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).

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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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Inspiring the next generation of STEM

Deirdre recently completed a seven week tutorial programme with students in her former secondary school with the Scholars Ireland Programme. While on the programme, she developed and delivered small group tutorials based around smart anticancer agents and light activated chemistry. A recent case study  revealed just how impactful this programme was, with one of the pupils deciding to pursue chemistry for the leaving certificate after completing it! Read more about the case study here. Congratulations to Deirdre for inspiring the next generation of STEM students!

New Members in the Group!

Warmest of welcomes to Chloé and Gianluca, the two newest memebrs of the TG group!

Chloé has joined us all the way from Paul Sabatier University Toulouse, as part of her third year placement, and will be working with Tröger’s base naphthalimides.


Gianluca recieved his B.Sc from the University of Genoa, and is currently on placement with the group while obtaining his M.Sc in the University of Bologna.. He will also be working on Tröger’s base naphthalimides.


New Publication in Inorganic Chemistry:

Many congratulations to Dawn E. Barry, who in collaboration with Komala Pandurangan, Aramballi Jayant Savyasachi, Robert D. Peacock (University of Glasgow) and Jonathan A. Kitchen (Massey University) and their contribution: “Formation of enantiomerically pure luminescent triple-stranded dimetallic europium helicates and their corresponding hierarchical self-assembly formation in protic polar solutions” accepted for publication in Inorg. Chem. (DOI:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00058). The work was supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and demonstrates the use of lanthanide directed synthesis of supramolecular structures from chiral organic ligands, and their application in the formation of higher order (hierarchical) structures (microparticles) which were analysed using  high-resolution imaging facilities here at the AML unit (part of AMBER and CRANN).


  1. Many congratulations to Jason on his paper “Aggregation induced emission (AIE) active 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide-Tröger’s base for the selective sensing of chemical explosives in competitive aqueous media”, which has been accepted in Chem. Commun., (DOI: 10.1039/c9cc08457f). The synthesis of the target ligand (shown below) and all the sensing/supramolecular/materials aspects of the work was carried out by Jason in collaboration with Prof. Sankarasekaran Shanmugaraju (Raju) from the Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad, Kerala (https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/shanmugam) and Oxana (form the TG research group), while the computational part of the work was overseen and executed by Deivasigamani Umadevi in collaboration with Prof. Graeme W. Watson from the School of Chemistry. This work, once again, demonstrates the versatility of the naphthalimide-Tröger’s base building unit within supramolecular chemistry.

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New Addition to the Group!

The group would like to welcome Reni as our newest team member! Reni is currently on placement with the TG group as part of her M.Sc with the Humboldt University of Berlin. During her stay she will be conducting research on Tröger’s base naphthalimides!

AMBER Annual Conference 2020

On the 15th of January Sandra and Tómas attended The AMBER Annual Conference 2020, which was held in The Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise. The goal of the conference was to introduce the various fields of research and to promote cross-collaboration within AMBER.

RSC Coordination and Organometallic Discussion Group Christmas meeting 2019

We all had such a great time at the Coordination and Organometallic Discussion Group Christmas meeting this year. It was great to see so many fantastic speakers. A very special congratulations to our very own Dr. Adam Henwood for a very interesting presentation on napthalimide based Iridium and Rhenium complexes, and their applications to catalysis and bioimaging.

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Emanuele Gets Awarded!

Fourth year student Emanuele Cappello has been awarded with the Intel Bursary for master and last year PhD Students! The Award, open to students from the schools of Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science, is meant to connect students nearing the end of their academic course and willing to join corporate world with a solid corporate reality like Intel Ireland. Last year 10 bursaries were awarded to Trinity Students out of 40 applications. Students awarded with the bursaries will join a mentoring program in Intel, acting like a bridge between Academia and Corporate.

Emanuelle website.jpgCongratulations Emanuele!