TG Group Attend MASC 2016 in Edinburgh

This year’s Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (MASC) group meeting was held in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Several members of the group attended the two-day RSC conference, presenting their work alongside a busy programme of international speakers from Europe, the US, Japan and New Zealand, including one of this year’s Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Sir Fraser Stoddart.

Symposium for Phil Gale

A half-day symposium was held in TBSI on Thursday to celebrate the work and collaborations of Professor Philip A. Gale, a brilliant chemist and the author of many reviews (and the Oxford Chemistry Primer) on supramolecular chemistry. Phil is taking up the position of Head of School in the University of Sydney next year. A great mix of 18 collaborators and friends across Britain and Ireland gave short talks, with an emphasis on the most interesting and fun aspects of their work.

Best of luck to Phil in his new job!

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Open Symposium at TBSI!

On the afternoon of Thursday 1st of December, the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) will be holding a half day symposium where several of the most important chemists from across the UK and Ireland who have had the chance to work with or just be friends with Professor Philip A. Gale. The Symposium will be free of charge and open to the public so everyone feel free to join us for it in the Tercentenary Hall at TBSI starting from 12:30. See you on Thursday!

CASE 2015 on the Cover of Supramolecular Chemistry


This month’s cover of Supramolecular Chemistry

This month’s issue of the Taylor & Francis journal Supramolecular Chemistry features a review on CASE 2015 by Robert Elmes, with a picture from the conference on the cover. CASE 2015  (Catalysis and Sensing for our Environment) was part-hosted in Trinity College Dublin, and organised by Thorri, along with Aisling Hume (TCD), Donal O’Shea (RCSI), and Robert Elmes (Maynooth).

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!


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

TG Group attend Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland Symposium in NUI Maynooth

The Gunnlaugsson Group attended the Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland half-day symposium in NUI Maynooth carefully organised to great effect by Dr. Rob Elmes, who obtained his PhD from under Thorri’s supervision and who’s 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 is 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”. 

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

Miguel alongside current TG group members


Recently, Fergus and Sandra represented the Gunnlaugsson group at the 12th Nucleic Acids Forum in London, alongside Prof. John Kelly.

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Sandra and Fergus at the poster session

Fergus gave a talk entitled “Photochemically Active DNA-Intercalating Complexes – Insights by Combining Crystallography and Transient Spectroscopy”, where he presented some of our collaborative work into how time-resolved infrared spectroscopy, coupled with X-ray crystallography, enables us to study the interaction of the excited-states of intercalated ruthenium polypyridyl complexes with DNA and provides new insights into the nature of the binding sites of these complexes. Some of this work was recently published in

Sandra presented a poster entitled “New Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complexes as Promising PDT Agents in HeLa Cells and Luminescent Probes for DNA”, showing the new classes of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes she designed and their potential biological applications.