Congratulations Hannah for Demonstrating Prize and crystallography PR!

Third year PhD student Hannah Dalton was recently awarded the Barry-McCabe prize for demonstrating by the School of Chemistry. This prize was established by the School of Chemistry to mark the long standing contributions made to undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research by Mr. Brendan Barry and Dr. Tom McCabe. It is awarded annually to an outstanding postgraduate demonstrator of the JF Chemistry Module (CH1102) which spans aspects of organic and inorganic chemistry.

In April, Hannah received a bursary from the IUCr to attend the 16th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-Ray structure analysis, a week-long course covering theoretial and practical aspects of X-Ray structural analysis that is run every other year. She was also featured in their monthly journal.

Well done Hannah!

Two-photon bone imaging research highlighted by Chem

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Our paper “Two-Photon Luminescent Bone Imaging Using Europium Nanoagents“, published last year in Cell Press’ journal Chem, was highlighted by the journal as one of six papers from 2016 that was of particular scientific importance. Once again, congrats to Esther and Steve on their work.

Leigh’s group make headlines with Octafoil knot


X-ray crystal structure of Leigh’s 819 knot-Fe(II) complex

Leigh and coworkers have created the first example of a molecular ‘octafoil knot’, a novel topology which crosses itself eight times. The work was published in Science last week. This fascinating and beautiful discovery was quickly noticed by NewScientist magazine, who published an article on this step forward in the world of molecular knots and links. Several scientists, including Thorri Gunnlaugsson, were interviewed as part of the article.

Lanthanide Nanoagents Article Published in and Featured on the Front Cover of the New Cell Press Journal Chem


Esther’s work on the front cover of Issue 3 of Chem. Chris and Amy helped to design the cover.

Great news on the publication front as Drs Esther Surender and Steve Comby celebrate their paper titled “Two-Photon Luminescent Bone Imaging Using Europium Nanoagents” being recently published in  Chem, a new and upcoming journal from Cell Press. Not only was their work featured on the front cover of the issue, it was also picked up by several of the national broadcasters for Ireland, being reported in RTE news, the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and Silicon Republic. Congratulations to Esther and Steve on this great achievement! Thanks to all the authors of the article for their contribution. 

Esther is Profiled in Chem ‘Potential Energy’ Piece

Huge congrats to Dr. Esther Surender on her Potential Energy article published in Chem titled “Exploring New Frontiers in Medical Diagnostics through Collaboration“. This short article discusses her PhD research project which led to the teams article “Two-Photon Luminescent Bone Imaging Using Europium Nanoagents“, as well the benefits of pursing a multidisciplinary PhD.


A small portion of Esther’s profile in Chem

Chris and Amy appear in The Irish Times

Chris and Amy from the group recently appeared in The Irish Times national newspaper as part of a feature article on an imagery competition, held in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), to showcase the variety of research that is currently being carried out within the institute. This competition was part of the 5th anniversary celebrations of TBSI. The composite image made by Chris and Amy was based on soon to be published work on liquid crystal tricarboxamide derivatives developed by the pair, with one of the images used obtained in collaboration with the Pal Group in Durham University. Their contribution is now on show in the foyer of TBSI.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Prof. Gunnlaugsson, Prof. Clive Lee, and Dr. Esther Surender were recently interviewed about their upcoming publication on bone diagnostics, which is to be featured in the Cell Press journal Chem.
Thanks to all for their input and effort throughout the day. Great to see our press release and video were picked up by several broadcasters in Ireland and abroad, including the RTE news, the Irish Independent and Irish Examiner.

Attention! Filming in Progress in TG Lab

Trinity College Dublin receive four nominations for the ‘Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards’, which is funded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Irish Universities Association (IUA).

The Gunnlaugsson research group were selected in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) to have their research lab filmed in order to promote the awarding of the nominations to College. Several PhD students and post-doctoral fellows were filmed while actively carrying out synthetic and analytical work.

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards


TG Group host annual School of Chemistry Transition Year Programme

Between the 29th February and 4th of March, the TG group facilitated the Transistion Year (TY) outreach programme in Trinity. Each year the School of Chemistry invites TY high school students to visit the school to learn about the scientific research conducted in our laboratories.

On the Monday and Tuesday of the week long programme, one of our PhD students, Anna, was involved in demonstrating various practical laboratory experiments in the Cocker Lab, Trinity, such as, for example, the preparation of soap, the analysis of water hardness and the synthesis of Aspirin . They were then accompanied on a visit of the TG research lab on Wednesday where they engaged with post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Joe Byrne, who guided them through the research process, from synthesis to publication of scientific articles.



Sam and Joe presenting to TY students



On Thursday morning, Joe and PhD student, Sam, shared their work on molecular logic gates, recently published in Chemical Communications: DOI: 10.1039/C5CC05009J. They also gave a lecture on smart materials and chemical computation, which included the historical stories of the science behind logic and molecular logic in Ireland, ranging from the works of George Boole in Cork to A.P. de Silva in Belfast, to the most recent work from our own group. The students learned about molecular logic, lanthanides and soft materials, getting hands-on experience with real materials from our laboratory.

Students from Sion Hill, Blackrock

Students from Sion Hill, Blackrock

On Friday 4th March two classes from the Sion Hill school in Blackrock came to visit our laboratories and were taken on a guided tour of the facilities in TBSI by post-doctoral researcher Dr. Emma Veale, and PhD students, Amy, Dermot and Eoin followed by an interactive demonstration with Sam and Joe.

After the visit the students we had lunch together and the students had the opportunity to ask questions about research, science and future career.
Any other School interested in Chemistry outreach programs can contact Dr. Noelle Scully in the School of Chemistry, TCD.

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Students chatting with TG Group over lunch

Students chatting with TG Group over lunch