Papers Accepted for Helen and Elena

Many congratulations to Helen and Elena who are joint PhD students with Professor Eoin M. Scanlan on their papers that have been accepted for publication in the RSC journals Organic Biomolecular Chemistry and Chemical Communications, respectively. A great collaboration between the TBSI based groups, involving several other researchers from the School of Chemistry as well as the School of Biochemistry and Immunology:


Glycosylated Lanthanide Cyclen Complexes as Luminescent Probes for Monitoring Glycosidase Enzyme Activity”, Helen M. Burke, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson and Eoin M. Scanlan, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016, 14, 9133-9145. DOI: 10.1039/C6OB01712F


Glycosidase Activated Release of Fluorescent 1,8-Naphthalimide Probes for Tumor Cell Imaging from Glycosylated ‘Pro-probes’”, Elena Calatrava-Pérez, Sandra A. Bright, Stefan Achermann, Claire Moylan, Mathias O. Senge, Emma B. Veale, D. Clive Williams, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson and Eoin M. Scanlan, Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, In Press. DOI: 10.1039/C6CC06451E


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


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. 

Two publications accepted from the group in Crystal Growth & Design and Chemical Communications

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!


New review publication for Dawn, Dave and Thorri

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Barry (lead author and postdoctoral fellow in TG lab) and Dr. David F. Caffrey (former PhD student and now with Pfizer Ltd.) for their review article on lanthanide self-assembly structures and interlocked molecules which was recently accepted in Chemical Society Reviews, entitled “Lanthanide-directed synthesis of luminescent self-assembly supramolecular structures and mechanically bonded systems from acyclic coordinating organic ligands”.

Graphical Abstract CSR April 2016

Graphical Abstract CSR April 2016

Agostino and Oxana’s article accepted

Visiting student, Agostino Galanti, from Bologna, Italy who conducted his master’s research project in the TG Group between March-September 2014, under the guidance of Dr. Oxana Kotova, has recently had his work accepted for publication in Chemistry – A European Journal.

The work entitled ‘Exploring the Effect of Ligand Structural Isomerism in Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Chiral Luminescent Eu(III) Self-Assemblies’ was carried out in collaboration with Chloe J. Johnson from Prof. Martin Albrecht‘s group in the University of Bern, Switzerland, Shaun Mills from Prof. John J. Boland‘s group, CRANN and Prof. Robert D. Peacock in the University of Glasgow.

Graphical abstract

Graphical abstract

Agostino has gone on to conduct a PhD in Prof. Paolo Samori‘s group in the University of Strasbourg and was a pleasure to work with during his time with the TG Group and we wish him all the best for the future.

doi: 10.1002/chem.201600560

Dr. Oxana Kotova wins poster prize at MASC 2015

Dr. Oxana Kotova with her award, "Porous Polmers", for her poster prize at MASC 2015

Dr. Oxana Kotova awarded the book, “Porous Polmers”, for winning a poster prize at MASC 2015

The Gunnlaugsson Group represented Trinity College Dublin at the  annual RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry conference in Durham, UK on the 21st and 22nd of December 2015. Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson alongside 3 post-docs and 10 PhD students descended on the picturesque town in the north-east of England for two days of talks featuring extremely prominent international speakers from all aspects of supramolecular chemistry.

The meeting was attended by 130 people from a total of eight countries. Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson was among the 5 plenary speakers, but the meeting also included ten invited speakers, a poster session, and 6 flash talks. Dr. Oxana Kotova’s poster entitled “Healable Luminescent Self-Assembly Supramolecular Lanthanide (Eu/ Tb) Metallogels” (pictured) took home a poster prize for the group.

The famous Durham castle was a fitting setting for the conference dinner after which was held lively discussion and entertainment in the form of a Biopharma Casino Night. More success for the Thorri’s came in the form of PhD students Anna Aletti and Sandra Estalayo who were rewarded for their skill on the roulette tables with one magnum of Champagne each.

The conference was a great success and Prof. Jonathan W. Steed and all at Durham University must be congratulated for the careful organisation of the event.

“Luminescent Logic in Soft Materials” presentation wins prize at Discover Research Dublin open night

Recent research from the TG Group on the use of lanthanide luminescent soft materials as molecular logic gate mimics was presented to the public as part of the Discover Dublin Research Night in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute on 25th September 2015. The work was described in an RTÉ News bulletin the day before and many people attended the laboratory where Sam Bradberry, Joe Byrne and Anna Aletti showed them how research chemists can create functional materials from commercially available building blocks, step by step. Illustrations by artist Sophie Longwill helped communicate the complex ideas to an audience of all ages. The presentation won a prize as a result of feedback from visitors.

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The research was recently published in an article in Chemical Communications. It describes the use of lanthanide luminescent bundles based on the “Trinity Sliotar” and the btp motif as components in methacrylate-based soft materials and their use as responsive functional materials, and with luminescent outputs which can be described in terms of logic gates. The article can be read here.