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”.
Bruno with Rob Laverick and Jon Kitchen
Work at the Langmuir-Blodgett trough
Second year PhD student Bruno D’Agostino visited the University of Southampton last week as part of a collaboration with Dr Jon Kitchen on lanthanide-based Langmuir-Blodgett films. He also attended the day-long 2017 Southampton Supramolecular Symposium on Friday, which was organised by the Kitchen and Goldup groups in Southampton.
Dr Oxana Kotova attended the 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in conjunction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry, which was held this year in Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhall. There she presented a poster entitled “Discrete white-light-emitting Ln-based heterometallic assemblies in solution”. This work was recently published in Chemical Science. The conference included talks from various internationally renowned researchers including Nobel Laureate Prof. Fraser Stoddart, Prof. François Diederich, Prof. Harry Anderson, Prof. David Leigh and Prof. Vivian W.W. Yam amongst many other excellent chemists. Thanks to the organising committee for the excellent meeting.
Punting on the River Cam
Oxana presenting her poster
Trinity College Cambridge
Vivian W W Yam
Harry Anderson won the Izatt Christensen Award
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.
Panel discussion at the Lindau meeting
Eoin with Prof. Ben Feringa and David McNulty
Eoin and Jean-Pierre Sauvage
Klaus Von Klitzing (and his Nobel Prize medal)
Martin Chalfie and Eoin take a selfie
On board the Sonnenkönigin to Mainau
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.
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”
Bjørn la Cour Poulsen, a final year PhD student in the TG group, presented a talk about the biological applications of ruthenium complexes at the Postdoctoral Research Day, which took place Friday in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI). His talk, entitled “Spectroscopic studies of the binding of ruthenium complexes to DNA” covered his work concerning synthesis of a new class of ruthenium (II) complexes and their interactions with DNA as well as their anticancer activity.
Chris and Oxana also presented their work at the poster session, in what was an exciting and engaging day which highlighted the breadth of research in TBSI.
Dermot Gillen, a third year student in the TG group, was selected as one of six representatives from Trinity College Dublin to present his work at the 69th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, which took place over Thursday and Friday of this week in DCU. The conference gathers chemistry postgraduate students from all over Ireland to showcase their work in a highly interdisciplinary setting.
Congratulations to Aoife Lucid from the Watson computational chemistry group in TCD, who won the Lilly prize for her talk on the computational modelling of electrolytes for solid oxide cells.