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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Anna’s Paper featured JOC webpage

It is an incredible time of the year for Doctor Anna Aletti! After her graduation ceremony, in fact, we are delighted to report another great news about her. Anna’s paper, published on the Journal of Organic Chemistry  (J. Org. Chem., 2019, 84 (7), pp 4221–4228; DOI:10.1021/acs.joc.9b00219) was featured on their webpage. The work, entitled “Halide-Controlled Extending–Shrinking Motion of a Covalent Cage” was a collaborative project that was headed up by Anna’s former mentor at Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia, Professor Valeria Amendola and was part of Anna’s PhD thesis here in TCD.

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Way to go Anna, once again, congratulations!

Dr. Anna Aletti and Dr. Amy Lynes Graduate

As part of the Spring Commencements at Trinity College Dublin, two students from the TG group were conferred their PhD degrees in the Public Theatre: Anna Aletti and Amy Lynes, who are now Dr. Aletti and Dr. Lynes! Their theses, titled “Anion-Templated Self-Assembly – From Anion Complexes to the Formation of Supramolecular 2D Networks” and “Supramolecular soft materials and structural studies of a series of BTA and pyridine-dicarboxamide derivatives with various d-metal ions”, respectively, have been a great contribution to the TG group research.

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We wish to congratulate them for this brilliant achievement, hoping that it will be a stepping stone for long and successful careers in chemistry! Well done!

Thorri, Bruno and Emanuele attending the “Italian Research Day 2019 //Everyday chemistry”

Thorri, Bruno and Emanuele will attend the “Italian Research Day 2019” event organized by the Italian Instistute of Culture and sponsored by Darta Savings, giving short talks about how chemistry is important in everyday life.

 

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The event, which will take place in the IIC, will be open to the public and will be on Tuesday 9th of April. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Dermot Gillen succesfully defends his PhD Thesis

Just one day after Sandra’s viva, the group once again congratulates Dermot for defending his PhD thesis, titled “Solution-state Anion Binding Studies of Urea- and Amide-based Hydrogen-bonding Receptors for the Design of Supramolecular Assemblies“, which was examinated by Prof. Scott Cockroft from the University of Edinburgh.
Dermot’s has been an very long-term part of the TG Group, joining at first for a Summer Project and then returning for his PhD, which was funded by the Irish Research Council. After the conclusion of the examination, Dermot joined Thorri and Prof. Cockroft for lunch, as per custom of the group and afterwards they returned to the TBSI where the group awaited for a small celebration.
The group wholeheartedly wishes Dermot best of luck for his future, which we are sure will be shining and full of achievements. All the best!

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Sandra Estalayo defends her PhD Thesis succesfully

The whole TG group congratulates Sandra, who successfully defended her PhD Thesis “Photophysical and Biological Profiling of Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complex-based Systems”. Sandra’s Thesis was examined by Prof. Gilles Gasser of ParisTech, Paris Science and Letters (PSL), University of Paris.
Sandra was a joint PhD student of Thorri and Prof. John Kelly and she worked on the Ruthenium complexes that title her thesis and their effects on biological systems.
After the Viva was finished, Sandra, Thorri and Prof. Gasser went to lunch together as usal for the group, then the group had a small celebration party together.
The group wishes Sandra, who now returns to sunny Spain, all the best for her future!

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Dermot leads outreach activities with the Royal Society of Chemistry

This month, TG group member Dermot Gillen has been bringing the RSC’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme to schools across Dublin in association with the School of Chemistry, TCD. 5th and 6th year chemistry students at St Aidens CBS in Whitehall, Presentation Community College in Terenure and Old Bawn Community School in Tallaght got hands-on experience with IR and UV-visible spectrometers, as part of a murder mystery puzzle.

Outreach activities form an important part of the ethos of the TG group, and first-year PhD students Deirdre and Shauna are continuing the tradition. You can read all about the SIAS workshop in one of our earlier posts!

Elena successfully defends her PhD Thesis

Many congratulations to Elena De Calatrava Pérez, who successfully defended her PhD
thesis titled “The Synthesis, Photophysical and Biological Evaluation of Glycosylated
Naphthalimides for Medicinal and Material Applications”. Elena was a joint PhD student of Thorri and his close collaborator Prof. Eoin Scanlan; her work was examined by Prof. John Callan, The Norbrook Chair in Pharmaceutical Science, from the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science at Ulster University. and prof. Mike Southern as the internal examiner. It was a great occasion, which was followed by a lunch in one of our
favourite restaurants, Pig’s Ear, and a small celebration in TBSI. Elena is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in St. James’s Hospital here in Dublin.

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Elena’s PhD was funded by the SFI and focused on the development of novel glycosylated naphthalimide structures and their application in both medicinal and material chemistry. A large part of her work focused on the use of high-resolution imaging, which was carried out in collaboration with several members of the TG group as well as in close collaboration with Dr Gavin McManus from the School of Biochemistry and Immunology here at TCD. Some of her work has been published in the RSC journals Chem Commun and most recently in the OBC. We all at TG group wish Dr De Calatrava Pérez best of luck for her future!