TG Group, October 2016. In the Boardroom, TBSI
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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Congratulations to Sam Bradberry, who today successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled Design and development of novel self-assembled luminescent lanthanide complexes in solution and in responsive soft materials.
The four year research project was carried out in collaboration with Dr Amir Khan of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TCD and Prof. Colin McCoy of Queens University Belfast. Sam’s work has been published in several journals including Chemical Communications and Faraday Discussions. After the viva, Sam joined the rest of the TG group for a celebratory reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.
Dr Oxana Kotova attended the 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in conjunction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry, which was held this year in Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhall. There she presented a poster entitled “Discrete white-light-emitting Ln-based heterometallic assemblies in solution”. This work was recently published in Chemical Science. The conference included talks from various internationally renowned researchers including Nobel Laureate Prof. Fraser Stoddart, Prof. François Diederich, Prof. Harry Anderson, Prof. David Leigh and Prof. Vivian W.W. Yam amongst many other excellent chemists. Thanks to the organising committee for the excellent meeting.
Punting on the River Cam
Oxana presenting her poster
Trinity College Cambridge
Vivian W W Yam
Harry Anderson won the Izatt Christensen Award
Fourth year PhD student Eoin McCarney is just back from an exciting week at the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, which was dedicated this year to chemistry. The annual conference brings together a diverse mix of undergraduates, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, lecturers and of course, Nobel laureates – all to the island of Lindau just off the eastern shores of Lake Constance.
Panel discussion at the Lindau meeting
Eoin with Prof. Ben Feringa and David McNulty
Eoin and Jean-Pierre Sauvage
Klaus Von Klitzing (and his Nobel Prize medal)
Martin Chalfie and Eoin take a selfie
On board the Sonnenkönigin to Mainau
Highlights of the meeting included informal discussion sessions at which Eoin had the opportunity to ask Professors Ben Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage about their views on science, education and policy. The two laureates won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.”
Eoin’s attendance at the Lindau meeting was sponsored by the Irish Research Council, who presented him with an award last month in recognition of his achievements.
The Gunnlaugsson Group attended the Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland (SCI 2017) conference in Maynooth University yesterday. The conference, organised by former group member Dr Rob Elmes, brought together an array of international speakers for a jam-packed day of lectures and short talks.
Several members of the group presented their work at the poster session, with second year PhD student Hannah Dalton giving a flash talk on “Metallosupramolecular assemblies of a family of N,N,O–terdentate ligands”, work which was recently published in Crystal Growth and Design.
Many congratulations to Isabel Hegarty, who beat a tough field to win the prize for best poster, for her poster entitled “Lanthanide Directed Self-Assembly of a Series of btp Derivatives”
Bjørn la Cour Poulsen, a final year PhD student in the TG group, presented a talk about the biological applications of ruthenium complexes at the Postdoctoral Research Day, which took place Friday in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI). His talk, entitled “Spectroscopic studies of the binding of ruthenium complexes to DNA” covered his work concerning synthesis of a new class of ruthenium (II) complexes and their interactions with DNA as well as their anticancer activity.
Chris and Oxana also presented their work at the poster session, in what was an exciting and engaging day which highlighted the breadth of research in TBSI.
Dermot Gillen, a third year student in the TG group, was selected as one of six representatives from Trinity College Dublin to present his work at the 69th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, which took place over Thursday and Friday of this week in DCU. The conference gathers chemistry postgraduate students from all over Ireland to showcase their work in a highly interdisciplinary setting.
Congratulations to Aoife Lucid from the Watson computational chemistry group in TCD, who won the Lilly prize for her talk on the computational modelling of electrolytes for solid oxide cells.
Congratulations to Dr Fergus Poynton, who was formally presented with the RIA Young Chemist Prize today. The prize is awarded annually by the Royal Irish Academy for the most outstanding chemistry thesis in Ireland.
John Kelly, Fergus Poynton and Thorri Gunnlaugsson
Pat Guiry presenting Fergus with his award
Members of the TG group at the reception
Fergus won the prize in March for his thesis “Spectroscopic Investigations into the Excited-State Processes and Reactivity of Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complexes”, he has since won one of the five IUPAC-Solvay International Awards for Young Chemists, and will receive the prize at the 46th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in São Paulo this July.
In a special ceremony in the Academy, the prize was presented by Prof. Pat Guiry, Vice-Chair of the Physical, Chemical & Mathematical Sciences of the RIA. The ceremony was also attended by Fergus’ family and friends, as well as collaborators Clive Williams, TCD and Susan Quinn from UCD, co-supervisor John Kelly and his colleagues from the Donnelly research group in the School of Medicine.