The TG group would like to welcome back Patrick Manning! Patrick underwent his Senior Sophister project with the group and is returning as our newest PhD student after attaining his B.A in Trinity College Dublin. His research will primarily focus on 2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine (BTP) structures.
Welcome back to one of our former students Dr. Sandra Estalayo Adrián. Having recieved her PhD earlier this year Sandra has returned as our newest Postdoctoral researcher. Sandra’s combined background in organic synthesis with a variety of analytical techniques, including photophysical and photochemical investigations and cellular studies makes her an incredibly versatile chemist.
The TG group would like to welcome our newest postdoctoral researcher Tumpa Gorai! Tumpa has joined the research group as an Irish research council postdoctoral fellow. Her research interest is in the area of chiral luminescent lanthanide-based functional materials. Before joining the group she was a postdoctoral researcher in Pohang University of Science and Technology, working in the area of the artificial cell. She obtained her PhD in the area of supramolecular chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Uday Maitra from the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, her thesis title was “Lanthanide based hydrogels in sensing, energy transfer, and nanoparticle synthesis”.
The TG group welcomes Jonas Rickhoff, a visiting student from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Jonas will stay to work on a three-months project focused on Trögers base-derived macrocycles and azobenzene-functionalised Trögers bases for photoswitching and chemosensor applications.
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 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 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.
The TG group welcomes new Erasmus student Niklas Klangwart from Philipps-Universität Marburg who will be working on the synthesis of tripodal molecules with us here in Dublin during the next three months.
We also welcome our Senior Sophister students from TCD Chemistry: Heather Glover, Mairéad O’Doherty and Issac Irein Oluwatobi; they join us to complete their 4th year projects working on the synthesis of novel Tröger’s bases and ‘click’ ligands for lanthanide luminescence. Good luck to all!
June Lovitt, whocompleted her Masters project in the TG group last year, has rejoined us as a PhD student. June, along with Chris and Amy, published a paper in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers in December.
June returns after completing her MChem in Chemistry at University of Southampton, where she worked with TG group former post-doctoral researcher Dr. Jonathan Kitchen. She will continue and expand her work on naphthalimide and [2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol- 4-py)pyridine] (btp) motifs for metal templated formation of functional materials such as supramolecular gels.
Welcome back June!
The TG Supramolecular and Medicinal Chemistry Research Group is based in the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin and is at the cutting edge of research into supramolecular structures, sensor design and materials development. The principal investigator is Professor Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson.
The TG Group is housed in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), as part of the School of Chemistry. The School is divided between several institutes on and near the main campus, such as the Chemistry Building, the Sami Nasr Institute of Advanced Materials (SNIAM), the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) and TBSI (Map).
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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!