Outreach

The TG Group regularly takes part in outreach activities.

Smart Materials: Can we make a chemical computer?

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The presentation given to students as part of the School of Chemisty’s TY programme (27th February 2017) Click the image to download the presentation.

This interactive presentation, based on research by group members Samuel Bradberry and Dr Joseph Byrne, takes students on a journey from the beginnings of logic to a demonstration of a real-life chemical computer.

Sam and Joe developed the demonstration for the 200th birthday of the renowned George Boole, as part of Discover Research Dublin 2015. Members of the public learned about logic gates in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute with colour-changing Lanthanide gels, alongside artwork illustrating the life of George Boole by Irish artist Sophie Longwill. (Follow Sophie on Twitter!)

Since then, it has been adapted and presented for the last two years to students as part of the School of Chemisty’s annual TY programme. Download a sample presentation here.

⬇️️ Download: Smart Materials 2017 (PowerPoint presentation, 17 MB)
⬇️️ Download: George Boole and Logic Gates (PDF, 2 MB)
⬇️️ Download: Lanthanides and Soft Materials (PDF, 15 MB)
⬇️️ Download: Molecular Logic Gates (PDF, 15 MB)


Deirdre takes part in the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase workshop

Our first year student Deirdre co-facilitated RSC’s Spectroscopy In A Suitcase workshop to the 6th year Chemistry class at St. Paul’s College today in Raheny. The students solved a Murder Mystery while being introduced to different analytical tools including mass spectrometry, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

St Pauls

More Outreach News:

  1. Amy Lynes successfully defends her PhD Thesis November 2, 2018 - The TG group congratulates with Amy, who successfully defended her thesis, “Supramolecular soft materials and structural studies of a series of BTA and pyridine-dicarboxamide derivatives with various d-metal ions”. Amy’s thesis was examined by Prof. Jonathan Steed from Durham University. Amy’s PhD was funded by the SFI and expanded the work of the group on […]
  2. New Dalton Frontier Article on lanthanide luminescent soft-material published October 19, 2018 - Many congratulations to Oxana, Sam and Sachi, who had their invited Frontier article accepted in Dalton Transaction, “Recent advances in the development of luminescent lanthanide-based supramolecular polymers and soft materials” (Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 16377-16387. DOI:10.1039/C8DT03768J). This work reviews some of the most recent use of luminescent lanthanides ions as crosslinking moieties to generate functional soft […]
  3. Farewell, Raju! October 1, 2018 - 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 […]
  4. Niamh Murphy in Nature article on “Teen spirit in the lab” March 6, 2018 - Future chemist Niamh Murphy, a part-time student in the group, was recently featured in the journal Nature, talking about her experiences working with the TG Group while at school and preparing for university. Niamh first joined the group for a week of work experience in 2015 and has been returning during the 2017-2018 part-time, working […]
  5. Sam, Anna and Dermot teach TY students about molecular logic February 27, 2017 - As part of the School of Chemisty’s annual Transition Year (TY) programme, Sam, Anna and Dermot gave an interactive demonstration on molecular logic to a group of sixty TY students. This is the second year in a row that the group has presented on smart materials and chemical computation, in an informative lecture that covers […]
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