TG group getting even bigger!

New week, new academic year, newcomers to the TG Group!
After Maite and Tómas, the new year brings four more people to the group! Amrutha, Caoimhe and Ellen are Senior Sophisters from TCD who will work on their final year research project in the group, which will be focused, respectively on Naphtalene Diimides-based supramolecular polymers, Boronic Acid-functionalized Troger’s Base systems, and Troger’s Base/DNA interactions.


From left to right: Caimhe, Ellen and Amrutha

At the same time, Laura Ramírez Lázaro will join the group as an Erasmus student for her last year from the Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. She will work on a project shared with prof. Eoin Scanlan, focused on glycosilated Naphtalimides while attending the regular courses in TCD.


Laura Ramírez Lázaro

Welcome aboard and good work girls!

New people join the TG group

The TG group welcomes its two latest additions, Tómas Arnar Guðmundsson and Alisa-Maite Kauth!
Tomas is joining the group for his PhD after attaining his BSc from the University of Iceland in Reykjavík and his main project will be focused  benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) structures.
Maite is a transfer student from University of Münster, where she attained her BSc and is working on her Master. She will be working on Tröger’s Base-derived Macrocylces in combination with Azobenzenes functionalization.

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Welcome and good work guys!

Farewell Elley!

The TG group gets together wishing all the best to Elley, as after a very short time together, it’s already time to say goodbye to her!
We hope all the best for her future and that her short time here was fulfilling both scientifically and personally.
Good luck for everything!

Another addition to the TG Group!

After Elley and Adrian, another visiting student enters the TG group. Today is Philip Böbel joining, a student from the RWTH University in Aachen where he’s doing a three year vocational training to become a chemical laboratory technician, which will end in january 2020.
Philip is joining the group briefly through the Erasmus+ program in order to improve his understanding of organic synthesis, focusing on the synthesis of luminescent systems able to interact with DNA strands.  

Welcome aboard Phil!

Welcome to the TG Group

The TG Group Welcomes two visiting PhD Students, Elley and Adrian!
Elizabeth Rudebeck, or Elley for short, comes from Deakin University in Australia and is currently in the 3rd year of her PhD program under Prof Fred Pfeffer. Her project is focused on the synthesis and evaluation of substituted 1,8-naphthalimides. During her time with the Gunnlaugsson will be working on a project that involves 1,8-naphthalimide based catechols for ion recognition.
Adrian Aura Sanmartin comes from the is also in the third year of his PhD project at the Universidad de Murcia in the group of Prof Berna. His work is focused on the synthesis and funciontality of mechanically interlocked molecules, with remarkable interest in rotaxanes.


Welcome to both and good work!

Congratulations Doctors!

On the occasion of the Summer Commencements for the College, Dermot, Sandra and Elena have been conferred for their PhD degrees, becoming Dr. Dermot Gillen, Dr. Sandra Estalayo and Dr. Elena de Calatrava Perez!
This achievement represents the final milestone of their PhD courses, which led them to their theses as well, respectively titled “Solution-state Anion Binding Studies of Urea- and Amide-based Hydrogen-bonding Receptors for the Design of Supramolecular Assemblies“, “Photophysical and Biological Profiling of Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complex-based Systems” and “The Synthesis, Photophysical and Biological valuation of Glycosylated Naphthalimides for Medicinal and Material Applications”, works extremely valuable for the TG group.

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The whole group congratulates the newly appointed doctors and wishes all the best for their future careers and lives. Great job!

Goodbye Irene!

The TG group wishes all the best to Irene de la Iglesia del Pino, who leaves the group after almost 9 months with us. Over these months as Erasmus student, she worked, for her Bachelor thesis on a project titled “Synthesis of multi(thio)urea compounds and their supramolecular chemistry”, which continues from the ideas and achievements of Dr. Anna Aletti and  Dr. Dermot Gillen (almost officially).

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Irene will now go back to sunny Spain, where she will complete her Bachelor degree at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Once again we want to thank Irene for being part of the group this year and we wish her all the best for her future. Farewell, Irene!

Jason and Emanuele present their works at the Third Year Talks

UCD hosted the annual third year talks on Tuesday 28th May, so Jason and Emanuele had the chance of presenting their work. The event, sponsored by Eli Lilly, involved a total 42 students from TCD, UCD and DIT who presented their research in the Health Science Centre of the UCD campus.

Jason, who was assigned in the first morning session in the Coordination Chemistry, talked about his studies on terpyridine-based systems aggregation and emission properties, while Emanuele gave a quick talk about the properties of his tripodal BTA-based systems.

We want to congratulate with all the students that partecipated and gave interesting talks, starting from Jason and Emanuele!

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Dr. Anna Aletti and Dr. Amy Lynes Graduate

As part of the Spring Commencements at Trinity College Dublin, two students from the TG group were conferred their PhD degrees in the Public Theatre: Anna Aletti and Amy Lynes, who are now Dr. Aletti and Dr. Lynes! Their theses, titled “Anion-Templated Self-Assembly – From Anion Complexes to the Formation of Supramolecular 2D Networks” and “Supramolecular soft materials and structural studies of a series of BTA and pyridine-dicarboxamide derivatives with various d-metal ions”, respectively, have been a great contribution to the TG group research.

We wish to congratulate them for this brilliant achievement, hoping that it will be a stepping stone for long and successful careers in chemistry! Well done!

New Paper on Dalton Transactions!

Many congratulations to Hannah, Amy and Chris ( on their paper that has been accepted for publication in Dalton Transactions, entitled: “Exploring the reversible host–guest chemistry of a crystalline octanuclear Ag(I) metallosupramolecular macrocycle formed from a simple pyrazinylpyridine ligand”. This exciting work was developed by Hannah and Chris in collaboration with Brendan Twamley, Kevin Byrne and Wolfgang Schmitt (Dalton Trans. DOI:10.1039/c8dt04583f). This highly novel work focusses on the use of some 2-(2′-pyrazinyl)pyridine based building blocks, that we have been developing in the TG laboratory and their coordination chemistry with Cu(II) and Ag(I) ions. This has lead to the discovery of metallosupramolecular architectures that have some surprising complexity; some of these systems (the metallosupramolecular macrocycles) being employed in this Dalton contribution for carrying out solvent exchange in a single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation as demonstrated in the figure below.

Crystal to Crystal Hannah Dalton Trans

Well done and special congratulations for Hannah for her first “Dalton on Dalton” paper!