New paper accepted in Dalton Transactions!

Many congratulations to Trinity College Dublin team Dr. Oxana Kotova, Dr. Steve Comby, Dr. Komala Pandurangan (now at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)), Dr. Floriana Stomeo (now at IPSEN Pharma), Dr. John E. O’Brien and Dr. Martin Feeney who in collaboration with Dr. Robert D. Peacock from University of Glasgow and Prof. Colin P. McCoy from Queen’s University Belfast who have had their paper entitled “The effect of the linker size in C2-symmetrical chiral ligands on the self-assembly formation of luminescent triple-stranded di-metallic Eu(III) helicates in solution” accepted in Dalton Transactions.

The article discussed the formation of chiral, luminescent [Eu2:L3] assemblies with high stability constants in solution. However, it was found that the composition of the assemblies in the solid state was more complex. The chirality of the studied systems allowed us to investigate their formation using various techniques including circular dichroism and circularly polarised luminescence spectroscopies and help their development towards materials for the applications in electronics for virtual reality applications (3D screens) and in medical diagnostic.

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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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Oxana presents at ISMSC 2017 in Cambridge

Dr Oxana Kotova attended the 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in conjunction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry, which was held this year in Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhall. There she presented a poster entitled “Discrete white-light-emitting Ln-based heterometallic assemblies in solution”. This work was recently published in Chemical Science. The conference included talks from various internationally renowned researchers including Nobel Laureate Prof. Fraser Stoddart, Prof. François Diederich, Prof. Harry Anderson, Prof. David Leigh and Prof. Vivian W.W. Yam amongst many other excellent chemists. Thanks to the organising committee for the excellent meeting.

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


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”

New paper published in ChemPhysChem

WebsiteCongratulations to Laura (now at Pfizer), Sam, Steve and Oxana on their new communication published in ChemPhysChem. In this work, invited to a special issue on Molecular Logic, AuNPs were described that were functionalised with Eu(III) and Tb(III) cyclen complexes which were able to function as molecular logic gate mimics (MLGMs). Two MLGMs were reported operating using pH and organic molecule inputs, respectively, which were able to mimic half-subtractor, transfer and XOR logic functions.

Logic and Molecular logic have important history in Ireland, with George Boole developing his ideas in UCC (formerly Queen’s College Cork) and the early ideas of PET sensors as MLGMs being introduced by Prof. A.P. de Silva in Queen’s University Belfast. The TG Group has described a number of MLGMs over the years, most recently in materials systems such as our organogel-based system reported in Chem. Commun. last year. Our paper in ChemPhysChem is a further demonstration of the use of materials-supported Ln(III) luminescence, this time on AuNP surfaces and the power of logical analysis as an approach to supramolecular and sensing chemistry.

ChemPhysChem is a ChemPub Soc Europe journal, a consortium of 16 continental European chemical societies and published in collaboration with Wiley-VCH, and we are happy to have contributed to high impact European science.

New paper accepted in Chemical Science on a novel lanthanide-based white-light emitting system


Varying the colour of the emission by altering the molar fraction of europium in the system (𝛘Eu)

Congratulations to Oxana Kotova, Steve Comby and Christophe Lincheneau on their paper entitled “White-light emission from discrete heterometallic lanthanide-directed self-assembled complexes in solution” which has been accepted into the RSC journal Chemical Science. In this work, the newly designed multidentate ligand tdt was used, which provides three individual tridentate binding sites for lanthanide (Ln) ions. White-light emission was successfully achieved by carefully tuning (i) the molar ratio of Eu(III) and Tb(III) within the assembly and thus the relative intensity of the red and green emission, (ii) the excitation wavelength, as the tdt ligand consists of two different chromophores, and (iii) the ligand concentration, which greatly affects the intensity of the blue emission within the overall self-assembled complexes. We envisage that this system can be further developed and find its application as white-light emitting material or as a ratiometric sensor.

New Students Join the Research Group, welcome to Tony and Céline!

We would like to welcome two new students, Tony Duggan and Céline Ruijs, to the Gunnlaugsson group. Tony is a 3rd year Pharmaceutical Healthcare student from DIT on placement in the group from January until May. Céline is a 4th year Chemistry student from Université Catholique de Louvain and will be doing an internship until May. Both of them are working on self-assembly projects with Oxana.