2019


Devon and Mason pass their comprehensive exams

Devon
Research, Student

Mason and Devon took, and passed, their comprehensive exams on Nov. 7 and Nov. 19!

Devon wins Doctoral Platform Presentation Award at SETAC North America

Devon
Conference, Research, Student

Devon travelled to Toronto in November to attend the SETAC North America 40th Annual Meeting and received a 2nd place Foster (Sonny) Mayer PhD Platform Presentation Award!

Welcome Ellan, Danielle, Aidan

Mike
Honours, Research, Student

The start of the new academic year brings new members into the lab. We welcome Ellan Berdichevsky who came all the way from SFU (where Dr. Katz did his PhD) in rainy Vancouver B.C. who will be working on ... you guessed it ... MOFs. A big welcome to Danielle Seviour is joining the team as an Honours student. Craig Weir is back for more MOFing it up for his Honours project. The group is also excited to welcome Aidan Spoel as an undergraduate working in the lab. Welcome aboard. I am thrilled to have you here and look forward to see your amazing chemistry.

Devon publishes an article about his research in the Atlantic Student Research Journal

Devon
Publication, Research, Student

Devon was invited by the Atlantic Student Research Journal to contribute an article about himself and his PhD research. The article can be found here: The Solution To Pollution: Using Porous Materials To Clean The Air

Mason, Victoria, and Devon win poster prizes for their work at the CCCE

Mike
Conference

Devon McGrath, Victoria Downing, Mason Lawrence, Mohsen Shayan, and Dr. Katz are off to Quebec city for the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. The team has put together some amazing talks and posters. Victoria and Mason came home with a poster prize each. Devon came home with a prize for his talk. Congrats Victoria, Devon, and Mason, and well done Mohsen on your presentation. Keep up the amazing and impressive hard work!

Welcome Craig and enjoy ChemCon 2019

Mike
Conference, Research, Student

Craig Weir joined the group a few months ago. He is off to Science Atlantic ChemCon 2019 to present what he has been working on. Welcome aboard Craig. Looking forward to hearing all about MOFs from you.

Devon's manuscript is accepted in Chemical Science

Mike
Publication, Research, Student

Devon has been working tirelessly to finish his manuscript on the decontamination of nitrous acid. The manuscript was accepted in Chemical Science. Long experiment times at environmental concentrations were a real challenge. Devon fought a hard battle to get his story out there. Keep up the fight Devon!

Devon wins a Science Atlantic Communication Award

Mike
Conference, Student

Devon presented his work at the Science Atlantic Environment Conference. He gave an amazing talk and won the Science Atlantic Communication Award. Good job Devon!

2018


Dr. Katz is heading to New Zealand for MOF 2018

Mike
Conference

From one winter island in the Atlantic Ocean to a summer island in the Pacific Ocean. Dr. Katz is heading to his first MOF conference in New Zealand.

Nathan joins the group

Mike
Research, Student

Nathan joins the group to work on some new MOFs. Welcome Nathan! We are excited to have you as part of the team.

Devon and Victoria's first publication from the group is online

Mike
Publication, Research, Student

Devon McGrath and Victoria Downing have been working hard to figure out why Zn2(BDC-NH2)2DABCO is so hard to make. They learned a lot about the processes that occur inside the MOF and put together an amazing story. Great job Team!

Dr. Katz is going to Japan thanks to an CNC/IUPAC travel award

Mike
Conference

Dr. Katz is off to Japan for the 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry. Dr. Katz is extremely grateful to the CNC/IUPAC Travel Award and the sponsors for the funding and this amazing opportunity. Thank you!

Mason is going green in Colorado

Mike
Conference, Student

Mason Lawrence has received an award to go to the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy. I hope your time in Colorado will be a highlight of your degree. I look forward to learning more about all you have learned.

Honours Student Presentations

Mike
Honours, Research, Student

Congratulations to Evan and Laurie for their honours work. 8 months is a short amount of time to get into a lab, start a new project, make two presentations, write a thesis (and learn LaTeX in Laurie's case). Keep up the hard work and I know you'll go far in life.

Evan gets accepted to Med. School

Mike
Student

Evan has been working hard over the last few years to get into medical school. Today, he found out that he is going to continue paying money to Memorial University in the school of medicine. Congrats Evan on all your hard work. Don't forget about us when we come in with knee pain.

2017


Dr. Katz receives 2018 CNC-IUPAC Travel Award

Mike
Conference

Dr. Katz receives the 2018 Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) travel award. With this award, Dr. Katz is Japan bound for the 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC). A big thank you goes out to the CNC-IUPAC Associates for the support of this wonderful opportunity. Thank you!

Brandon gets his first publication for his thesis

Mike
Publication, Research, Student

Brandon has been working hard working on a new direction in the Katz group on photo-active MOFs. His hard work has payed off in his first publication in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society. Good job Brandon! Keep it up!

New Honours Students and Graduate Students Join the Team.

Mike
Honours, Research, Student

The research group is proud to have Mason Lawrence and Victoria Downing start their MSc degrees with us. Joining them are Laurie and Evan who are our 2017-2018 honours students. Good luck everyone and don't forget to have some fun!

Jinfeng gets his publication published in honor of SFU

Mike
Publication, Research, Student

Jinfeng has been working hard to finish up his MSc and move onto the next step of his education. However, that did not stop Jinfeng from putting another publication in the chamber. The work on sulfur dioxide in MOFs was published in the Canadian Journal of Chemistry as a special issue entitled "50 Years of Chemistry at SFU". Good job Jinfeng!

Mike and Brandon Travel to the Toronto for the 100th CSC

Mike
Conference, Student

Mike and Brandon Travel to Toronto to give two seminars and one poster presentation about the MOF work going on in the lab. I hope you liver is ready Brandon.

Brandon's Comprehensive Exam

Mike
Student

Brandon Furlong has passed his comprehensive exam and is officially a PhD candidate. Congrats Brandon! Keep up the hard work.

ChemCon 2017 at Memorial University

Mike
Conference, Research, Student

The undergraduate student society at Memorial University have been working hard to bring the regional chemistry conference to St. John's. Starting today, students and professors from Atlantic Canada will come to St. John's to discuss chemistry and get Screeched in by Mason. A big thank you goes out to all of the students who worked so hard to get this conference organized. Good luck Mason and Victoria on your presentations. I'm sure they will be great.

NSERC USRA Students Begin

Mike
Research, Student, USRA

Mason Lawrence and Laurie Donnelly join the research team as NSERC USRA students. Welcome to the lab Laurie. Have a great summer!

2016 Honours Students Hand in Their Theses

Mike
Honours, Research, Student

Mason Lawrence and Victoria Downing sprint across the finish line to hand in their Theses. Congratualations on the achievement. I'm very proud of ya'll.

2016


Terra Nova Young Innovator Award

Mike
Research

Michael Katz has been awarded the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award (TNYIA). The funding will allow the research team to head into a new direction and explore new porous materials that would otherwise be too risky to venture towards.

Jinfeng Publishes his First Manuscript

Mike
DG, NSERC, Research, WISE

Jinfeng Zhang picked up and ran with a project started by our Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) highschool student Gabby white over the summer of 2015, and after a few revisions and some hard work, the publication is online at ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. Good Job and great work Jinfeng.

MOF 2016

Mike
Conference, Student

Jinfeng is on his way to MOF 2016 to show off his hard work and to see what all the leaders in the field are working on. Safe Travels Jinfeng!

New Graduate Students Devon McGrath Joins the Team

Mike
Honours, Research, Student

Welcome Devon McGrath to the M.Sc program. I hope you have lots of fun playing with MOFs.

2016 Honours Students Begin

Mike
Honours, Research, Student

Mason Lawrence and Victoria Downing join the team for their honours projects. Good luck and have fun.

Teaching and Learning Grant Accepted - Benchtop NMR, Here We Come!

Mike
Teaching

With the summer semester coming to a close, we excitingly found out that a Teaching and Learning Framework grant, for which we are getting a bench-top NMR for the undergraduate teaching program, has been awarded.

RDC Funding Received

Mike
Research, RTI

RDC Leverage results are out and we were awarded $ 100,000 as matching funds towards a gas-adsorption analyzer initially funded by the NSERC RTI program. Thanks RDC and NSERC for the support!

Goodbye and Goodluck Arnaux

Mike
Research, Student

Arnuax's time with us has come to a close. He is heading back to France, but he will always be a MOFstar in our eyes.

WISE Student Katie Young Joins the Group

Research, Student, WISE

Katie Young, a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) highschool student joins us for a few weeks to try her hand at research. I hope you have fun making MOFs!

CSC 2016

Mike
Conference, Research, Student

Michaela Ryan, Mason Lawrence, and Dr. Katz go to the CSC in Halifax NS. We had a great time meeting people, presenting our work, and even having a drink or two with some friends. Michaela won won an undergraduate award for her poster. Congrats Michaela!

ChemCon 2016

Mike
Conference, Research

Michaela Ryan, Mason Lawrence, and Dr. Katz go to ChemCon 2016 at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax NS. We had a great time and Mason Lawrence won an undergraduate award for his talk. Congrats Mason!

Welcome Amanda Parsons

Mike
Research, Student, SURA

Amanda Parsons joins the team as a Memorial University Science Undergraduate Research Award (SURA). Good luck Amanda! Don't let my white whale drag you down.

Welcome Mohsen Shayan

Mike
Research, Student

Mohsen Shayan has joined the research team. Welcome aboard Mohsen. I hope St. John'a and the rest of Canada treat you well. The whole team looks forward to working with you.

Welcome Back Mason

Mike
Honours, Research, Student, USRA

Mason Lawrence has decided that he likes working on MOFs, so he is back for the summer as an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Students student. Welcome back Mason!

NSERC RTI Awarded - Gas Adsorption Gear, Here We Come.

Mike
NSERC, Research, RTI

NSERC RTI results are out and we were awarded $ 150,000 towards a gas-adsorption analyzer. A special thanks goes out to NSERC, the faculty whose job it is to go through all the RTIs, and Kelly Hawboldt who has been kind enough to share with us her Micromeritics Tristar instrument.

A Big Welcome to Arnaud Cuvilliez

Mike
Research, Student

A warm welcome to Arnaud Cuvilliez who joins us from France for a three-month internship. Welcome Arnaud and sorry about the snow in April.

Honours Students Finish Up

Mike
Honours, Research, Student

Undergraduate honors students Michaela Ryan and Christian Pearce present their honours research topics to their peers. You two put your best foot forward and should be proud of your accomplishments.

Michaela is Going to Medical School

Mike
Honours, Student

Undergraduate honors student Michaela Ryan found out that she got accepted to medical school. Congratulations Michaela on your achievements. We wish you the best of luck!

Mason Publishes His First Manuscript!

Mike
NSERC, Publication, Research

Undergraduate NSERC USRA and MUCEP student Mason Lawrence publishes his first manuscript. Congratulations Mason for your publication in Chemical Communications! Mason and Celine Schneider, Memorial Universities NMR guru, studied the stability of UiO-67 as a function of time. This MOF has received a great deal of attention in the literature and we hope that our manuscript will alleviate some of the confusions.

2015


Michaela Ryan and Christian Pearce Start Their Honours

Mike
Honours, Student

Michaela Ryan and Christian Pearce join the team for an 8 month honours project. They both picked some challenging projects. Michaela's project is partially funded by a Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) Undergraduate Oceans and Industries Student Research Award. Good luck Christian and Michaela!

A Warm Welcome to Brandon Furlong

Mike
Student

Brandon Furlong joins the group. Brandon did his undergraduate degree at Memorial University. He subsequently decided that he loved it here so he decided to stay on as a graduate student. We wish you all the success in the world Brandon!

Gabrielle White Joins the Team as a WISE Students

Mike
Student, WISE

Gabrielle White, a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) highschool student joins us for a few weeks to try her hand at research. I hope you have fun making MOFs!

Mason Lawrence and Michaela Ryan Join the Team

Mike
NSERC, Student, SURA, USRA

Mason Lawrence joins the group as an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Students. Michaela Ryan joins the group as a Memorial University Science Undergraduate Research Award (SURA). Good luck Mason and Michaela! I hope you have a fantastic research summer.

NSERC Discover Grant Awarded - Let's Make Some MOFs!

Mike
DG, Grants, NSERC

Dr. Katz receives his first NSERC Discovery Grant. May this be the first of many grants for the research team.

Jinfeng Zhang joins the team

Mike
Student

Jinfeng Zhang joins the team as a graduate student from China. We hope that you enjoy all that St. John's, Newfoundland, and the rest of Canada have to offer. Welcome on board Jinfeng!

Contact Details

Department of Chemistry,
Memorial University,
St. John's, NL
Canada

Phone: 1-709-864-8745
Email: mkatz@mun.ca
Website: www.KatzResearchGroup.com