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.
TG Group members Bjorn la Cour Poulsen and Eoin McCarney (pictures above, third and fourth from the left, respectively) were awarded their Postgraduate Certificates in Statistics today after one year of hard work and extra study. Their efforts to gain this qualification in addition to studying for their PhDs was rightly recognised in a formal ceremony in the College Examinations Hall.
Eoin McCarney, 2nd year PhD research chemist in the Gunnlaugsson group, had his first journal article published in Chemical Communications earlier this month. The work reported entails the formation and characterisation of a healable lanthanide luminescent metallogel from 2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine (btp) ligands. Co-authors include Gunnlaugsson group member Dr. Joe Byrne who supervised the initial stages of the project, crystallographers Dr. Brendan Twamley and Dr. Miguel Martínez-Calvo, physicists Gavin Ryan and Prof. Matthias Möbius for the rheological studies of the soft matter gel and Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03139G