Welcome from the TG Group!

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The TG Supramolecular and Medicinal Chemistry Research Group is based in the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin and is at the cutting edge of research into supramolecular structures, sensor design and materials development. The principal investigator is Professor Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson.

The TG Group is housed in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), as part of the School of Chemistry. The School is divided between several institutes on and near the main campus, such as the Chemistry Building, the Sami Nasr Institute of Advanced Materials (SNIAM), the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) and TBSI (Map).

Make sure to follow our news and updates below:

The Group Gets Even Bigger!

It is with great joy that we welcome our newest Postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Harlei Martin, to the Gunnlaugsson research group! Harlei completed her PhD in 2019 in Maynooth University under the supervision of Dr Trinidad Velasco-Torrijos. Her work involved the synthesis and biological evaluation of glycoconjugates as anti-adhesion ligands against pathogenic Candida albicans. After her PhD, she worked as an assistant lecturer in the Chemistry Department of Maynooth University, teaching Organic and Medicinal Chemistry modules. She then moved to Orléans, France as a postdoctoral researcher working on responsive contrast agents for cation detection under the supervision of former group member Dr Célia Bonnet. Harlei joined the group in September 2021 under the co-supervision of Assoc. Prof. Eoin Scanlan as an IRC postdoctoral fellow and will be investigating glycosylated napthalimides as prodrugs for cancer therapy.

Undergraduates Begin Their Final Year Project!

This September the Gunnlaugsson group are delighted to welcome four new TCD senior sophister students, Amy, Bláithín, Joanna and Sebastian, for their final year Capstone project. Amy’s research focus will on btp based interlocked molecules, Bláithín, Joanna and Sebastian will be focusing on Aminophthalimide Tröger’s bases.

2021 3rd Year Talks

A massive congratulations is in order to all those from Trinity College and UCD who took part in the 2021 3rd year talks, especially to our very own Deirdre McAdams who gave a particularly interesting presentation on the development of phenanthroline-naphtalimide ligands and photophysical profiling of associated Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes!

New PhD Student Joins the Group

Warmest of welcomes to our newest team member Owen Oseghale! Owen finished his undergraduate degree in Medicinal Chemistry at NUI Galway, were in his final year of studies he investigated various cis-platin appended nanoparticles, with the goal of increased delivery efficiency and tumour targeting ability.

With a great interest in exploring the biological field Owen achieved an MSc in Cellular Manufacturing & Therapy at NUI Galway, furthermore, he spent time at Hi-Tech Health where he worked on cell culturing world and ATMP production.

Owen joins the Gunnlaugsson group as an Amber funded student under the Co-supervision of Professor Valeria Nicolosi of Trinity College Dublin and Dr. Chris Hawes of Keele University Newcastle. His project will focus on the development of MOFs which have the potential to improve the performance of lithium and sodium-ion batteries. Welcome to the team Owen!!!

Senior Sophisters Complete their Capstone Projects

A massive congratulations is owed to Declan, Rory, and Tara who have recently completed their final year undergraduate Capstone projects with the Gunnlaugsson group. Even with restricted acess to the lab due to Covid-19 restrictions they worked exceedingly well and did us all proud! Wishing them the best of luck in the future wherever it may take them!

New Group Member

We are very happy to announce the addition of a new postdoctoral rearcher to the group, Dr. Ena Luis. Ena completed her PhD in 2019 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her work in the group of Prof. Jonathon Beves involved metallosupramolecular self-assembly and photoredox chemistry of ruthenium complexes. In mid-2020, she moved to Queensland University of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher probing interlocked structures in the gas phase with Dr Kathleen Mullen. Ena joins the group as an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow and is excited to continue exploring complex assemblies—this time, in the solid state. Welcome to the team!

New Addition to the TG group!

Warmest of welcomes to our new postdoctoral researcher Helen! Having completed her BSc at University College Dublin where she worked on spin crossover ionic liquids under the supervision of Dr Grace Morgan for her final year project. In 2014, she moved to The University of Edinburgh for her PhD studies with Prof. Euan Brechin, where she focussed on magnetic coordination capsules. In 2017, she joined Dr Paul Lusby’s group as a PDRA, synthesising supramolecular capsules for use in catalysis and/or as molecular qubits. She joins the group as an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow and will be synthesising supramolecular complexes for the sensing of pollutants.

New Group Members

Warmest of welcomes to Laura and Connie, our newest additons to the team!

Laura recently graduated with a BSc at Universidad Alcalá de Henares. She joined the group last year as an Erasmus student for her undergraduate project based on glycosylated Naphthalimides probes for imaging tumour cells following ADEPT mechanism. Laura has been granted the Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Studentship (1252), so she has rejoined the group as our newest PhD student. Her project will be based on the development of sugars/aminoacids naphthalimides Tróger’s base derivative probes for the imaging of P-Selectin in Inflammatory Disease.

Connie is a MSc student currently working on naphthalimides based on aggregation-induced emission in the TG group. She studied Medicinal Chemistry at NUI Galway for her undergrad and in her third year of BSc she attended the University Grenoble Alps as an Erasmus student. She has previously worked as an intern on Alzheimer’s research under Professor Sabine Chierici during her Erasmus at UGA and has carried out research on metal-based complexes at NUI Galway for her final year project and summer work experience (cisplatin and gold complexes). She is half Irish, half Icelandic and grew up in Belgium before moving to Ireland for university.

3rd Year Talks 2020

A massive congratulations to all the PhD students from TCD and UCD who spoke in the Annual 3rd Year talks, especially to our own June Lovitt who gave an incredible presentation on her work!

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Trinity College Dublin PhD Outreach Symposium

Today our first year PhD student Patrick had the great opportunity to take park in the TCD Outreach Symposium, in which he, along with Susie Calvert and Ellen Fay from the McGouran Lab, presented a prospective public outreach demonstration on the “Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide using Baker’s Yeast : A Read-Out of Enzymatic Activity​”. A special thanks to Dr. John O’Donoghue​, Dr. Carl Poree,​ Dr. Noelle Scully​ and co. for organising such a great event, and congratulations to all students involved for their amazing presentations!

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