Deirdre takes part in the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase workshop

Our first year student Deirdre co-facilitated RSC’s Spectroscopy In A Suitcase workshop to the 6th year Chemistry class at St. Paul’s College today in Raheny. The students solved a Murder Mystery while being introduced to different analytical tools including mass spectrometry, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

St Pauls


New work on 2-picolyl derived naphthalene diimide and bis-phthalimide ligands accepted

Many congratulations to June, now in her second PhD year, who has had her paper with Chris Hawes (former member of the TG Group and now and independent lecturer at the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Keele University, UK, named “Crystallographic studies of 2-picolyl substituted naphthalene diimide and bis-phthalimide ligands and their supramolecular coordination chemistry”, accepted for publication in CrystEngComm (DOI: 10.1039/C8CE01756E). This work is another excellent outcome of a very fruitful collaboration between the group and Chris, based on exploring the supramolecular application of naphthalene-based building blocks with various d-metal ions, featuring extended analysis of the various complexes formed by using single crystal structure analysis, but Chris was instrumental (as well as Brendan Twamley) in training several members of the TG group in carrying out their own X-ray analysis.Cryst

Good job!

New work on the luminescent sensing of organic solvents accepted

Many congratulations to Sachi, Bruno and David, who have had their paper on the generation of highly luminescent functional solid-state material, “Self-assembled bright luminescent hierarchical materials from a tripodal benzoate antenna and heptadentate Eu(III) and Tb(III) cyclen complexes” accepted in Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering (Front. Chem. Sci. Eng. 2019, DOI:10.1007/s11705-018-1762-3). This work, achieved in collaboration with the Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt research group here at TCD covers the use of self-assembly between cyclen-based lanthanide (Europium and Terbium) complexes and a tripodal ligand which yields a luminescent amorphous material (red and green respectively, as shown below) that can be used for the sensing of solvents such as MeOH, CH3CN and THF.

Sachi + Bruno

Amy Lynes successfully defends her PhD Thesis

The TG group congratulates with Amy, who successfully defended her thesis, “Supramolecular soft materials and structural studies of a series of BTA and pyridine-dicarboxamide derivatives with various d-metal ions”. Amy’s thesis was examined by Prof. Jonathan Steed from Durham University.

Amy’s PhD was funded by the SFI and expanded the work of the group on BTA motif-based molecules which resulted in several paper, the most recent a ChemmCommun. We all at TG group wish together Amy best of luck for her future and whatever it will have in store for her!

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Farewell, Raju!

The whole TG group bids farewell to Dr Sankarasekaran Shanmugaraju, who is leaving the group after four years filled with research and achievements thanks to which he was assigned the professorship at the IIT Palakkad, where he will start a new chapter of his life and career. We salute a great collaborator and mentor to many students in the group. All the best, Raju!


Left to right, Raju, Bruno  and Sachi at the goodbye lunch. Yes, we’re sure it’s not Bruno who’s leaving!

New additions to the TG group!

TG group welcomes new visiting PhD student Jacobo Gómez González who joined TG group in July and will be working with us until November 2018.


Jacobo (on the right) and Stephen (on the left)

Jacobo is doing his PhD in the University of Santiago de Compostela within the research group of Profs. Eugenio Vazquez and Miguel Vazquez. During his stay in Trinity College Dublin Jacobo will be studying the self-assembly processes between bipyridine based peptide ligands and lanthanide ions in aqueous medium as well as working on the photophysical investigation of tris[2] pseudorotaxane self-assembly with crown ether sliotar conjugate together with Dr. Oxana Kotova and Dr. Samuel Bradberry.

We also welcome Stephen Byrne who joined the TG group as a research scientist in July 2018, having recently completed his degree in chemistry at Trinity College Dublin. He is working on the synthesis of coordination polymers, organic polymers, and DNA intercalators together with Dr. Sankarasekaran Shanmugaraju. Before joining the TG group he worked in labs in Zürich, Kyoto, and Berlin. He will be starting his PhD in The University of Sydney in Prof. Richard J. Payne’s group in January 2019.

Oxana, Sam and Sandra take part in the 27th PhotoIUPAC conference in Dublin

PhotoIUPAC, the biennial global IUPAC conference for photochemistry, came to UCD this July (8th – 13th, 2018) and several TG members contributed throughout the week. Post-doctoral researchers Dr. Oxana Kotova and Dr. Sam Bradberry gave talks titled “Effect of Spacer Size in Chiral Luminescent Di-metallic Eu(III) Helicates” and “Supramolecular Scaffolds for Lanthanide Luminescence”, respectively, describing some of the research they have undertaken recently in the group.

PhD student Sandra Estalayo presented a poster on the Ru(II) complexes for singlet-oxygen generation work that she has been carrying out in her PhD in close collaboration with Prof. John Kelly (TCD). Working backstage, PhD students Jason Delente and Isabel Hegarty volunteered to help run the four parallel sessions throughout the week. The group were exposed to exciting and varied science from all corners of the globe, early career researchers and established names from every field of photochemistry, in what was an excellent and diverse programme of talks.

The conference, at its 27th edition, was organised by Dr. Susan Quinn of UCD and Prof. Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay from UCLA. It showcased world-class research in photochemistry with contributors from over 40 countries and was a very stimulating meeting. The 28th meeting will be held in Amsterdam in 2020. See you there, PhotoIUPAC!

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