Green Chemistry @ MUN

Congratulations to former student
March 28, 2013, 5:25 pm
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Congratulations to Marcus Drover for being awarded a Vanier CGS award. This means he was ranked as one of the top new doctoral graduate students in any discipline (science, engineering, health/medicine, social sciences and humanities) across Canada! These scholarships are valued at $50,000 per year for three years…..don’t forget to save some of those funds for during a future postdoc, Marcus! ūüėČ and good luck with your current research.

Marcus is currently pursuing graduate studies in chemistry at UBC under the supervision of Prof. Jen Love and Prof. Laurel Schafer.

He graduated from MUN with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2012. He performed research with several supervisors during his time here. He held SWASP and MUCEP positions in Dr. Kerton‘s group during 2010 (studying Aluminum coordination chemistry). He also worked with Dr. Pansare on organic chemistry in summer 2010 too (Canada Summer Jobs). In summer 2011, after his 3rd year at MUN, he worked in Dr. Kerton‘s group again – this time on biomass conversion – whilst being supported by an NSERC USRA. During the academic year 2011/2012, he worked in Dr. Kerton’s group in collaboration with Dr. Celine Schneider, studying Li and Bi coordination chemistry, and both solution and solid-state multinuclear NMR spectroscopy. An image based on his honours project was selected for inclusion in the student calendar of the Inorganic Division, Chemical Institute of Canada. In summer 2012, he had a second NSERC USRA award and worked with Prof. Laurie Thompson on coordination complexes and supramolecular assembly.

Publications which Marcus co-authored during his time in the Kerton group include:

1. M. W. Drover, K. W. Omari, J. N. Murphy and F. M. Kerton*, ‚ÄúFormation of a renewable amide via direct conversion of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine‚ÄĚ, RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 4642-4643,¬† DOI:10.1039/C2RA20578E


Graphical Abstract from RSC Advances paper (2012) – First Author, Marcus Drover

2. N. Ikpo, S. Barbon, M. Drover, L. N. Dawe and F. M. Kerton*, ‚ÄúAluminum methyl and chloro complexes bearing monoanionic aminephenolate ligands: synthesis, characterization and use in polymerizations‚ÄĚ, Organometallics, 2012, 31, ¬†8145-8158,

3. M. Drover and co-authors, Lithium complexes of amine-phenolate ligands, Manuscript in preparation.

4. M. Drover and co-authors, Bismuth complexes of amine-phenolate ligands, Manuscript in preparation.


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