[Most of] The TG Group, in the TBSI Boardroom, September 2017.
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).
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As the sun is blessing Ireland with great days, the TG group decided to have a group trip in the afternoon. After long consultation, the group decided to go for a walk along the coast between Greystones and Bray. The group meet at Greystones, then followed the trail all the way to Bray, where, after ice creams, a short rest on the beach (with some very brave TGs who decided to have a swim) had a toast to celebrate the great day. Until the next time!
On Friday 22nd June, Elena represented the Organic Chemistry Department of TCD at the annual Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium at Queen’s University of Belfast, with a talk on the development of glycosylated naphthalimides as prodrugs for medicinal applications. The Colloquium, in its 70th edition, started on Thursday 21st, and highlighted the outstanding research conducted by the best young chemists at third level institutions across Ireland, involving more than 60 students between posters and oral presentations.
Great Job Elena!
The annual Third Year Talks took place on Tuesday 29th May, so Bruno, Hannah and Isabel, as third year students had a chance of presenting their work. The event, sponsored by Eli Lilly, involved 38 students from TCD, UCD and DIT who presented their research in the Hamilton Building on the Trinity Campus.
Isabel talked about her btp-based metal ion complexes during the Inorganic Chemistry session; Hannah presented her work with bypiridine derivative complexes of d and f metal ions in the New Ligands session; while Bruno talked about his work on f metal ion complexes as indirect probes of peptidic phosphorylation in the Analysis of Biologic session.
Our congratulations go to all the students who participated, and especially to Bruno, Hannah and Isabel for their great job representing the TG group!
Many congratulations to Adam, who submitted his photo showing aggregation induced emission from naphthalimide compounds to C&EN’s long running “Chemistry in Pictures” series. They have featured it in their latest online edition, and his photo will be entered into the competition for best picture of the month!
The picture and a short description are available to view on the C&EN website. https://cen.acs.org/synthesis/Chemistry-Pictures-Water-down-turn/96/web/2018/05
Adam is a post-doctoral researcher who joined the TG Group last year having completed his PhD at the University of St. Andrews.
Today several members of the Gunnlaugsson group attended the Irish Regional meeting for the RSC Organic Division at Queen’s University Belfast. Thorri presented some of the topics of the group in his talk, “Application of supramolecular recognition in synthesis and self-assembly formations” and Adam presented a poster about his previous work in St Andrews.
As part of the Spring Commencements at Trinity College Dublin, three students conferred their PhD degrees in the Public Theatre: Sachi, Eoin and Bjorn are officially Doctors of Philosophy in Chemistry!
Their contribution to the TG Group has been greatly valuable over the past four years and has led to their theses, “Luminescent Self-assembled Supramolecular Polymers and Microspheres based on Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide Derivatives” for Sachi, “Templated synthesis of novel molecules and materials using 1,4-disubstituted-1,2,3-triazole supramolecular building blocks” for Eoin and “Ruthenium Polypyridyl Complexes for Biological Applications in Imaging and as Anti-Cancer Agents” for Bjorn! We all want to congratulate them for this great achievement, and wish them the best of luck for all the ones to come. Great job lads, real kings material!
Isabel presented the work she has been doing so far in her PhD at the School of Chemistry seminar series “ChemSem”, a series that showcases the work of PhD and post-doctoral researchers within the School and encourages interactions between the students, staff and groups.
Her talk was titled “An exploration of the interactions of btp and tzpa with d- and -f-block metals” and discussed two ligands she has developed strongly in the group along with Dr. Dawn Barry and Dr. Joe Byrne (now UBern).
In addition, Isabel interacts with Alkermes Inc., a pharamaceutical company that focuses on CNS disorders, through Dr. Tarek Zeidan (Alkermes, MA) and will soon be spending time with them at their site in Athlone.