Two-photon bone imaging research highlighted by Chem

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Our paper “Two-Photon Luminescent Bone Imaging Using Europium Nanoagents“, published last year in Cell Press’ journal Chem, was highlighted by the journal as one of six papers from 2016 that was of particular scientific importance. Once again, congrats to Esther and Steve on their work.

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A new paper on monitoring the onset of bacterial infection using lanthanide luminescent probes within hydrogels accepted for publication in JACS

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The europium-based luminescence is only quenched when urease enzymes break down urea in the solution

Many congratulations to Esther, Sam and Sandra who had their paper “Luminescent Lanthanide Cyclen-Based Enzymatic Assay Capable of Diagnosing the Onset of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections Both in Solution and within Polymeric Hydrogels” accepted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The work focuses on using delayed 
luminescence Eu(III)-based pH-responsive probes to monitor the activity of urease, which hydrolyses urea in
 aqueous solution upon onset of bacterial infection.
 This system can be incorporated into soft polymeric materials such as hydrogels. The work was carried out in collaboration with Prof. Clive Williams of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology in TCD and Prof. Colin McCoy from the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University of Belfast.

TG Group says Farewell to Emma and Esther

Everyone in the TG group would like to say a big thanks and goodbye to Emma and Esther for all the great work they’ve done over the past few years and for all their help when we needed it. Emma has taken on a position in Science Foundation Ireland, Ireland’s national funding body for science research. During her time here, Emma has worked on the development of various novel molecules, most notably naphthalimide-based systems. These have found use as drug delivery agents, potential anti-cancer and DNA binding agents, and sensors for biologically relevant ions.

Esther’s work on Ln(III)-cyclen complexes has led to recent publications in Inorg. Chem., Chem. Commun. and Cell Press’ new journal Chem, and she was profiled in the latter’s Potential Energy column. Esther will joining the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

We’ll miss you guys – best of luck in all your endeavors. Make sure you come back and visit us!

Lanthanide Nanoagents Article Published in and Featured on the Front Cover of the New Cell Press Journal Chem

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Esther’s work on the front cover of Issue 3 of Chem. Chris and Amy helped to design the cover.

Great news on the publication front as Drs Esther Surender and Steve Comby celebrate their paper titled “Two-Photon Luminescent Bone Imaging Using Europium Nanoagents” being recently published in  Chem, a new and upcoming journal from Cell Press. Not only was their work featured on the front cover of the issue, it was also picked up by several of the national broadcasters for Ireland, being reported in RTE news, the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and Silicon Republic. Congratulations to Esther and Steve on this great achievement! Thanks to all the authors of the article for their contribution. 

Esther is Profiled in Chem ‘Potential Energy’ Piece

Huge congrats to Dr. Esther Surender on her Potential Energy article published in Chem titled “Exploring New Frontiers in Medical Diagnostics through Collaboration“. This short article discusses her PhD research project which led to the teams article “Two-Photon Luminescent Bone Imaging Using Europium Nanoagents“, as well the benefits of pursing a multidisciplinary PhD.

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A small portion of Esther’s profile in Chem

Lights, Camera, Action!

Prof. Gunnlaugsson, Prof. Clive Lee, and Dr. Esther Surender were recently interviewed about their upcoming publication on bone diagnostics, which is to be featured in the Cell Press journal Chem.
Thanks to all for their input and effort throughout the day. Great to see our press release and video were picked up by several broadcasters in Ireland and abroad, including the RTE news, the Irish Independent and Irish Examiner.