Fergus wins the 2016 RIA Young Chemists Prize

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!

Attention! Filming in Progress in TG Lab

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

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

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Dr. Oxana Kotova wins poster prize at MASC 2015

Dr. Oxana Kotova with her award, "Porous Polmers", for her poster prize at MASC 2015

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.

ChemCommun-RSC Prizes and Awards Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry

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”

Link: http://www.rsc.org/ConferencesAndEvents/conference/alldetails.cfm?evid=113169&utm_content=email1&utm_source=house-list&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mkt-jrp-ccpandasym

Prof Thorri Gunnlaugsson elected a member of the RIA

Thorri elected as a Member of the Royal Irish AcademyOn Friday 27th May, Professor Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy, the principal learned society in Ireland for the sciences and humanities. The RIA promotes excellence in scholarship, and recognises achievements in learning. Membership is the highest Irish academic honour. Professor Luke Drury, President of the Royal Irish Academy, said “In admitting these new members, we honour their contributions to knowledge, intellectual debate and engagement with civic society. Ireland’s future largely depends on having such talented and dedicated people living and working here; an important function of the Academy is to give public recognition to this.”

Link: http://ria.ie/News/RIA-admits-new-members.aspx