Amy Lynes successfully defends her PhD Thesis

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 BTA motif-based molecules which resulted in several paper, the most recent a ChemmCommun. We all at TG group wish together Amy best of luck for her future and whatever it will have in store for her!

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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 Dalton Frontier Article on lanthanide luminescent soft-material published

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 materials, giving the readership of Dalton a fantastic inside into this fast-growing area of material research.

Oxana, Sam Sachi

A visit from Prof. Guillermo Orellana to the TG group and School of Chemistry

Prof. Guillermo Orellana (or Willie), from the Departamento de Química Orgánica (School of Organic Chemistry), Universidad Complutense de Madrid visited the School of Chemistry on the 11th of October and gave a lecture in the School Seminar Series entitled “Solving industrial monitoring needs with Ru(II) polypyridyl-based luminescent chemical sensors“. Guillermo is well known to the School, having in the past collaborated with his (and ours) good friend Prof. John M. Kelly. He has also collaborated with Sandra Estalayo in the last few years (in the picture with Thorri and Guillermo) a final year PhD student (and close collaborator of Prof. Kelly), who has on several occasions visited Guillermo’s laboratory in Madrid to carry out various phtophyiscal measurements on the Ru(II) complexes she developed as DNA probes and for cellular imaging purposes. Guillermo gave a fantastic lecture on the application of his Ru(II) systems to the School, after which he had a meeting with Thorri and John Kelly, where Sandra, Elena, Sachi, as well as Oxana and Adam presented some of their latest results and publications.

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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!

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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!

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From left to right: Chris, Declan and Patrick.