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 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. Adam Henwood

Adam website

SFI Postdoctoral Researcher (2017 – present)

PhD in Chemistry, University of St Andrews (2017)

MSc, Durham University (2013)


Having completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Eli Zysman-Colman. Adam previously completed a Masters at Durham University in the group of Gareth Williams. His experience in the photophysics of iridium and platinum complexes, and spin coated devices makes him a great addition to the group.

Key Publications:
Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 807-826. (DOI: 10.1039/C6CC06729H)
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 3726-3737. (DOI: 10.1039/C6TC00151C)
Faraday Discuss., 2014,174, 165-182. (DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00107A)
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 9638-9650. (DOI: 10.1039/C7TC03110F )

Dr. Tumpa Gorai

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Post-Doctoral researcher, Trinity College Dublin (2019– 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:
ACS Sens. 2016, 1, 934. (DOI:10.1021/acssensors.6b00341.)
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, 6, 2143. (DOI:10.1039/C7TB02657A)
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 10730. (DOI:10.1002/anie.201704738)

Dr. Sandra Estalayo Adrián


Post-Doctoral researcher, Trinity College Dublin             (2019– present)

SFI Postgraduate student (2014 – 2019)

Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry (2014)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


Sandra’s research focuses on the development of new Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes for their use in biological applications (e.g. DNA photoprobes, cellular imaging agents and/or light-activated anticancer candidates). More recently, she started working on the synthesis and characterisation of engineered and printable soft-materials. Building on previous work carried out by the TG group, Sandra combines her background in organic synthesis with a variety of analytical techniques, including photophysical and photochemical investigations and cellular studies.

Key publications:
1. Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 18208-18220. (DOI:10.1039/C6DT03792E)


Recent Former Postdoctoral Researchers:

Dr. Chris Hawes (Keele)
Dr. Salvador Blasco
Dr. Gearoid O’Maille
Dr. Jonathan Kitchen
Dr Fergus Poynton
Dr. Niamh Murray