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)

LinkedIn |  ResearchGate | Google Scholar | ResarcherID |


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. Tumpa Gorai

Tumpa Website Photo.JPG

Post-Doctoral researcher, Trinity College Dublin (2018– present)

Post-Doctoral fellow, Pohang University of Science and Technology (2017-April, 2019)

PhD (2016) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

MSc (2011) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur


Tumpa joined Prof. Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson’s group as an Irish research council
postdoctoral fellow in October 2019. 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
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and her thesis title was “Lanthanide based hydrogels in sensing, energy transfer, and nanoparticle synthesis”.


Key publications:
1. ACS Sens. 2016, 1, 934. (DOI:10.1021/acssensors.6b00341.)
2. J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, 6, 2143. (DOI:10.1039/C7TB02657A)
3. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 10730. (DOI:10.1002/anie.201704738)

Dr. Adam Henwood

SFI Postdoctoral Researcher (2017 – present)

Dr. Niamh Murray

SFI Postdoctoral Researcher (2017 – present)

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


Recent Former Postdoctoral Researchers:

Dr. Chris Hawes (Keele)
Dr. Salvador Blasco
Dr. Gearoid O’Maille
Dr. Jonathan Kitchen