Fergus presented with the RIA Young Chemist Prize

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.

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.

Well done!

Fergus wins the 2016 RIA Young Chemists Prize

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 Present at Networking Event

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.

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Also that evening, Amy won the Barry-McCabe Demonstrating prize for teaching first year undergraduates last year. Congratulations to Amy on this wonderful achievement!

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Amy (centre) with Head of School Sylvia Draper (third from right), Tom McCabe (second from right) and Brendan Barry (far left)

Attention! Filming in Progress in TG Lab

Trinity College Dublin receive four nominations for the ‘Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards’, which is funded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Irish Universities Association (IUA).

The Gunnlaugsson research group were selected in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) to have their research lab filmed in order to promote the awarding of the nominations to College. Several PhD students and post-doctoral fellows were filmed while actively carrying out synthetic and analytical work.

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

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Dr. Oxana Kotova wins poster prize at MASC 2015

Dr. Oxana Kotova with her award, "Porous Polmers", for her poster prize at MASC 2015

Dr. Oxana Kotova awarded the book, “Porous Polmers”, for winning a poster prize at MASC 2015

The Gunnlaugsson Group represented Trinity College Dublin at the  annual RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry conference in Durham, UK on the 21st and 22nd of December 2015. Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson alongside 3 post-docs and 10 PhD students descended on the picturesque town in the north-east of England for two days of talks featuring extremely prominent international speakers from all aspects of supramolecular chemistry.

The meeting was attended by 130 people from a total of eight countries. Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson was among the 5 plenary speakers, but the meeting also included ten invited speakers, a poster session, and 6 flash talks. Dr. Oxana Kotova’s poster entitled “Healable Luminescent Self-Assembly Supramolecular Lanthanide (Eu/ Tb) Metallogels” (pictured) took home a poster prize for the group.

The famous Durham castle was a fitting setting for the conference dinner after which was held lively discussion and entertainment in the form of a Biopharma Casino Night. More success for the Thorri’s came in the form of PhD students Anna Aletti and Sandra Estalayo who were rewarded for their skill on the roulette tables with one magnum of Champagne each.

The conference was a great success and Prof. Jonathan W. Steed and all at Durham University must be congratulated for the careful organisation of the event.

Dr Joe Byrne visiting scholar in Hong Kong University

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This month, Dr Joseph Byrne travelled to Hong Kong University in order to work in the laboratory of Prof Vivian Wing-Wah Yam and establish a collaboration, investigating luminescent inorganic complexes and bringing together expertise from the Yam group and the TG Group.

This exchange was made possible through the support of Science Foundation Ireland’s International Strategic Collaboration Programme for China.

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Dr Byrne worked closely with postdoctoral fellow Dr Sammual Yu Lut Leung while hosted at HKU.

On Friday 11 December, he gave a seminar to members of the Department of Chemistry about research from the TG Group and had fruitful discussions about these topics.

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