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 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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Key Publications:

 Chem. Commun., 2018, DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01584H
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2017, 5, 25014-25024. DOI: 10.1039/C7TA07292A
Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 1535 – 1546. DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04367D
Chem. Commun, 2017, 53, 12512-12515. DOI:  10.1039/c7cc07333j
Chem, 2017, 3, 764-811.    DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2017.10.006
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 7321-7329.   DOI: 10.1039/C7OB01835E


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. Savyasachi “Sachi” AJ

IMG_4313SFI Postdoctoral researcher (2017 – present)

M.Sc (2007, IIS-Bangalore), M.Phil (2009, IIS-Bangalore), PhD (2017, TCD)

Savyasachi A J (“Sachi”) is currently a PhD student in Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson’s group. After finishing Master of Science (M.Sc) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degrees in India, he was working with Prof. Uday Maitra in Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researching self-assembly of bile acids and the formation of gels.

In 2012 Sachi joined as a PhD student in Prof. Gunnlaugsson’s group and is now working on the self-assembly of tripodal molecules. Additionally, his research work also involves the development of the soft materials like gels and the discovery new class of micro particles. Sachi’s expertise involve the self-assembly studies using different spectrophotometric techniques and exploration of micro particles utilising electron microscopic techniques.

Key Publications:

Coordination Chemistry Reviews 273–274 (2014) 226–241 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2014.03.023)

Dr. Samuel Bradberry

SFI Postdoctoral Researcher (2017 – present)

MChem (2012, S’oton, UK), PhD (2017, TCD)

Sam’s research focus is on f-metal complex self-assembly for the development of probes, sensors, novel responsive materials and devices through the design of functional ligands capable of sensitizing lanthanide-centred emission by indirect excitation.

Key Publications:

Coordination Chemistry Reviews 273–274 (2014) 226–241 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2014.03.023)

Chemical Communications, 2015,51, 16565-16568    (DOI: 10.1039/C5CC05009J)

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