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!
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 -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 -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!)
Eoin Mc Carney and Hannah Dalton recently attended the 16th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-ray Structure Analysis. The week-long residential course was held from Saturday 25th March until Sunday 2nd April at Trevelyan College in Durham University. Congratulations to Hannah and Eoin for completing the course!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eoin Mc Carney and Bjørn La Cour Poulsen of the TG Group presented their work at the annual third year talks, which were held on the 31st of May in the Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin. 61 postgraduate students from the School of Chemistry, TCD and the School of Chemistry, UCD took part in the day-long event as part of the Dublin Chemistry Graduate Programme, a structured PhD programme held jointly between the two schools.
Bjørn and Eoin gave brilliant talks which showcased the exciting work that they are doing in the TG Group – congratulations to both!
Good news on the publication front as Eoin, Chris, Salvador and Thorri can celebrate the acceptance of their article, “Synthesis and structural studies of 1,4-di(2-pyridyl)- 1,2,3-triazole dpt and its transition metal complexes; a versatile and subtly unsymmetric ligand” in Dalton Transactions.
The full paper details Eoin’s work into the structural analysis of the 1,4-di(2-pyridyl)-1,2,3-triazole ligand and its transition metal complexes of varying lability and demonstrates the coordination chemistry selectivity of this subtly unsymmetric ligand.
Incidentally, this makes for Chris’ first publication in the TG Group, wherein his expertise in X-ray diffraction analysis was indispensable.