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!


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!


From left to right: Chris, Declan and Patrick.

New paper accepted in Dalton Transactions!

Many congratulations to Trinity College Dublin team Dr. Oxana Kotova, Dr. Steve Comby, Dr. Komala Pandurangan (now at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)), Dr. Floriana Stomeo (now at IPSEN Pharma), Dr. John E. O’Brien and Dr. Martin Feeney who in collaboration with Dr. Robert D. Peacock from University of Glasgow and Prof. Colin P. McCoy from Queen’s University Belfast who have had their paper entitled “The effect of the linker size in C2-symmetrical chiral ligands on the self-assembly formation of luminescent triple-stranded di-metallic Eu(III) helicates in solution” accepted in Dalton Transactions.

The article discussed the formation of chiral, luminescent [Eu2:L3] assemblies with high stability constants in solution. However, it was found that the composition of the assemblies in the solid state was more complex. The chirality of the studied systems allowed us to investigate their formation using various techniques including circular dichroism and circularly polarised luminescence spectroscopies and help their development towards materials for the applications in electronics for virtual reality applications (3D screens) and in medical diagnostic.

Graphical Abstract

The article is available online at:  https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2018/dt/c8dt02753f#!divAbstract

New additions to the TG group!

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 (on the right) and Stephen (on the left)

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[2] 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.