Green Chemistry @ MUN


The Green Chemistry and Catalysis Group at Memorial University was established in September 2005. It consists of researchers under the supervision of Dr. Fran Kerton and Dr. Chris Kozak. Research areas currently under investigation include: Transformations of bio-sourced molecules using alternative solvents and catalysts; New iron based catalyst systems; Use of carbon dioxide as a solvent and as a reagent; Recyclable catalyst systems; Bio-derived and biodegradable materials incl. polymers, composites. Dr. Kerton received the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award in 2019 for her research in these areas and received the Kalev Pugi Award in 2023.

Fran Kerton

Fran Kerton with her ‘ MUN Research Report Big Shot Image’ in the Science Building

Our group mainly consists of MSc and PhD students. We normally have several undergrads working with us too incl. honours students.

Our main laboratories were extensively refurbished and new instrumentation acquired during the past few years. However, we moved into new laboratory space in 2021.


For recent publications by either Francesca M. Kerton or Christopher M. Kozak and co-workers, please visit the publication pages linked on the left-hand side of this page/blog.


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