Eoin and Hannah attend the 16th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-ray Structure Analysis

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Group Photo: Hannah (three rows back, 5th from right) and Eoin (4th row back, 5th from left)

Eoin Mc Carney and Hannah Dalton recently attended the 16th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-ray Structure Analysis. The week-long residential course was held from Saturday 25th March until Sunday 2nd April at Trevelyan College in Durham University. Congratulations to Hannah and Eoin for completing the course!

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!

New Students Join the Research Group, welcome to Tony and Céline!


We would like to welcome two new students, Tony Duggan and Céline Ruijs, to the Gunnlaugsson group. Tony is a 3rd year Pharmaceutical Healthcare student from DIT on placement in the group from January until May. Céline is a 4th year Chemistry student from Université Catholique de Louvain and will be doing an internship until May. Both of them are working on self-assembly projects with Oxana.

Dr Fergus Poynton Graduates (and says Farewell to the TG Group)

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Oxana congratulates Fergus on receiving his doctorate.

As part of the Christmas commencements at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Fergus Poynton was conferred with his PhD degree in the Public Theatre.

Everyone in the TG group would like to say a big thanks and goodbye to Fergus, a friend to all of us and an excellent chemist. Fergus’ work on Ru(II) polypyridyl probes has led to a cover article in Nature Chemistry, along with recent publications in Faraday Discussions, Angewandte Chemie and Chemical Science, among others.

Best of luck to Fergus in all his future endeavours. We’ll miss you!

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.

New Paper for June, Chris and Amy

Congratulations to June Lovitt, Chris Hawes and Amy Lynes on their new paper in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, entitled ‘Coordination chemistry of N-picolyl-1,8-naphthalimides: colourful low molecular weight metallo-gelators and unique chelation behaviours‘. June has spent the last six months as a research student in our lab, and has now returned to the University of Southampton to complete her studies. We all hope to see June again soon, but in the meantime we would like to wish her best of luck in all her future endeavours!

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Transparant low molecular weight metallogels such as the one pictured (green) were formed from N-picolyl-1,8-naphthalimides