Anna speaks at the 13th Italian Conference on Supramolecular Chemistry

4th Year PhD student Anna Aletti travelled from (surprisingly) sunny Dublin to the (exceedingly) sunny south coast of Sardinia on behalf of the group and attended the 13th Italian Conference on Supramolecular Chemistry held from the 18th to the 21st June 2017. Anna, who works on the design of anion receptors and anion-directed materials, gave an oral presentation of her work on interlocked [2]-catenanes based on the BTP motif and their anion binding properties, which was published last year in Angewandte Chemie with Dr Joseph Byrne (now at U. Bern with Prof. Martin Albrecht) and being continued in collaboration with Eoin McCarney, also a 4th year PhD student in the group.

She showcased the groups work and described the self-templated formation of [2]-catenanes from RCM of dimers formed from allyl-appended BTP ligands, which in their macrocyclic and catenated forms showed anion recognition properties.

The conference, organised by Claudia Caltagirone at the University of Cagliari and held on the beautiful Sardinian coast in Santa Margherita di Pula, brought together European and Italian researchers (of which the TG have a number both in the ranks and graduated from the group) from across Italy and some of those researching further afield. Anna, who studied at Università degli Studi di Pavia before arriving to the TG group, was reunited with a number of her former professors including Valeria Amendola and Piersandro Pallavicini, and continues to enjoy the interesting programme of talks from PIs and students of the Italian supramolecular community. (and the weather!)

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Group Photo with all delegates (taken from supramol2017 website).

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TG Group Attend MASC 2016 in Edinburgh

This year’s Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (MASC) group meeting was held in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Several members of the group attended the two-day RSC conference, presenting their work alongside a busy programme of international speakers from Europe, the US, Japan and New Zealand, including one of this year’s Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Sir Fraser Stoddart.

Recently, Fergus and Sandra represented the Gunnlaugsson group at the 12th Nucleic Acids Forum in London, alongside Prof. John Kelly.

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Sandra and Fergus at the poster session

Fergus gave a talk entitled “Photochemically Active DNA-Intercalating Complexes – Insights by Combining Crystallography and Transient Spectroscopy”, where he presented some of our collaborative work into how time-resolved infrared spectroscopy, coupled with X-ray crystallography, enables us to study the interaction of the excited-states of intercalated ruthenium polypyridyl complexes with DNA and provides new insights into the nature of the binding sites of these complexes. Some of this work was recently published in

Sandra presented a poster entitled “New Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complexes as Promising PDT Agents in HeLa Cells and Luminescent Probes for DNA”, showing the new classes of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes she designed and their potential biological applications.

TG Group Attend ICCC42

Recently Eoin and Chris represented the Gunnlaugsson group at the International Conference on Coordination Chemistry 42 (ICCC42) in Brest, France, the premier international conference of its type with over 1300 delegates from around the world.

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Eoin speaking at ICCC42

Eoin gave an oral presentation entitled “Self-assembly formation of functional supramolecular architectures incorporating various guest metal ions and the development of healable luminescent metallogels from triazole- based heterocyclic ligands” to a rapt audience in the Supramolecular Chemistry and Self-Assembly symposium in the Antoine Lavoisier theater, while Chris presented his work entitled “Fluorescent Coordination Polymers for Molecular Detection” in the poster sessions later in the week.

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Chris’s poster deserves three thumbs up

Dr. Oxana Kotova presents at MSMLG 2016

Oxana represented the TG Group at the 5th International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates (MSMLG 2016) in the Chancellor’s Building at the University of Bath. The conference was attended by over 250 delegates from host of countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, USA, Canada, Japan, China, Korea and Israel.

Delegates were treated to plenary lectures including talks from Prof. J. Fraser Stoddart, Prof. Eric V. Anslyn, Prof. Mihail Barboiu, Prof. Christopher J. Chang, Prof. A. Prasanna de Silva, Prof. Philip A. Gale, Prof. Bruce Gibb, Prof. Katrina A. Jolliffe, Prof. Ben Zhong Tang and Prof. He Tian amongst others. Oxana presented her results on “Self-Assembly of Europium(III) With Chiral Asymmetrically Substituted Ligands in Solution and Formation of Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayers”.

TG Group travel to Southampton for Supramolecular Symposium

Anna Aletti, Samuel Bradberry and Dr. Oxana Kotova of the TG group attended Southampton Supramolecular Chemistry Symposium on the 24th of June 2016.

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Southamption Supramolecular Symposium 2016 Delegates

All of them presented posters and, in addition, Samuel gave an excellent talk on “Lanthanide Luminescent Logic – functional organic scaffolds and soft polymers gels as logic gate mimics”.

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Sam giving his talk

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Sam and A P at the poster session

 

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Oxana with her poster

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Anna presenting her poster

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A P de Silva, Oxana, Anna, Joe and Sam at the drinks reception

Our former group member Dr. Joseph Byrne who is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Bern attended the conference as well and presented a poster on his recent work published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. on self-templated btp [2]Catenane.

The meeting included speakers and posters from UK Universities and beyond, including an outstanding lecture from the plenary speaker Professor A. P. de Silva.

Strong showing from TG Group at 68th Chemistry Colloquium in Cork

Nine members of the TG Group left the Pale behind and travelled to University College Cork on the 23rd & 24th of June for the 68th Universities Chemistry Colloquium. Both Savyasachi AJ and Eoin McCarney gave 25 minute oral presentations on their work on the Thursday and Friday morning sessions respectively.

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Sachi giving his talk

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Eoin presenting his work

Meanwhile Bjørn la Cour Poulsen and Amy Lynes presented their posters at the designated poster session. Dermot Gillen, Sandra Estalayo Adrian, Bruno D’Agostino, Hannah Dalton and Isabel Hegarty all attended and gained a great taste of the flavour of the chemical research being conducted from all disciplines from all over the country.

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Amy at the poster session

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Bjørn beside his poster

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TG Group and fellow Trinity delegates at the Colloquium BBQ

 

On the Thursday evening all delegates attended the traditional Colloquium BBQ where research chemists were suitably nourished, collaborations were strengthened and friends were made.

The TG Group would like to thank UCC for their hosting of the event and their accommodation of the TG Group members during their stay.