Welcome back Isabel!

Isabel has returned to the group following a three month internship at Alkermes Biopharmaceutical. During the internship Isabel worked as part of the R&D Formulations department, developing formulations for new oral dose drug substances, which allowed her to get experience in early stage formulation development through to scale-up, as well as investigating the potential for  PAT (Process Analytical Technology), in the form of various spectroscopic techniques, with a view to inline process monitoring. This opportunity was made possible due to a collaboration with Tarek Zeidan (Alkermes, Waltham) on Isabel’s PhD project over the last three years. This experience will greatly benefit Isabel as well as the wider Gunnlaugsson group.

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Oxana, Sam and Sandra take part in the 27th PhotoIUPAC conference in Dublin

PhotoIUPAC, the biennial global IUPAC conference for photochemistry, came to UCD this July (8th – 13th, 2018) and several TG members contributed throughout the week. Post-doctoral researchers Dr. Oxana Kotova and Dr. Sam Bradberry gave talks titled “Effect of Spacer Size in Chiral Luminescent Di-metallic Eu(III) Helicates” and “Supramolecular Scaffolds for Lanthanide Luminescence”, respectively, describing some of the research they have undertaken recently in the group.

PhD student Sandra Estalayo presented a poster on the Ru(II) complexes for singlet-oxygen generation work that she has been carrying out in her PhD in close collaboration with Prof. John Kelly (TCD). Working backstage, PhD students Jason Delente and Isabel Hegarty volunteered to help run the four parallel sessions throughout the week. The group were exposed to exciting and varied science from all corners of the globe, early career researchers and established names from every field of photochemistry, in what was an excellent and diverse programme of talks.

The conference, at its 27th edition, was organised by Dr. Susan Quinn of UCD and Prof. Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay from UCLA. It showcased world-class research in photochemistry with contributors from over 40 countries and was a very stimulating meeting. The 28th meeting will be held in Amsterdam in 2020. See you there, PhotoIUPAC!

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Bruno, Hannah and Isabel present their work at the Third Year Talks in TCD

The annual Third Year Talks took place on Tuesday 29th May, so Bruno, Hannah and Isabel, as third year students had a chance of presenting their work. The event, sponsored by Eli Lilly, involved 38 students from TCD, UCD and DIT who presented their research in the Hamilton Building on the Trinity Campus.

Isabel talked about her btp-based metal ion complexes during the Inorganic Chemistry session; Hannah presented her work with bypiridine derivative complexes of d and f metal ions in the New Ligands session; while Bruno talked about his work on f metal ion complexes as indirect probes of peptidic phosphorylation in the Analysis of Biologic session.

Our congratulations go to all the students who participated, and especially to Bruno, Hannah and Isabel for their great job representing the TG group!

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Alkermes visit the TG Group

The TG group had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the biopharmaceutical company Alkermes earlier today. A fast-paced morning of talks were held in TBSI, where postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers alike presented their work to the company. This was followed by a lunch and poster session at which much fruitful discussion took place. The group included Tarek Zeidan, Principal Scientist at the company, who works in collaboration with second year group member Isabel Hegarty.

Isabel wins a poster prize at Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland 2017 at Maynooth

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The Gunnlaugsson Group attended the Supramolecular Chemistry Ireland (SCI 2017) conference in Maynooth University yesterday. The conference, organised by former group member Dr Rob Elmes, brought together an array of international speakers for a jam-packed day of lectures and short talks.

Several members of the group presented their work at the poster session, with second year PhD student Hannah Dalton giving a flash talk on “Metallosupramolecular assemblies of a family of N,N,Oterdentate ligands”, work which was recently published in Crystal Growth and Design.

Many congratulations to Isabel Hegarty, who beat a tough field to win the prize for best poster, for her poster entitled “Lanthanide Directed Self-Assembly of a Series of btp Derivatives”

Prof. A. P. De Silva Speaks to the Dublin University Werner Chemical Society

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A. P. giving his lecture to the DU Werner Chemical Society

A. P. de Silva, longtime friend and former supervisor of Thorri, and professor at Queen’s University of Belfast, gave a lecture about his work on “Fluorescent sensing and logic systems” today for the first DU Werner Chemical Society talk of the year. Group members Hannah and Isabel – who are also committee members of the Society – helped organise the talk. A. P.’s work on fluorescent sensors has developed into a range of blood gas and electrolyte analysers, sales of which by Roche, OPTI Medical (for human health case) and IDEXX (for animal use) have surpassed $530 million, and saved countless lives. As always, it was both a pleasure and an honour to have A. P. as a guest at Trinity and an enjoyable and unique experience to participate to one of his talks. Looking forward to the next time!