Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Oxana Kotova


SFI Post-Doctoral Researcher (2011 – present)

IRCSET Post-Doctoral Fellow (2009 – 2011)

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia


Oxana’s research interests are in the self-assembly systems and f-metal coordination sub-group which she coordinates. Her research focuses heavily on materials development of lanthanide-containing soft matter in the design of novel chiral gelators as well as discrete complex design.

Prior to joining the group Oxana held positions at Moscow State University and the P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute. As well as short-term scientific missions in Belgium, Sweden and Germany.

Key Publications:

Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 457-471 (DOI: 10.1039/c4sc02474e)

Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19 (48), 16181-16186 (DOI: 10.1002/chem.201303660)

ACS Nano, 2013, 7 (6), 4838–4845 (DOI: 10.1021/nn305813y); Irish Times article; TCD News article

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 7208–7212 (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201201506)

Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 6810-6812 (DOI: 10.1039/C1CC11810B)

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Dr Emma Veale

                                                SFI Postdoctoral Research Fellow

                                                  PhDEmma_profile_website                                                   (University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin)

                                                        B.Sc.                                                      (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)



Emma’s research interests are in the development of novel molecules as sensors for biologically relevant ions, as drug delivery agents, as potential anticancer and DNA binding agents.

Key Publications:

Org. Chem., 2008, 73, 8073-7076. (DOI:10.1021/jo8012594)

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2009, 7, 3447-3454.( DOI: 10.1039/B907037K)

Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 4040-4043. (DOI: 10.1021/ol9013602)

Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 5513-5525. (DOI: 10.1021/jo1005697)

Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 1601-1618. (DOI: 10.1039/c2cs35467e)

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2014, 12, 6610-6623. (DOI: 10.1039/C3OB42213E)


Dr Sankarasekaran Shanmugaraju


Irish Research Council Post-Doctoral Researcher (2014- present)

PhD (2012)
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

BSc, MSc (2005, 2007)
American College, Madurai


Hi, I am Shanmugaraju, received my bachelor and master in Chemistry from The American College, Madurai in 2005 and 2007, respectively. From August 2007 to July 2012, I was working for my PhD at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in the group of Prof. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee where my principal research concerns “Self-assembly of functional supramolecular architectures via metal-ligand coordination”. After working as an “Institute Research Associate” in the same research group since August 2012, I then joined as Irish Research council (IRC) postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson in January 2014 at Trinity College Dublin. My current research at TCD focuses on “Novel supramolecular metallamacrocycles and self-assembly polymers possessing ‘shape-selective’ 90° building blocks as luminescent host and sensors”. My Ph.D. thesis was awarded Prof. S. Soundarajan Best Thesis Award (Gold medal) and also selected for prestigious Newton international postdoctoral fellowship-2013.

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Dr Chris Hawes

chrisPostdoctoral Fellow (2015 – present)

Postdoctoral Researcher (2012-2015)
Monash University, Victoria, Australia

BSc(hons), PhD in Chemistry (2008, 2012)
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


Chris completed his PhD at the University of Canterbury in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Paul Kruger in the field of metallo-supramolecular chemistry with a focus on the synthesis of new heterocyclic ligand systems. Following his PhD work, he worked under the supervision of Dr David Turner and Professor Stuart Batten at Monash University on a Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) supported project investigating porous crystalline materials for industrial CO2 capture applications. His research interests are in the fields of porous materials, coordination chemistry, crystallography and crystal engineering with a focus towards anion sensing applications in metallosupramolecular systems.

Key Publications:

Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 6692-6702 (DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b00933)

Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 17494-17507 (DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02323H)

Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 16450-16458 (DOI: 10.1039/C4DT02428A)

Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 3735-3737 (DOI: 10.1039/C4CC00933A)

Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 11558-11560 (DOI: 10.1039/C2CC37453F)

Dr Dawn Barry

work profile picPost-Doctoral researcher (2015 – present)

PhD in Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin (2014)

BSc in Medicinal Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin (2008)


After receiving a gold medal for her BSc in Medicinal Chemistry in 2008, Dr. Barry took some time out to travel before returning to Dublin to carry out a PhD under the direction of Prof. Gunnlaugsson in the area of ‘Lanthanide-directed self-assembly formations from novel dipicolinic acid derivatives’. Currently, she is working as a post-doctoral researcher involved in the development of [2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine] self-assembly systems and coordination networks.


Dr Fergus Poynton


SFI Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016 – present)

IRCSET Postgraduate student (2011 – 2016)

B.A. (Mod.) Chemistry
Trinity College, Dublin


Fergus’ research focuses on Ru(II) …  His research is closely collaborative with members of Prof. Clive D. Williams research group (Biochemistry, TCD), Prof. John M. Kelly (Chemistry, TCD) and frequently visits advanced experimental facilities at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, UK.

Key Publications:

Nature Chemistry, 2015, 7,961–967   DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2369

Dr Esther Surender

Dr Esther SurenderSFI Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016 – present)

IRCSET Postgraduate student (2011 – 2016)

Queen’s University, Belfast



Esther’s research focuses on Ln(III)-cyclen complexes for luminescent and resonance imaging applications – with key focus in bone crack imaging. Her research also involves investigation of Ln(III)-Cyclen AuNP conjugates.

Key Publications:
Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53 (4), pp 1867–1879 (DOI: 10.1021/ic4023568)

Chem, 2016, 1, 438–455 (DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2016.08.011)

Chem, 2016, 1, 339–341 (DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2016.08.020)

Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 10858-10861 (DOI: 10.1039/C6CC03092K)

Dr Gearóid O’Maille

img_3103IRC Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow (2014 – present)

The University of Dublin, Trinity College (2016 – present)
The University of Oxford (2014 – 2016)
SFI Postdoctoral Researcher (2013 – 2014)
The University of Dublin, Trinity College
Ph.D. in Chemistry (2013)
The University of Dublin, Trinity College
B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry (2007)
The National University of Ireland, Galway
Gearóid carried out his Ph.D. studies on the coordination properties of polyphenyl ligands and molecular switches under the supervision of Prof. Sylvia Draper (TCD). Since 2014 he has been an IRC Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow, initially working under the supervision of Prof. Steve Faulkner (the University of Oxford) on the chemistry and photophysical properties of macrocyclic lanthanide compounds, before joining the Gunnlaugsson group to continue studying lanthanide chemistry and supramolecular systems.