Sam, Anna and Dermot teach TY students about molecular logic

As part of the School of Chemisty’s annual Transition Year (TY) programme, Sam, Anna and Dermot gave an interactive demonstration on molecular logic to a group of sixty TY students. This is the second year in a row that the group has presented on smart materials and chemical computation, in an informative lecture that covers the life and legacy of mathematician George Boole, logic gates and the life-saving work of Prof A.P. de Silva in Belfast, and our own group’s work with lanthanides.

The students learned how logical functions operate in a series of interactive exercises, before testing out the gel-based logic gates themselves. The demonstration was originally developed by Sam and Joe as part of Discover Research Dublin 2015, and to mark the 200th birthday of Boole.

TG Group bid farewell to summer project undergraduate student Aisling Ryan

Aisling completed her two month summer project within the Gunnlaugsson group which she started on 6th of June and finished on 29th of July 2016. She has been an excellent addition to the group and has been working on the synthesis of tripodal terpyridine-based ligands for the formation of supramolecular polymers and gels with Sachi and Oxana. We wish her the very best of luck in her future studies and endeavors!

Dermot teaches Leaving Certificate students spectroscopy with the RSC

Students measure the concentration of aspirin in a sample of "blood plasma" with a UV-vis spectrometer.

Students measure the concentration of aspirin in a sample of “blood plasma” with a UV-vis spectrometer.

Over the last few months, TG group member Dermot Gillen has been working with Dr John O’Donoghue Trinity’s RSC Education Coordinator  to bring applied chemistry to secondary schools. As part of the RSC’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme, Dermot has been helping Leaving Certificate students gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instruments that are used in both research and forensics. The students work together in teams, using chemical principles and portable spectrometers to find out what killed the unfortunate Dr Green!

After the case has been solved, students learn and can ask questions about undergraduate study in science, career paths in STEM and postgraduate research in Trinity, including the work of the TG group. This week’s visit to Loreto College was the last such visit before the summer holidays. Dermot, Olan and Joana had the chance to run the session themselves in what was a great success!

Dermot, Olan and Joana with the girls from Loreto College.

Dermot (far right), Olan and Joana with the girls from Loreto College.

Transition year work experience

The TG group were delighted to host transition year student Mark Lynes from Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co Cork, as part of his TY work experience programme. Mark has a keen interest in pursuing science at third level and during his time in the lab, he was able to assist with some synthesis, get a tour of the department and various facilities, while also gaining an insight into the day to day life of a research scientist. Mark took part in this years BT Young Scientist competition, with his project on international road safety winning a highly commended rosette. IMG_2659

Student work experience

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We were delighted to host secondary student Niamh Murphy from Mercy College for a week in the TG laboratory. Niamh is very interested in pursuing a career in scientific research and so, as part of her Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme course, she got in touch with us about getting some work experience in a working research lab.

Niamh worked with Dr Joe Byrne, helping with the synthesis of a number of ligands for ongoing research and made a valuable contribution to the lab while there.

The TG Group often hosts students for work experience in order to open up the possibility of research to the wider community.