Many congratulations to Chris, Dawn and Salvador who had their paper “Structure direction, solvent effects and anion influences in halogen-bonded adducts of 2,6-bis(iodoethynyl)pyridine” accepted in the ACS journal Crystal Growth & Design and to Esther and Steve who had their paper “Cyclen lanthanide-based micellar structures for application as luminescent [Eu(III)] and magnetic [Gd(III)] resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents” accepted in the RSC journal Chemical Communications. Both papers represent new areas within the TG research group; the former being the first publication from the group on the use of halogen bonding in self-assembly formation, while the latter presents the first examples of the formation of lanthanide based self-assembly micelles. This contribution was also the 200th to be accepted from the TG group. Well done to you all!
Pictured are Prof. Gunnlaugsson and Dr. Surender following the ceremony.
As part of the summer commencements at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Esther Surender was conferred with her PhD degree in the Public Theatre. A number of honorary degrees were also awarded in the same ceremony, including the Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs.
Esther Surender, who joined the group in 2011 following her MSci degree in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast, defended her PhD Thesis (‘Lanthanide Cyclen-Based Gold Nanoparticles and Micellar Systems as Luminescent and Magnetic Contrast Agents for Diagnostic Imaging’) today.
Celebratory reception for Esther
The four year research project was conducted in collaboration with Prof Clive Lee at RCSI and Prof Dermot Brougham at UCD. Examiners, including Trinity’s Prof. Eoin Scanlan, Prof. David Parker from the University of Durham and Viva Chair Prof. Joanna McGouran joined the research group for a reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute afterwards to celebrate.
Left to right: Thorri, Esther and Prof. Parker
Third Year PhD students Esther Surender and Fergus Poynton (pictured with Prof. Gunnlaugsson) presented their research to date to their peers from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, as part of the joint Dublin Chemistry graduate programme. The ‘Third Year Talk’ Symposium was a great success, with 30 students from the Schools of Chemistry in both Universities presenting and many more taking part in the discussions which followed each talk.
Esther and Fergus are now entering the final year of their postgraduate research with the TG Group.