Green Chemistry @ MUN

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
Filed under: Group News, Students

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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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!

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.


Green Chem & Cat Group at ChemCon 2015, UNB


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!

Group End of Semester Night Out at Ice-Caps Hockey and Yellow Belly Brewery
December 8, 2014, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Group News, Group Photos, St. John's, Students
Group at the Underbelly (Yellow Belly Brewery) postgame

Group at the Underbelly (Yellow Belly Brewery) postgame

At the Icecaps game

At the Icecaps game

At the Icecaps game

At the Icecaps game

Teddy Toss Success - The van is full

Teddy Toss Success – The van is full

Buddy abusing the bears

Buddy abusing the bears



Early Group Thanksgiving Meal
September 28, 2014, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Group News, Group Photos, Students

Today, the group got together at the Profs’ house for an early thanksgiving meal – so our German visitors could participate before heading home!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Congrats and farewell
September 25, 2014, 10:13 am
Filed under: Group News, Students

Congratulations to our DAAD RISE Weltweit students, who will be returning to Germany soon. We wish them a safe journey home and an enjoyable RISE conference later in the Autumn/Fall.

If there are any Canadian BSc students (or US or UK ones) out there interested in a research internship in Germany next summer, please go to:  Memorial students please speak to Dr. Kerton if you want more information or have any questions.

Also, congratulations to Kenson Ambrose (Kozak group) and Hart Plommer (Kerton group) upon their transfer from the MSc stream to the PhD stream at Memorial.

Finally, congrats to Hassan (PhD 2011, Kerton group) on his new job as Senior Chemist at Avivagen Inc. in Ottawa.

Unexpected visitor in the lab
June 19, 2014, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Group News
Green Chemistry Fan!

Green Chemistry Fan!


It’s that time of year when we work with the windows open and our bird friends come to visit. I reckon we will miss them when we move to the new building in 2019.

Funding News :D
April 3, 2014, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Chemistry Professors, Conferences, Group News, Science

Dr. Kerton’s NSERC Discovery Grant has been renewed at $43000 per year for 5 years.

This grant will be used to partially pay the stipends of Yi Liu (PhD), Greg Curtis (MSc), George Margoutides (PhD), Hart Plomer (MSc) and Coralee Ridder (MSc). It is also used to contribute towards the stipends of the following co-supervised students: Jen Murphy (PhD with Hawboldt, Engineering), Valerie Parsons (MSc with Bottaro, Chemistry) and Shafaet Chowdhury (PhD with Kozak, Chemistry).

Thank you to all current and former students who helped produce the results during the last funding period, which allowed the grant to be renewed. Here’s hoping for lots of exciting results during this next 5 year period.

** Dr. Kerton has also received a ‘stopover in a commonwealth country’ travel grant from the RSC, which will cover some of the costs towards a diversion from Hong Kong to Singapore. She will be visiting Hong Kong to attend the Green Chemistry Gordon Research Conference and Singapore to collaborate with Prof. Ning Yan at the National University of Singapore.**

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