The TG group welcomes new Postdoc Adam

Adam Henwood recently joined the TG group as a postdoctoral researcher, after having completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Eli Zysman-Colman. Adam previously completed a Masters at Durham University in the group of Gareth Williams. His experience in the photophysics of iridium and platinum complexes, and spin coated devices makes him a great addition to the group. Welcome Adam!

Alkermes visit the TG Group

The TG group had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the biopharmaceutical company Alkermes earlier today. A fast-paced morning of talks were held in TBSI, where postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers alike presented their work to the company. This was followed by a lunch and poster session at which much fruitful discussion took place. The group included Tarek Zeidan, Principal Scientist at the company, who works in collaboration with second year group member Isabel Hegarty.

Sam Bradberry successfully defends his PhD thesis

IMAG3236Congratulations to Sam Bradberry, who today successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled Design and development of novel self-assembled luminescent lanthanide complexes in solution and in responsive soft materials.

The four year research project was carried out in collaboration with Dr Amir Khan of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TCD and Prof. Colin McCoy of Queens University Belfast. Sam’s work has been published in several journals including Chemical Communications and Faraday Discussions. After the viva, Sam joined the rest of the TG group for a celebratory reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.

 

Eoin McCarney attends the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting

Fourth year PhD student Eoin McCarney is just back from an exciting week at the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, which was dedicated this year to chemistry. The annual conference brings together a diverse mix of undergraduates, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, lecturers and of course, Nobel laureates – all to the island of Lindau just off the eastern shores of Lake Constance.

Highlights of the meeting included informal discussion sessions at which Eoin had the opportunity to ask Professors Ben Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage about their views on science, education and policy. The two laureates won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.”

Eoin’s attendance at the Lindau meeting was sponsored by the Irish Research Council, who presented him with an award last month in recognition of his achievements.

Isabel wins a poster prize at Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland 2017 at Maynooth

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The Gunnlaugsson Group attended the Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland (SCI 2017) conference in Maynooth University yesterday. The conference, organised by former group member Dr Rob Elmes, brought together an array of international speakers for a jam-packed day of lectures and short talks.

Several members of the group presented their work at the poster session, with second year PhD student Hannah Dalton giving a flash talk on “Metallosupramolecular assemblies of a family of N,N,Oterdentate ligands”, work which was recently published in Crystal Growth and Design.

Many congratulations to Isabel Hegarty, who beat a tough field to win the prize for best poster, for her poster entitled “Lanthanide Directed Self-Assembly of a Series of btp Derivatives”

Bjørn speaks at the 2017 TBSI Postdoctoral Research Day

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Bjørn la Cour Poulsen, a final year PhD student in the TG group, presented a talk about the biological applications of ruthenium complexes at the Postdoctoral Research Day, which took place Friday in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI). His talk, entitled “Spectroscopic studies of the binding of ruthenium complexes to DNA” covered his work concerning synthesis of a new class of ruthenium (II) complexes and their interactions with DNA as well as their anticancer activity.
Chris and Oxana also presented their work at the poster session, in what was an exciting and engaging day which highlighted the breadth of research in TBSI.