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!

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Dermot leads outreach activities with the Royal Society of Chemistry

This month, TG group member Dermot Gillen has been bringing the RSC’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme to schools across Dublin in association with the School of Chemistry, TCD. 5th and 6th year chemistry students at St Aidens CBS in Whitehall, Presentation Community College in Terenure and Old Bawn Community School in Tallaght got hands-on experience with IR and UV-visible spectrometers, as part of a murder mystery puzzle.

Outreach activities form an important part of the ethos of the TG group, and first-year PhD students Deirdre and Shauna are continuing the tradition. You can read all about the SIAS workshop in one of our earlier posts!

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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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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New Dalton Frontier Article on lanthanide luminescent soft-material published

Many congratulations to Oxana, Sam and Sachi, who had their invited Frontier article accepted in Dalton Transaction, “Recent advances in the development of luminescent lanthanide-based supramolecular polymers and soft materials” (Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 16377-16387. DOI:10.1039/C8DT03768J). This work reviews some of the most recent use of luminescent lanthanides ions as crosslinking moieties to generate functional soft materials, giving the readership of Dalton a fantastic inside into this fast-growing area of material research.

Oxana, Sam Sachi

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!

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