The Department of Chemistry of Memorial University is one of the largest Chemistry Departments in Atlantic Canada, with 23 faculty, 13 permanent laboratory instructors and instructional assistants, and a number of support and research staff. Approximately 10-15 students graduate with general and Honours B.Sc. degrees in Chemistry each year, and over 60 graduate students are working in our research laboratories.
The Department of Chemistry recently handed out its undergraduate student awards for the 2012-2013 academic year. The awards were handed out by Dr. Helmut Schwarz, the 2013 Job Visiting Professor, at a reception following his second research lecture, on April 30th.
Researchers at Memorial are looking for unique uses for materials that are generally seen as waste. But unlike other scientists, Dr. Fran Kerton and her green chemistry research group are turning to the oceans, as opposed to the land, for new sources of biomass to make renewable chemicals.