Many congratulations to Dr Fergus Poynton, who was presented with the IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists by the president of IUPAC, Natalia Tarasova at the opening ceremony of the 46th World Chemistry Congress last week. The acclaimed award is given each year to the best PhD theses in the chemical sciences worldwide, and Fergus received it alongside the remainder of the winners from both 2016 and 2017.
The week-long conference was held in São Paulo, Brazil, and included other such highlights as lectures by Nobel laureates Ada Yonath, Fraser Stoddart and Robert Huber, along with a series of symposia on Environmental Chemistry, ‘Big Data’, and Women in Chemistry.
Fergus received the 2016 Royal Irish Academy Young Chemists Prize in June for his doctoral thesis “Spectroscopic Investigations into the Excited-State Processes and Reactivity of Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complexes”.
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”
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.
We’d like to extend big congratulations to Fergus on winning the 2016 Royal Irish Academy Young Chemists Prize. Fergus received his doctorate in December on Ru(II) polypyridyl DNA-targeting agents.
Fergus will be formally awarded the prize in May, and has been nominated by the RIA for the IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists. Well done Fergus!
Amy and Chris recently gave talks at the School of Chemistry’s first annual Intra Postgraduate/Post-Doctoral Colloquium Day and Networking Event. The event was well attended by those in the School of Chemistry and many members of the Gunnlaugsson group presented posters in the poster session in the afternoon.
Also that evening, Amy won the Barry-McCabe Demonstrating prize for teaching first year undergraduates last year. Congratulations to Amy on this wonderful achievement!
Amy (centre) with Head of School Sylvia Draper (third from right), Tom McCabe (second from right) and Brendan Barry (far left)
The Gunnlaugsson Group attended the Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland half-day symposium in NUI Maynooth organised to great effect by Dr. Rob Elmes, who obtained his PhD from under Thorri’s supervision and who is now a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the university. The attendees were treated to a tour-de-force of supramolecular chemistry developments from the islands of Ireland and Britain and from as far away as Universidad de Santiago de Compostela whence Dr. Miguel Martínez-Calvo made his return having carried out a post-doctoral fellowship in the Gunnlaugsson Group. Miguel spoke about his work on the “Development of new tools in chemical biology: specific transition metal catalysis in the mitochondria”.
Dermot and the other poster prize recipients
Anna and Bjorn at their posters
Amy presenting her work
Poster Winner Dermot
Chris at his poster with Prof. Phil Gale
A poster session followed the day’s talks where Dermot Gillen brought home a poster prize for his work entitled “Anion binding of the meta-Phenylene bis(phenylurea) motif“. Congratulations to Dermot and the organisers of the event which was a great success.
Miguel alongside current TG group members
Pictured are Prof. Gunnlaugsson and Dr. Surender following the ceremony.
As part of the summer commencements at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Esther Surender was conferred with her PhD degree in the Public Theatre. A number of honorary degrees were also awarded in the same ceremony, including the Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs.