Anna speaks at the 13th Italian Conference on Supramolecular Chemistry

4th Year PhD student Anna Aletti travelled from (surprisingly) sunny Dublin to the (exceedingly) sunny south coast of Sardinia on behalf of the group and attended the 13th Italian Conference on Supramolecular Chemistry held from the 18th to the 21st June 2017. Anna, who works on the design of anion receptors and anion-directed materials, gave an oral presentation of her work on interlocked [2]-catenanes based on the BTP motif and their anion binding properties, which was published last year in Angewandte Chemie with Dr Joseph Byrne (now at U. Bern with Prof. Martin Albrecht) and being continued in collaboration with Eoin McCarney, also a 4th year PhD student in the group.

She showcased the groups work and described the self-templated formation of [2]-catenanes from RCM of dimers formed from allyl-appended BTP ligands, which in their macrocyclic and catenated forms showed anion recognition properties.

The conference, organised by Claudia Caltagirone at the University of Cagliari and held on the beautiful Sardinian coast in Santa Margherita di Pula, brought together European and Italian researchers (of which the TG have a number both in the ranks and graduated from the group) from across Italy and some of those researching further afield. Anna, who studied at Università degli Studi di Pavia before arriving to the TG group, was reunited with a number of her former professors including Valeria Amendola and Piersandro Pallavicini, and continues to enjoy the interesting programme of talks from PIs and students of the Italian supramolecular community. (and the weather!)

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Group Photo with all delegates (taken from supramol2017 website).

Amy, Anna, Dermot and Sandra present their work at the the Third Year Talks in UCD

On Tuesday 30th May, 3rd year students Anna Aletti, Sandra EstalayoDermot Gillen and Amy Lynes participated in the annual Third Year Talks, which took place at University College Dublin as part of the Dublin Chemistry graduate program. The day gave them the opportunity to present their work and achievements so far in their PhDs to an audience of their peers and academics. The day was supported by Lilly and brought together PhD students from UCD and DIT for a full day featuring 52 talks, spanning all disciplines of chemistry.

Anna and Dermot presented their work on anion receptors and anion-directed self-assembly; Amy talked about the synthesis of BTA gels and soft materials; while Sandra spoke about the design of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes for biological applications such as photodynamic therapy (PDT).

Congratulations to all who participated. Well done Anna, Dermot, Amy and Sandra for another year of excellent talks from the TG group!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sachi giving his talk

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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.

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Amy at the poster session

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Bjørn beside his poster

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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

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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