Green Chemistry @ MUN


Where are they now?

The Green Chemistry and Catalysis Group provide opportunities for valuable research experience to a large number of undergraduate students each summer (NSERC USRAs 16 weeks and SWASP 8 weeks). We often hire students directly after their 1st year studies at MUN (if they have obtained ‘A’ grades in Chem 1050/51). Also, there are usually part-time positions available in the Fall and Winter Semesters (through MUCEP). We also participate in the Canadian Inorganic Chemistry Exchange (ICE). We have hosted students from UVic, UBC, Western and Queen’s. All students who have performed research in our group, to the best of our knowledge, have gone on to graduate studies, professional schools or are working in fields where they directly apply the skills that they have learnt. Several of these students have received prestigious awards after leaving the group (Vanier Award, Julie Payette Award)

Dr. Kerton and Dr. Kozak normally hire two new graduate students each per year. Graduate students have either gone onto further graduate studies (i.e. MSc to PhD) or postdoctoral fellowships.

Recent Undergraduates in the Green Chemistry and Catalysis Group:

1.  to 27. Pre-2010

28.  Chad Petten, Honours Project (490A/B) 2009/10 (Kerton Group): ‘Metal Catalyzed Halogenation Reactions’; progressed to School of Medicine, MUN (2010-2014). Co-author on a manuscript in Sustainable Chemical Processes from his 490 project.

29.  Amy Reckling, Honours Project (490A/B) 2009/10 (Kozak Group): ‘Synthesis and Reactivity of Lithium Amine-bis(phenolate) complexes’; progressed to graduate studies in Chemistry (MSc, Fogg group, U.Ottawa). Co-author on 1 Paper (Dalton Trans, 2013) from her 490 project.

30.  Elliott Chard, Honours Project (490A/B) 2009/10 (Kozak Group): ‘Synthesis and Reactivity of Manganese Amine-bis(phenolate) complexes’; progressed to graduate studies in Chemistry (Kozak group, MUN) and then medical school. Co-author on 1 paper from his 490 project.

31.  Michelle Pratt, MUCEP Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 (Kerton Group): ‘Renewable Chemical Feedstocks’; completed undergraduate degree (Spring 2012), now at MUN medical school.

32.  Jessica Besaw, NSERC USRA 2010 (Kerton Group): ‘Renewable Chemical feedstocks’; completed undergraduate degree 2013, will be pursuing graduate studies at MUN (Rowley) Co-author on a manuscript Green Chem. 2012. News: Julie Payette NSERC scholarship awarded 2013.

33.  Marcus Drover, SWASP 2010 and Summer Student, MUCEP Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 (Kerton Group): ‘Coordination Chemistry of Mixed-Donor Ligands and Biodegradable Polymer Synthesis’; completed undergraduate degree (Spring 2012), attending grad school at UBC (Schafer/Love). Co-author on a paper (Organometallics) from this summer. News, see below

34.  Lisa Saunders, NSERC USRA 2010 (Kozak/Kerton Group): ‘Synthesis and Reactivity of Cobalt Amine-bis(phenolate) complexes’; completed undergraduate degree (Spring 2012). Co-author on 2 papers published (Catalysis Commun. and Polyhedron). News, see below

35.  Michelle Pratt, SWASP 2010  and MUCEP Fall 2010 (Kozak Group): Synthesis and Reactivity of Cobalt Amine-bis(phenolate) complexes’; completed undergraduate degree (Spring 2012) and now at medical school. Co-author on 1 paper (Polyhedron).

36.  Christina Price, Honours Project (490A/B) with RDC Ocean Industries undergraduate award 2010/11 (Kerton Group): ‘Green Transformations of Bio-feedstocks’; progressed to School of Medicine, MUN (started Sept. 2011)

37.  Nick Randell, MUCEP Fall 2010 (Kozak Group): Synthesis and Reactivity of Iron Amine-bis(phenolate) complexes’; completed undergraduate degree and Honours project with Dr. Laurie Thompson. Now pursuing graduate studies at U.Sask with Dr. Tim Kelly.

38. Landon Hiscock, Volunteer Summer 2011 (Kerton Group): Now graduate student with Dr. Graham Bodwell.

39. Jennifer Murphy, SWASP 2011 (Kerton Group): see below. Co-author on 1 communication (RSC Adv. 2012).

40. Jennifer Smith, SWASP 2011 (Kozak Group): presently, Memorial University Medical School

41. Marcus Drover, NSERC 2011 (Kerton Group): Co-author on 1 communication from this summer (RSC Adv. 2012). Now grad student at UBC, co-supervised by Schafer and Love. (see below)

42. Stephanie Barbon, NSERC & ICE 2011 (Kerton Group): completed undergraduate degree 2013 (UWO) and will begin graduate studies at UWO Sept 2013 (Gilroy). Co-author on a paper (Organometallics 2012) from summer 2011. News: NSERC CGS-M awarded 2013

43. Michelle Pratt, NSERC 2011 (Kozak Group): see below

44. Lisa Saunders, NSERC 2011 (Kozak Group): see below

45. Linda Dodot, DAAD RISE 2011 (Kerton Group): ‘Green transformations of bio-feedstocks’; presently, completing undergraduate degree. Co-author on 1 paper (ChemSusChem 2012).

46. Christian Hoffmann, DAAD RISE 2011 (Kerton Group): ‘Ring-opening polymerization using Li phenolate complexes as initiators’; presently, completing graduate studies at University of Denmark. Co-author on 1 paper (Dalton Trans 2012).

47. Michelle Pratt, Honours Project (490A/B) 2011/12 (Kozak Group): completed undergraduate degree, progressed to medical school at Memorial Univ. (started Sept. 2012)

48. Lisa Saunders, Honours Project (490A/B) 2011/12 (Kozak Group): completed undergraduate degree, pursuing grad studies in Crudden Group (Queens) started Sept. 2012. News: OGS awarded 2013

49. Marcus Drover, Honours Project (490A/B) 2011/12 (Kerton Group): “Structural, Catalytic and Spectroscopic Studies of Lithium and Bismuth Coordination Compounds” completed undergraduate degree,  pursuing graduate studies at UBC (Love/Schafer) from Sept. 2012.  Co-author on two manuscripts in preparation from honours research. News: Vanier Award recipient 2013

50. Jennifer Murphy, Faculty of Science SURA 2012 and Honours Project (490A/B) 2012/2013, (Kerton Group, co-supervised by Louise Dawe & Celine Schneider) completed undergraduate degree, pursuing graduate studies at MUN and holds an Ocean Industries Award from RDC. Co-author on accepted manuscript in Journal of Chemical Crystallography, 2014.

51. April Woods, Faculty of Science SURA 2012, (Kozak Group, co-supervised by Christina Bottaro), completed undergraduate degree, pursuing graduate studies in analytical chemistry at U.Saskatchewan (Burgess). Co-author on one paper (Faraday Discussions 2015)

52. Jeremy O’Brien, NSERC USRA 2013 (Kerton Group): “Reactions of Biomass and Carbon Dioxide” completed undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at MUN. Co-author on one paper (Catalysis Sci & Tech 2014), now student of Medicine at MUN.

53. Cody O’Brien, NSERC USRA 2013 (Kozak Group), now student of Medicine at MUN.

54. Rebecca Quilty, NSERC USRA 2013 (Kozak Group), now student of Medicine at MUN

55. Andrew Walsh, SWASP 2013 (Kerton Group): “Synthesis and Characterization of V compounds for Oxidation Catalysis” completing undergraduate degree in Chemistry at MUN. Co-author on one manuscript submitted to European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, planning on pursuing graduate studies in Fall 2016

56. Rebecca O’Leary, Volunteer 2013 (Kerton Group): “Preparation of Ligands for Catalysts” Attending Medical School at MUN from Sept. 2016

57. Karen Strassel, DAAD RISE 2013 (Kerton Group): “Reactions of Aminocarbohydrates” completing MSc degree in Chemistry, Germany. Co-author on one manuscript in preparation, now pursuing graduate studies at UiT Norges arktiske universitet

58. Fabio Oldenburg, DAAD RISE 2013 (Kozak Group)

59. Jan-Philipp Menzel, DAAD RISE 2013 (Kozak Group)

60.Kelly Mitchelmore, Research Assistant (6 weeks, summer 2013, Kerton Group): “Reactions of Biomass” completing degree in Pharmacy at MUN.

61. Christian Pearce, Fall MUCEP 2013 (40 h) (Kerton Group): “Preparation of Ligands for Catalysts” pursuing MSc in Health Sciences at MUN from Sept. 2016

62. Cody Dunne, Winter MUCEP 2014 (40 h) (Kerton Group): “Preparation of Ligands for Catalysts and Transformation of Biomass-sourced Chemicals” completed undergraduate degree in Chemistry at MUN, now student of Medicine at MUN

63. Peter Benson, Winter MUCEP 2014 (40 h) (Kozak Group): “Preparation of Ligands for Catalysts” completing undergraduate degree in Chemistry at MUN.

64. Christian Pearce, NSERC USRA 2014 (Kerton Group): “Preparation of Ligands and Catalysts for oxidation reactions and CO2 activation” pursuing MSc in Health Sciences at MUN from Sept. 2016

65. Rebecca O’Leary, NSERC USRA 2014 (Kerton Group): “Study of catalysts for oxidation reactions aimed at epoxide formation” Attending Medical School at MUN from Sept. 2016

66. Michaela Ryan, FoS SURA 2014 (Kerton Group) and MUCEP 2014/15: “Waste biomass as a source of valuable chemicals and materials” Attending Medical School at MUN from Sept. 2016

67. Joshua Lehr NSERC USRA 2014 (Kozak Group)  completing undergraduate degree at MUN, 2015/16 Fulbright Scholarship at University of Texas.

68. Nicolas Bouchard NSERC USRA 2014, Inorganic Chemistry Exchange scholar from Université Laval (Kozak Group), pursuing graduate studies at Univ. Laval.

69. Cosima Staehler DAAD RISE Weltweit 2014 (Kerton Group)

70. Immanuel Reim DAAD RISE Weltweit 2014 (Kerton Group)

71. Melanie Snow Winter MUCEP 2015 (40 h) (Kozak Group) completing undergraduate degree at MUN

72. Maximilian Springer DAAD RISE Weltweit 2015 (Kozak Group)

73. Julia Pennell Fall and Winter MUCEPs 2015/16 (2 x 40 h) (Kerton Group), “Ligand syntheses” completing undergraduate degree at MUN

74. Nathaniel Noel Fall MUCEP 2015 (40 h) (Kozak Group), completing undergraduate degree at MUN

75. Laura Turner Winter MUCEP 2016 (40 h) (Kerton Group), completing undergraduate degree at MUN

76. Quentin Lepillet, exchange student, Spring 2016 (Kerton Group), “Mussels and their valorization” completing undergraduate degree in France

77. Jevon Marsh, NSERC USRA 2016 (Kerton Group): “Study of catalysts for reactions of carbon dioxide” completing undergraduate degree at Memorial

78. Tyler Brown, NSERC USRA 2016 (Kerton/Kozak Group): “Study of catalysts for reactions of carbon dioxide” completing undergraduate degree at Memorial

79.Lilo Mailänder DAAD RISE Weltweit 2016 (Kerton Group)

80. Laura Stein, DAAD RISE Weltweit 2016 (Kerton Group)

Note: Where a student has completed several projects or work terms, they are listed multiple times in this list but only publications resulting from that particular project are listed. For example, Chad Petten is listed three times, as he has worked for 2 summers and for his honours project in the group. In total, he is a co-author on 4 papers but, in most cases only 1 publication is mentioned each time his name is listed.

Recent Graduate Students in the Green Chemistry and Catalysis Group:

1.    Rajoshree Roychowdhury, B.Sc. and M.Sc. Pune, India, M.Sc. 2007 (Kozak group), ‘Synthesis and Reactivity of Iron Amine-bis(phenolate) Complexes’;  progressed to Ph.D. Candidate at Univ. of Windsor (Macdonald Group). Co-author on 1 publication.

2.    Nduka Ikpo, B.Sc. Nigeria and M.Sc. (1yr) Aberdeen, M.Sc. 2008 (Kerton group), ‘High-Throughput Methods and Lanthanide Chemistry’; progressed to Ph.D Candidate at Memorial Univ. (Kerton Group). Co-author on 1 publication from M.Sc.

3.    Uttam Das, B.Sc. and M.Phil. Bangladesh, M.Sc. 2010 (Kerton/Kozak collaboration), ‘Synthesis and Reactivity of Cobalt Amine-bis(phenolate) Complexes’; progressed to Ph.D. Candidate at Univ. of Ottawa (Baker Group). Co-author on 2 publications.

4.    Xin Qian, B.Sc. China, M.Sc. 2010 (Kozak group), ‘Synthesis and Reactivity of Iron Amine-bis(phenolate) Complexes’; progressed to Ph.D. Candidate at Ecole Polytechnique,Paris, France. Co-author on 2 publications. NEWS: Shortlisted for Reaxys PhD Award

5.    Hassan A. Kalviri, B.Sc./M.Sc. Iran, Ph.D. 2011 (Kerton group), ‘Dehydration Reactions of Benzylic Alcohols and Preparation of Palladium Nanocrystals in Imidazolium and Phosphonium Ionic Liquids’; progressed to Postdoctoral Researcher, Baker group, Univ. of Ottawa and now Senior Chemist at Avivagen Inc., Ottawa. Co-author on 3 publications (and 1 in prep).

6. Zhenzhong Hu, B.Sc./M.Sc. China, Ph.D. 2011 (Kerton group), ‘Copper Coordination Chemistry with Pyridyl-Imine Ligands and their Application in Aerobic Oxidation Reactions’; progressed to Postdoctoral Researcher, Ariya group, McGill Univ., Co-author on 3 publications (all full papers). NEWS: Awarded FQRNT Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2013

7. Kamrul Hasan, B.Sc./M.Phil. Bangladesh, Ph.D. 2011 (Kozak group), ‘Iron Catalysts for the Epoxidation of Olefins and C-C Cross-coupling’; progressed to Postdoctoral Researcher, Zysman-Colman Group, Univ. de Sherbrooke; and now Assistant Professor at University of Sharjah, UAE. Co-author on 4 publications.

8. Samantha Payne, B.Sc. Memorial Univ., M.Sc. 2012 (Kerton group), ‘Green Chemical Transformations of Bio-sourced Molecules’; progressed to Laboratory Instructor, Memorial University. Co-author on 1 publication from M.Sc.

9. Khaled W. Omari, B.Sc./M.Sc. Jordan, Ph.D. 2012 (Kerton group), ‘Producing Renewable Chemicals From Fishery Waste: Chitin, Chitosan and Their Monomers’; progressed to industrial/academic postdoctoral position at CBU (MacQuarrie and B.W.Bioenergy Inc. 2012-13), then NSERC Visiting Fellow at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in London, ON, and now, Laboratory Supervisor/Manager at TestMark Labs, ON. Co-author on 4 publications from PhD.

10. Elliott F. Chard, B.Sc. MUN, M.Sc. 2012 (Kozak group), ‘Iron complexes’; progressed to MUN School of Medicine. Co-author on 2 publications.

11. Nduka Ikpo, M.Sc. 2008 (Kerton group), Ph.D. 2013 (Kerton group), ‘Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of Amine-phenolate Complexes Towards the Preparation of Aliphatic Polyesters’; progressed to Postdoctoral Researcher with Derek MacKenzie, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Co-author on 4 publications and 1 manuscript in preparation.

12. Hua ChenM.Sc. 2014 (Kozak group), ‘Chromium complexes’. Co-author on 2 publications. Working in the business sector in Ontario.

13. Qing He, M.Sc. 2013 (Kerton group). Co-author on 1 publication/review.

14. Greg Curtis, M.Sc. 2014 (Kerton group). Co-author on 1 manuscript in preparation; seeking employment in the clean technology sector

15. Valerie Parsons, (Co-supervised Bottaro/Kerton) Co-author on 2 manuscripts in preparation; progressed to Analytical Chemist, Vale, Labrador.


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