Congratulations to Dr Fergus Poynton, who was formally presented with the RIA Young Chemist Prize today. The prize is awarded annually by the Royal Irish Academy for the most outstanding chemistry thesis in Ireland.
John Kelly, Fergus Poynton and Thorri Gunnlaugsson
Pat Guiry presenting Fergus with his award
Members of the TG group at the reception
Fergus won the prize in March for his thesis “Spectroscopic Investigations into the Excited-State Processes and Reactivity of Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complexes”, he has since won one of the five IUPAC-Solvay International Awards for Young Chemists, and will receive the prize at the 46th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in São Paulo this July.
In a special ceremony in the Academy, the prize was presented by Prof. Pat Guiry, Vice-Chair of the Physical, Chemical & Mathematical Sciences of the RIA. The ceremony was also attended by Fergus’ family and friends, as well as collaborators Clive Williams, TCD and Susan Quinn from UCD, co-supervisor John Kelly and his colleagues from the Donnelly research group in the School of Medicine.
Congratulations to fourth year PhD student Eoin McCarney, who was selected to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this year by the Irish Research Council. Eoin was formally presented with an award by the IRC to recognise this achievement at a ceremony in the council headquarters in Ballsbridge. Congratulations Eoin!
We’d like to extend big congratulations to Fergus on winning the 2016 Royal Irish Academy Young Chemists Prize. Fergus received his doctorate in December on Ru(II) polypyridyl DNA-targeting agents.
Fergus will be formally awarded the prize in May, and has been nominated by the RIA for the IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists. Well done Fergus!
Trinity College Dublin receive four nominations for the ‘Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards’, which is funded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Irish Universities Association (IUA).
The Gunnlaugsson research group were selected in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) to have their research lab filmed in order to promote the awarding of the nominations to College. Several PhD students and post-doctoral fellows were filmed while actively carrying out synthetic and analytical work.
Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards
Dr. Oxana Kotova awarded the book, “Porous Polmers”, for winning a poster prize at MASC 2015
The Gunnlaugsson Group represented Trinity College Dublin at the annual RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry conference in Durham, UK on the 21st and 22nd of December 2015. Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson alongside 3 post-docs and 10 PhD students descended on the picturesque town in the north-east of England for two days of talks featuring extremely prominent international speakers from all aspects of supramolecular chemistry.
The meeting was attended by 130 people from a total of eight countries. Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson was among the 5 plenary speakers, but the meeting also included ten invited speakers, a poster session, and 6 flash talks. Dr. Oxana Kotova’s poster entitled “Healable Luminescent Self-Assembly Supramolecular Lanthanide (Eu/ Tb) Metallogels” (pictured) took home a poster prize for the group.
The famous Durham castle was a fitting setting for the conference dinner after which was held lively discussion and entertainment in the form of a Biopharma Casino Night. More success for the Thorri’s came in the form of PhD students Anna Aletti and Sandra Estalayo who were rewarded for their skill on the roulette tables with one magnum of Champagne each.
The conference was a great success and Prof. Jonathan W. Steed and all at Durham University must be congratulated for the careful organisation of the event.
Today, Thorri gave his inaugural keynote lecture upon receiving the Irish Chemical Institute’s Eva Philbin Lectureship in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as part of the Inorganic Ireland meeting.
Professor Gunnlaugsson welcomed researchers and students to the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute for the ChemCommun-RSC Prizes and Awards Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry. Speakers included Jerry Atwood, (University of Missouri-Columbia (2012 RSC Supramolecular Award)), John Callan, (University of Ulster), Chris Chang (University of California, Berkeley (2012 RSC Chemistry of Transition Metals Award)), Sylvia Draper (TCD), Phil Gale (University of Southampton), David Leigh (University of Manchester), Donal O’Shea (UCD), Eoin Scanlon (TCD), Jonathan Steed (Durham University), and Susan Quinn (UCD). The free one-day event was a great success, with over 160 delegates and a fantastic programme featuring RSC Award winners and leaders in the field.
Many members of the group presented posters, and Joe Byrne was awarded the RSC Books Poster Prize for his poster entitled: “Synthesis of a series of novel amino-acid containing ligands and their self-assembly with Eu(III) and Tb(III) in solution”