Postgraduate Researchers

Below are provided profiles of the postgraduate students currently studying in the TG Research Group:

Savyasachi “Sachi” AJ

IMG_4313SFI Postgraduate student (2012 – present)

M.Sc (2007), M.Phil (2009)
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

e-mail: ajsa@tcd.ie

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)

Samuel Bradberry

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SFI Postgraduate student (2012 – present)

MChem
University of Southampton, UK

e-mail: bradbers@tcd.ie

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)

Helen Burke

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IRCSET Postgraduate student (2012 – present)

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

e-mail: heburke@tcd.ie

Helen’s research is on the development of luminescent probes for carbohydrate-active enzyme activity in situ through the design of active Ln(III) complexes of novel cyclen-carbohydrate conjugates. Her research is specialised in carbohydrates and she is based in the laboratory of Dr. Eoin M. Scanlan, TCD.

Eoin McCarney

Eoin McCarney

IRC Postgraduate student (2013 – present)

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

e-mail: mccarnee@tcd.ie

Eoin’s research exploits lanthanide metal ions, which possess many unique physical properties, to drive the formation of self-assembly structures. Such synthesis using lanthanide ions that emit in the visible (e.g. europium) or the near infrared (e.g neodynium) regions will result in the formation of a variety of structures which can be employed in luminescent sensing and cellular imaging. Simply by changing the lanthanide ion to gadolinium the application of such systems can be further extended to the generation of targeting contrast agents for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Eoin’s work uses a new family of ligands based on the 2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine (btp). Formation of highly ordered materials, such as coordinating polymers, supramolecular gels and metallo-organo self-assembly polymers, will also be explored.

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Key Publications:

Dalton Transactions, 2016, 45, 10209-10221 (DOI: 10.1039/C6DT01416J)

Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 14123-14126 (DOI: 10.1039/c5cc03139g)

Bjørn La Cour Poulsen

Bjorn la Cour PoulsenIRC Postgraduate student (2013 – present)

MSc (2011)
University of Southern Denmark

e-mail: poulsenb@tcd.ie

Bjørn la Cour Poulsen started as PhD student in Gunnlaugsson’s research group in 2013 and his research exploits different biological application of ruthenium complexes and gold nanoparticles. He completed his undergraduate project concerning modified nucleic acids in the laboratory of Prof. Jesper Wengel before obtaining his master degree at University of Southern Denmark in 2011, doing his MSc project in Prof. Jan O. Jepppesen research group in the field of organic and supramolecular chemistry.

The title of his PhD project is “Functionalisation of gold nanoparticles with luminescent metal complexes for biological application in sensing, imaging and gene delivery”. His research includes development of DNA targeting agents for therapeutic and diagnostic applications particularly with respect to cancer treatment. His works involves synthetic work, cellular studies, and photophysical measurements to exploit the interactions of the complexes with DNA.

Key Publications:

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136 (17), pp 6373–6384

Anna Aletti

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School of Chemistry Postgraduate (2013 – present)

Laurea Magistrale (Master degree)
Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy

e-mail: aaletti@tcd.ie

Hi, I am Anna. I first joined the TG group in January 2013 as an Erasmus student, while studying for a Master degree in Chemistry in the University of Pavia (Italy). After 6 months of research for my final project  I had to go back to Italy to graduate under the supervision of Prof. Valeria Amendola, with a thesis on “Synthesis of Heterocycles assisted by Urea:Anion complexes”. I enjoyed so much my experience in the TG group that I decided to come back as a PhD student in April 2014. When I am not singing or dancing, I work on the development of urea-based anion receptors with the aim of making interlocked systems and self-assembled structures.

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Amy Lynes

Amy Lynes

SFI Postgraduate (2014 – present)

B.A. (Mod.) (2014)
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: lynesa@tcd.ie

Amy joined the group in September 2014, having completed her fourth year undergraduate project on Ru(II) naphthalamide-based complexes and their interaction with DNA in the group in 2013. She now works in the self-assembly area of the group, with her work focusing on the formation of gels, liquid crystals and coordination polymers based off the BTA motif.

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Elena de Calatrava Pérez

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SFI Postgraduate Scholar (2014 – present)

B.Sc. in Chemistry (2014)
Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

e-mail: decalate@tcd.ie

Elena first came to TCD as an Erasmus visiting student in 2013 after which she joined the group in September 2014. Her project is co-supervised with Prof. Eoin Scanlan and focuses on the synthesis, photophysical and biological evaluation of glycosylated naphthalimides. Their biological and photophysical changes upon enzymatic hydrolysis of the glycosyl motif are also being investigated with the aim of being developed as an enzyme probe. Glycosylated naphthalimides also present unusual self-assembly behaviours that are being studied. 

Dermot Gillen

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IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Award (2014-present)

B.A. (Mod.) (2014)
Trinity College Dublin

e-mail: gillend@tcd.ie

Dermot’s research is to develop anion-templated supramolecular structures such as catenanes. His work focuses mainly on urea-based molecules: As anion transporters this class of molecule holds promise for the treatment of diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and various cancers. As anion sensing molecules they may provide easy detection of environmental pollutants such as phosphate, among other chemicals of interest.

Sandra Estalayo Adrián

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SFI Postgraduate student (2014 – present)

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

e-mail: estalays@tcd.ie

Sandra’s research concerns novel chemicals with biomaterial applications. In particular, she is focused on Ru(II) complexes and their promising anti-cancer properties. Building on previous work by the TG group, Sandra combines her background in synthesis with a variety of analytical techniques, including photophysical studies and cell work.

Hannah Dalton

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SFI Postgraduate student (2015 – present)

B.A (mod) Medicinal Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin

email: daltonh@tcd.ie

Hannah joined the group in September 2015 having completed her final year project on the synthesis and photophysical properties of quarternised Naphthalimide derived Tröger’s Bases. The research focus of her PhD is the coordination chemistry and supramolecular self-assembly of 6-carboxy- 4-aryl-2-2′-bipyridine, and its derivatives, with d-block and lanthanide metals.

Isabel Hegarty

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BSc. Chemistry and Maths

Maynooth University 2015

e-mail: hegartyi@tcd.ie

Isabel joined the group in October 2015. Her research, which is in collaboration with Alkermes Pharmaceutical, is focused on lanthanide directed self-assembly and coordination chemistry. She is interested in developing the [2,6-bis(1,2,3- triazol-4- yl)pyridine] (btp) binding motif for the metal templated formation of functional materials such as supramolecular gels.

Bruno D’Agostino

Picture1SFI Postgraduate student (2015 – present)

Master Degree  in Organic and Bio-organic Chemistry (University Of Catania 2013)

Master in Nanotechnology for drugs delivery systems.

email: dagostib@tcd.ie

Bruno’s PhD research is concerned with the development of Langmuir Blodgett Films for biological application, towards incorportation of biologically active nanoparticles. Before starting in the TG Group he worked with Professor Purrello in porphyrin chemistry  (for his master’s degree) and with Professor Sortino in photochemistry in the master’s diploma.

Emanuele Cappello

dscn2208SFI Postgraduate Student (2016 – present)

Master Degree in Materials Chemistry
Università degli Studi di Catania, 2013

Master in Micro- and Nanosystems for Integrated Biosensors

e-mail: cappelle@tcd.ie

Emanuele joins the TG group in October 2016 as a PhD Student after working with professors Marletta and Licciardello for his Bachelor and Master final projects at University of Catania and working as an intern at the “Innovation Lab” in STMicroelectronics site of Catania with doctors Petralia and Conoci. The focus of his work will be btp-motif supramolecular aggregates.

Jason Delente

jdelentePostgraduate Student (2016 – present)

Master Degree in Fundamental and applied Chemistry
Université de Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier, France, 2016

e-mail: delentej@tcd.ie

Jason joins the TG group in October 2016 as a PhD Student after a one year ERASMUS in TCD in 2014-2015 for his 1st year of master and came back for a 6-month internship in the TG group in order to obtain his Master’s degree.