[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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June Lovitt, whocompleted her Masters project in the TG group last year, has rejoined us as a PhD student. June, along with Chris and Amy, published a paper in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers in December.
June returns after completing her MChem in Chemistry at University of Southampton, where she worked with TG group former post-doctoral researcher Dr. Jonathan Kitchen. She will continue and expand her work on naphthalimide and [2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol- 4-py)pyridine] (btp) motifs for metal templated formation of functional materials such as supramolecular gels.
Welcome back June!
Elena de Calatrava Pérez presented her work on “The Development of Glyconaphthalimides for Medicinal Applications” at the young investigator session of the 2017 meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry carbohydrate group. Elena conducts this work as part of a close collaboration between Thorri and Prof. Eoin Scanlan. The Meeting featured an exciting array of both industry and academic talks, and was held in TBSI over the 7th and 8th of September.
Congratulations to Sachi, who successfully defended his PhD thesis today, entitled “Luminescent Self-assembled Supramolecular Polymers and Microspheres Based on Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) Derivatives”.
David Smith, Sachi and Eoin Scanlon after the examination
Sachi, Raju and Prof. David Smith
Sachi and Eoin
Bjorn, Eoin, Chris and Anna
A toast for Sachi!
After the viva examination, Sachi and his examiner David K. Smith joined the rest of the TG group for a celebratory reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.
Our paper “Two-Photon Luminescent Bone Imaging Using Europium Nanoagents“, published last year in Cell Press’ journal Chem, was highlighted by the journal as one of six papers from 2016 that was of particular scientific importance. Once again, congrats to Esther and Steve on their work.
Adam Henwood recently joined the TG group as a postdoctoral researcher, after having completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Eli Zysman-Colman. Adam previously completed a Masters at Durham University in the group of Gareth Williams. His experience in the photophysics of iridium and platinum complexes, and spin coated devices makes him a great addition to the group. Welcome Adam!
Congratulations to Anna and Dermot on the publication of their new review “Luminescent/colorimetric probes and (chemo-) sensors for detecting anions based on transition and lanthanide ion receptor/binding complexes” focusing on the recent highlights of metal complexes as luminescent probes for anions in Coordination Chemistry Reviews. Their review (87 references) describes key advances from the last five years in the use and mechanisms of main block, d– and f– metals in the design of luminescent probes for anion guests of both environmental and biological relevance.
Anna and Dermot are both PhD students and spearhead the TG groups own anion recognition research interests, studying the anion-directed self-assembly of interlocked systems such as [n]catenanes and rotaxanes while also providing support to others in the group to study anion interactions of their own systems. Their research is kindly supported by the School of Chemistry (A.A.) and the Irish Research Council (D.G.) which supports our other IRC and SFI funded projects. Well done to all involved.