Fourth year PhD student Eoin McCarney is just back from an exciting week at the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, which was dedicated this year to chemistry. The annual conference brings together a diverse mix of undergraduates, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, lecturers and of course, Nobel laureates – all to the island of Lindau just off the eastern shores of Lake Constance.
Panel discussion at the Lindau meeting
Eoin with Prof. Ben Feringa and David McNulty
Eoin and Jean-Pierre Sauvage
Klaus Von Klitzing (and his Nobel Prize medal)
Martin Chalfie and Eoin take a selfie
On board the Sonnenkönigin to Mainau
Highlights of the meeting included informal discussion sessions at which Eoin had the opportunity to ask Professors Ben Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage about their views on science, education and policy. The two laureates won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.”
Eoin’s attendance at the Lindau meeting was sponsored by the Irish Research Council, who presented him with an award last month in recognition of his achievements.
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!)
Group Photo with all delegates (taken from supramol2017 website).
Group Photo: Hannah (three rows back, 5th from right) and Eoin (4th row back, 5th from left)
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 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.
Chris’s poster deserves three thumbs up
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.
Sachi giving his talk
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.
Amy at the poster session
Bjørn beside his poster
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.
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!