Anna Aletti succesfully defends her PhD Thesis

The whole TG group congratulates with Anna, who succesfully defended her PhD Thesis “Anion-Templated Self-Assembly – From Anion Complexes to the Formation of Supramolecular 2D Networks”. Anna’s Thesis was examined by Prof. Steve Goldup from University of Southampton.
Anna joined the TG group at first as an exchange student, then came back and started her PhD, working on tripodal bta-urea motifs. Sadly, she also leaves the group, and for this we wish her for all the best in her future!


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New students joining the TG group!

The Gunnlaugsson Group welcomes the start of the new academic year and, with it, the arrival of new members of the group! This year, in fact two students will start their PhD projects in the TG group, Shauna Donohoe and Deirdre McAdams. For Deirdre it is a return, as she completed her final year research project in the TG group before graduating in Medicinal Chemistry in 2016. After graduating, Deirdre worked in the USA. Shauna graduated in Chemistry in Maynooth University in the group of former group member Rob Elmes. Both of them have been awarded with the Irish Research Council Scholarship and will work respectively with  Ruthenium polypyridyl complexes for  biological applications and with ligands based on 2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid and BTP motifs.

Together with Deirdre and Shauna, the TG Group welcomes Irene de la Iglesias, an Erasmus Master Student from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Irene will work on tripodal urea systems for her final research project.

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Good Work and once again welcome to the TG group!

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!

Senior sophisters join the TG group

As every year, Senior sophisters are joining the TG group in the lab for their final year projects. This year, the group welcomes Declan, Chris and Patrick. They will be working with Adam, Sachi and Dawn on projects involving BTA, BTP and Naphtalamides. Welcome and good work!


From left to right: Chris, Declan and Patrick.

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.

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.


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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