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.

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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.

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Elena attends the International Carbohydrate Symposium in Lisbon

The 29th International Carbohydrate Symposium was held from the 15th to the 19th of July at Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL) in Portugal. Representing the TG group, PhD student Elena de Calatrava Perez attended the important event, presenting her poster titled “Glycosidase Activated Release of Fluorescent 1,8-Naphthlimide as Imaging Probes and Drug Delivery Systems” which summarize one of her PhD Projects.

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Elena and her poster at the conference

The symposium hosted over a hundred talks regarding all the fields carbohydrates chemistry is involved in and will be back for its 30th edition in 2020 in Shanghai.

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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Elena presents at the 70th Chemistry Research Colloquium at Queen’s University, Belfast.

On Friday 22nd June, Elena represented the Organic Chemistry Department of TCD at the annual Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium at Queen’s University of Belfast, with a talk on the development of glycosylated naphthalimides as prodrugs for medicinal applications. The Colloquium, in its 70th edition, started on Thursday 21st, and highlighted the outstanding research conducted by the best young chemists at third level institutions across Ireland, involving more than 60 students between posters and oral presentations.
Great Job Elena!

Elena Colloquium 2018

Adam’s work featured by ACS C&EN “Chemistry in Pictures

Many congratulations to Adam, who submitted his photo showing aggregation induced emission from naphthalimide compounds to C&EN’s long running “Chemistry in Pictures” series. They have featured it in their latest online edition, and his photo will be entered into the competition for best picture of the month!

The picture and a short description are available to view on the C&EN website. https://cen.acs.org/synthesis/Chemistry-Pictures-Water-down-turn/96/web/2018/05

Adam is a post-doctoral researcher who joined the TG Group last year having completed his PhD at the University of St. Andrews.

Dr Savyasachi “Sachi” AJ, Dr Eoin McCarney and Dr Bjorn la Cour Poulsen graduate!

As part of the Spring Commencements at Trinity College Dublin, three students conferred their PhD degrees in the Public Theatre: Sachi, Eoin and Bjorn are officially Doctors of Philosophy in Chemistry!

Their contribution to the TG Group has been greatly valuable over the past four years and has led to their theses, Luminescent Self-assembled Supramolecular Polymers and Microspheres based on Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide Derivatives” for Sachi“Templated synthesis of novel molecules and materials using 1,4-disubstituted-1,2,3-triazole supramolecular building blocks” for Eoin and “Ruthenium Polypyridyl Complexes for Biological Applications in Imaging and as Anti-Cancer Agents” for Bjorn! We all want to congratulate them for this great achievement, and wish them the best of luck for all the ones to come. Great job lads, real kings material!

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Isabel presents for ChemSem seminar series at TCD

Isabel presented the work she has been doing so far in her PhD at the School of Chemistry seminar series “ChemSem”, a series that showcases the work of PhD and post-doctoral researchers within the School and encourages interactions between the students, staff and groups.

Her talk was titled “An exploration of the interactions of btp and tzpa with d- and -f-block metals” and discussed two ligands she has developed strongly in the group along with Dr. Dawn Barry and Dr. Joe Byrne (now UBern).

In addition, Isabel interacts with Alkermes Inc., a pharamaceutical company that focuses on CNS disorders, through Dr. Tarek Zeidan (Alkermes, MA) and will soon be spending time with them at their site in Athlone.