Fergus wins the 2016 RIA Young Chemists Prize

We’d like to extend big congratulations to Fergus on winning the 2016 Royal Irish Academy Young Chemists Prize. Fergus received his doctorate in December on Ru(II) polypyridyl DNA-targeting agents.

Fergus will be formally awarded the prize in May, and has been nominated by the RIA for the IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists. Well done Fergus!

TG Group Attend ICCC42

Recently Eoin and Chris represented the Gunnlaugsson group at the International Conference on Coordination Chemistry 42 (ICCC42) in Brest, France, the premier international conference of its type with over 1300 delegates from around the world.


Eoin speaking at ICCC42

Eoin gave an oral presentation entitled “Self-assembly formation of functional supramolecular architectures incorporating various guest metal ions and the development of healable luminescent metallogels from triazole- based heterocyclic ligands” to a rapt audience in the Supramolecular Chemistry and Self-Assembly symposium in the Antoine Lavoisier theater, while Chris presented his work entitled “Fluorescent Coordination Polymers for Molecular Detection” in the poster sessions later in the week.


Chris’s poster deserves three thumbs up

Strong showing from TG Group at 68th Chemistry Colloquium in Cork

Nine members of the TG Group left the Pale behind and travelled to University College Cork on the 23rd & 24th of June for the 68th Universities Chemistry Colloquium. Both Savyasachi AJ and Eoin McCarney gave 25 minute oral presentations on their work on the Thursday and Friday morning sessions respectively.


Sachi giving his talk


Eoin presenting his work

Meanwhile Bjørn la Cour Poulsen and Amy Lynes presented their posters at the designated poster session. Dermot Gillen, Sandra Estalayo Adrian, Bruno D’Agostino, Hannah Dalton and Isabel Hegarty all attended and gained a great taste of the flavour of the chemical research being conducted from all disciplines from all over the country.


Amy at the poster session


Bjørn beside his poster


TG Group and fellow Trinity delegates at the Colloquium BBQ


On the Thursday evening all delegates attended the traditional Colloquium BBQ where research chemists were suitably nourished, collaborations were strengthened and friends were made.

The TG Group would like to thank UCC for their hosting of the event and their accommodation of the TG Group members during their stay.

Attention! Filming in Progress in TG Lab

Trinity College Dublin receive four nominations for the ‘Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards’, which is funded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Irish Universities Association (IUA).

The Gunnlaugsson research group were selected in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) to have their research lab filmed in order to promote the awarding of the nominations to College. Several PhD students and post-doctoral fellows were filmed while actively carrying out synthetic and analytical work.

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards


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

Esther Surender successfully defends her PhD Thesis!

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

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

Left to right: Thorri, Esther and Prof. Parker