Gunnlaugsson group presents their work at Inorganic Dublin Symposium

Dr. Oxana Kotova gave an oral presentation at Inorganic Dublin Symposium in CRANN at Trinity College Dublin on “Discrete white-light-emitting Ln-based heterometallic assemblies in solution” which has been published in Chemical Science.

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Hannah Dalton, June Lovitt, Bruno D’Agostino, Savyasachi A J, Dr. Samuel J. Bradberry and Dr. Adam Henwood took part to the conference poster session by giving some small presentations of their works, with Bruno impressing the committee, which awarded him with the poster prize. Keeping up the good work!



Dr Sam Bradberry Graduates!


As part of the Autumn Commencements at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Sam Bradberry was conferred with his PhD degree in the Public Theatre.

Sam’s thesis, “Design and development of novel self-assembled luminescent lanthanide complexes in solution and in responsive soft materials” and the work that lead to its realization has been of great value for the TG Group, and we as a whole wish to congratulate him for his achievement. Great Job Sam!

Congratulations Hannah for Demonstrating Prize and crystallography PR!

Third year PhD student Hannah Dalton was recently awarded the Barry-McCabe prize for demonstrating by the School of Chemistry. This prize was established by the School of Chemistry to mark the long standing contributions made to undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research by Mr. Brendan Barry and Dr. Tom McCabe. It is awarded annually to an outstanding postgraduate demonstrator of the JF Chemistry Module (CH1102) which spans aspects of organic and inorganic chemistry.

In April, Hannah received a bursary from the IUCr to attend the 16th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-Ray structure analysis, a week-long course covering theoretial and practical aspects of X-Ray structural analysis that is run every other year. She was also featured in their monthly journal.

Well done Hannah!

Fergus is presented with the 2017 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists


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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”.

Eoin McCarney attends the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting

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.

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.

Isabel wins a poster prize at Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland 2017 at Maynooth


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,Oterdentate 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”

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!