Dr Sam Bradberry Graduates!


As part of the Autumn Commencements at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Sam Bradberry was conferred with his PhD degree in the Public Theatre.

Sam’s thesis, “Design and development of novel self-assembled luminescent lanthanide complexes in solution and in responsive soft materials” and the work that lead to its realization has been of great value for the TG Group, and we as a whole wish to congratulate him for his achievement. Great Job Sam!


Dr Helen Burke Graduates


Helen with Barry from the Evans group

Congratulations to Helen Burke, who joined the group in 2012 as an IRCSET postgraduate scholar, and officially graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry earlier today. Helen carried out her research on ‘Synthetic Approaches Towards Thioester-Mediated Bioconjugation and Lanthanide-Based Glycoconjugate Probes’ jointly with Eoin Scanlan, producing several publications, the most recent of which appeared in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (DOI: 10.1039/C6OB01712F).

Since submitting her thesis, Helen has started work in industry in England. Everyone in the TG group would like to say farewell to Helen and we all wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours!

Dr Fergus Poynton Graduates (and says Farewell to the TG Group)


Oxana congratulates Fergus on receiving his doctorate.

As part of the Christmas commencements at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Fergus Poynton was conferred with his PhD degree in the Public Theatre.

Everyone in the TG group would like to say a big thanks and goodbye to Fergus, a friend to all of us and an excellent chemist. Fergus’ work on Ru(II) polypyridyl probes has led to a cover article in Nature Chemistry, along with recent publications in Faraday Discussions, Angewandte Chemie and Chemical Science, among others.

Best of luck to Fergus in all his future endeavours. We’ll miss you!

Bjorn and Eoin awarded PG Certificate in Statistics


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.

Dr Joe Byrne graduates


As part of the summer commencements at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Joseph Byrne was conferred with his PhD by Chancellor Mary Robinson (pictured). A number of honorary degrees were awarded in the same ceremony. Five students from the School of Chemistry graduated in the day and a large contingent of researchers from the school spent the evening celebrating.

Dr Dawn Barry graduates

dawn-gradAs part of the autumn commencements at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Dawn Barry was conferred with her PhD degree in the Examination Hall. Dawn started her studies in the TG Group in Summer 2010 and researched lanthanide-directed self-assembly and luminescent Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer formation among other topics.