Michael J. Katz

Porous Materials

St. John's

St. John's is the oldest city in Canada and the capital and largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland. As the second largest city in Atlantic Canada, it is one of the world's top ten oceanside destinations.

St. John's is home to fantastic restaurants such as The Gypsy Tea Room, Bistro Sofia, The Adelaide Oyster House, and Raymonds (to name a few); the latter is considered one of Canada's top restaurants. St. John's is further home to George Street, a two-block long street housing nothing but bars, and a late-night pizza establishment; in the summer months, George Street is home to music festivals.

In addition to eating and drinking, St. John's is home to the St. John's IceCaps, our AHL time and the Montreal Canadians farm team. If an outdoor lifestyle is what you crave, then summer hiking and winter snowshoeing are readily available. Lastly, if travelling is on your agenda, then the St. John's international airport has flights to Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Dublin, London (UK), Orlando, and Punta Cana (to name a few).

Memorial University

Memorial University is the only university in Newfoundland and Labrador. As such, Memorial has a special obligation to the people of this province. Established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who lost their lives during active service in the First and Second World Wars, Memorial University serves to honour that great sacrifice through educating the people of this province.

What started as a small teachers’ training school nearly 100 years ago has since grown into a comprehensive doctoral university offering more than 100 degree programs. During this time Memorial University has fostered the talents of many successful individuals. Our alumni have gone on to become leaders in business, industry, education, science, government and many entrepreneurial endeavours locally and throughout the world.

The Chemistry Department

The Department of Chemistry at Memorial University is one of the largest and most research active chemistry departments in Atlantic Canada. Our 22 faculty members and 6 adjunct or cross-appointed faculty supervise over 80 graduate students who are working on M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in our research laboratories. Researchers in our department study all areas of chemistry such as analytical, biological, computational/theoretical, environmental, inorganic, materials, oceans, organic, and physical.