New additions to the TG group!



Niklas Klangwart – TG Erasmus Student

The TG group welcomes new Erasmus student Niklas Klangwart from Philipps-Universität Marburg who will be working on the synthesis of tripodal molecules with us here in Dublin during the next three months.

We also welcome our Senior Sophister students from TCD Chemistry: Heather Glover, Mairéad O’Doherty and Issac Irein Oluwatobi; they join us to complete their 4th year projects working on the synthesis of novel Tröger’s bases and ‘click’ ligands for lanthanide luminescence. Good luck to all!


Welcome back June!

June website

June Lovitt, whocompleted her Masters project in the TG group last year, has rejoined us as a PhD student. June, along with Chris and Amy, published a paper in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers in December.

June returns after completing her MChem in Chemistry at University of Southampton, where she worked with TG group former post-doctoral researcher Dr. Jonathan Kitchen. She will continue and expand her work on naphthalimide and [2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol- 4-py)pyridine] (btp) motifs for metal templated formation of functional materials such as supramolecular gels.

Welcome back June!

Sachi successfully defends his PhD thesis!

Congratulations to Sachi, who successfully defended his PhD thesis today, entitled “Luminescent Self-assembled Supramolecular Polymers and Microspheres Based on Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) Derivatives”.

After the viva examination, Sachi and his examiner David K. Smith joined the rest of the TG group for a celebratory reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.

The TG group welcomes new Postdoc Adam

Adam Henwood recently joined the TG group as a postdoctoral researcher, after having completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Eli Zysman-Colman. Adam previously completed a Masters at Durham University in the group of Gareth Williams. His experience in the photophysics of iridium and platinum complexes, and spin coated devices makes him a great addition to the group. Welcome Adam!

Review on Luminescent Metal-based Anion sensors on Coordination Chemistry Reviews

Congratulations to Anna and Dermot on the publication of their new review “Luminescent/colorimetric probes and (chemo-) sensors for detecting anions based on transition and lanthanide ion receptor/binding complexes” focusing on the recent highlights of metal complexes as luminescent probes for anions in Coordination Chemistry Reviews. Their review (87 references) describes key advances from the last five years in the use and mechanisms of main block, d– and f– metals in the design of luminescent probes for anion guests of both environmental and biological relevance.

Anna and Dermot are both PhD students and spearhead the TG groups own anion recognition research interests, studying the anion-directed self-assembly of interlocked systems such as [n]catenanes and rotaxanes while also providing support to others in the group to study anion interactions of their own systems.  Their research is kindly supported by the School of Chemistry (A.A.) and the Irish Research Council (D.G.) which supports our other IRC and SFI funded projects. Well done to all involved.

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”.