursue graduate research at Memorial University.  Some students have even received a second OISRA award at the graduate level.

Undergraduate Award Structure and Level of Support:


Up to $7,500/award for full-time students in their third year of studies or later in a bachelor degree program that are interested in pursuing supervised research in a field related to ocean industries.

Eligibility requirements.

Students must have a minimum average of 75% and be enrolled full-time in the third or fourth year of their program in September 2015. The deadline for students to apply is May 14, 2015 at 4pm.


We’re here to help.

Interested and eligible students may contact RDC’s account managers, Andrew Simmons or Lynette Peddle  for more information.

RDC’s OISRA program information is available on the following page:

Find the guidelines here


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