TG group getting even bigger!

New week, new academic year, newcomers to the TG Group!
After Maite and Tómas, the new year brings four more people to the group! Amrutha, Caoimhe and Ellen are Senior Sophisters from TCD who will work on their final year research project in the group, which will be focused, respectively on Naphtalene Diimides-based supramolecular polymers, Boronic Acid-functionalized Troger’s Base systems, and Troger’s Base/DNA interactions.


From left to right: Caimhe, Ellen and Amrutha

At the same time, Laura Ramírez Lázaro will join the group as an Erasmus student for her last year from the Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. She will work on a project shared with prof. Eoin Scanlan, focused on glycosilated Naphtalimides while attending the regular courses in TCD.


Laura Ramírez Lázaro

Welcome aboard and good work girls!

Anna’s Paper featured JOC webpage

It is an incredible time of the year for Doctor Anna Aletti! After her graduation ceremony, in fact, we are delighted to report another great news about her. Anna’s paper, published on the Journal of Organic Chemistry  (J. Org. Chem., 2019, 84 (7), pp 4221–4228; DOI:10.1021/acs.joc.9b00219) was featured on their webpage. The work, entitled “Halide-Controlled Extending–Shrinking Motion of a Covalent Cage” was a collaborative project that was headed up by Anna’s former mentor at Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia, Professor Valeria Amendola and was part of Anna’s PhD thesis here in TCD.

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Way to go Anna, once again, congratulations!

Thorri, Bruno and Emanuele attending the “Italian Research Day 2019 //Everyday chemistry”

Thorri, Bruno and Emanuele will attend the “Italian Research Day 2019” event organized by the Italian Instistute of Culture and sponsored by Darta Savings, giving short talks about how chemistry is important in everyday life.


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The event, which will take place in the IIC, will be open to the public and will be on Tuesday 9th of April. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Dermot Gillen succesfully defends his PhD Thesis

Just one day after Sandra’s viva, the group once again congratulates Dermot for defending his PhD thesis, titled “Solution-state Anion Binding Studies of Urea- and Amide-based Hydrogen-bonding Receptors for the Design of Supramolecular Assemblies“, which was examinated by Prof. Scott Cockroft from the University of Edinburgh.
Dermot’s has been an very long-term part of the TG Group, joining at first for a Summer Project and then returning for his PhD, which was funded by the Irish Research Council. After the conclusion of the examination, Dermot joined Thorri and Prof. Cockroft for lunch, as per custom of the group and afterwards they returned to the TBSI where the group awaited for a small celebration.
The group wholeheartedly wishes Dermot best of luck for his future, which we are sure will be shining and full of achievements. All the best!

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Sandra Estalayo defends her PhD Thesis succesfully

The whole TG group congratulates Sandra, who successfully defended her PhD Thesis “Photophysical and Biological Profiling of Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complex-based Systems”. Sandra’s Thesis was examined by Prof. Gilles Gasser of ParisTech, Paris Science and Letters (PSL), University of Paris.
Sandra was a joint PhD student of Thorri and Prof. John Kelly and she worked on the Ruthenium complexes that title her thesis and their effects on biological systems.
After the Viva was finished, Sandra, Thorri and Prof. Gasser went to lunch together as usal for the group, then the group had a small celebration party together.
The group wishes Sandra, who now returns to sunny Spain, all the best for her future!

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Elena successfully defends her PhD Thesis

Many congratulations to Elena De Calatrava Pérez, who successfully defended her PhD
thesis titled “The Synthesis, Photophysical and Biological Evaluation of Glycosylated
Naphthalimides for Medicinal and Material Applications”. Elena was a joint PhD student of Thorri and his close collaborator Prof. Eoin Scanlan; her work was examined by Prof. John Callan, The Norbrook Chair in Pharmaceutical Science, from the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science at Ulster University. and prof. Mike Southern as the internal examiner. It was a great occasion, which was followed by a lunch in one of our
favourite restaurants, Pig’s Ear, and a small celebration in TBSI. Elena is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in St. James’s Hospital here in Dublin.

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Elena’s PhD was funded by the SFI and focused on the development of novel glycosylated naphthalimide structures and their application in both medicinal and material chemistry. A large part of her work focused on the use of high-resolution imaging, which was carried out in collaboration with several members of the TG group as well as in close collaboration with Dr Gavin McManus from the School of Biochemistry and Immunology here at TCD. Some of her work has been published in the RSC journals Chem Commun and most recently in the OBC. We all at TG group wish Dr De Calatrava Pérez best of luck for her future!

Welcome back Isabel!

Isabel has returned to the group following a three month internship at Alkermes Biopharmaceutical. During the internship Isabel worked as part of the R&D Formulations department, developing formulations for new oral dose drug substances, which allowed her to get experience in early stage formulation development through to scale-up, as well as investigating the potential for  PAT (Process Analytical Technology), in the form of various spectroscopic techniques, with a view to inline process monitoring. This opportunity was made possible due to a collaboration with Tarek Zeidan (Alkermes, Waltham) on Isabel’s PhD project over the last three years. This experience will greatly benefit Isabel as well as the wider Gunnlaugsson group.

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