Sam Bradberry successfully defends his PhD thesis

IMAG3236Congratulations to Sam Bradberry, who today successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled Design and development of novel self-assembled luminescent lanthanide complexes in solution and in responsive soft materials.

The four year research project was carried out in collaboration with Dr Amir Khan of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TCD and Prof. Colin McCoy of Queens University Belfast. Sam’s work has been published in several journals including Chemical Communications and Faraday Discussions. After the viva, Sam joined the rest of the TG group for a celebratory reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.

 

Dr Helen Burke Graduates

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Helen with Barry from the Evans group

Congratulations to Helen Burke, who joined the group in 2012 as an IRCSET postgraduate scholar, and officially graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry earlier today. Helen carried out her research on ‘Synthetic Approaches Towards Thioester-Mediated Bioconjugation and Lanthanide-Based Glycoconjugate Probes’ jointly with Eoin Scanlan, producing several publications, the most recent of which appeared in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (DOI: 10.1039/C6OB01712F).

Since submitting her thesis, Helen has started work in industry in England. Everyone in the TG group would like to say farewell to Helen and we all wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours!

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!

Helen Burke Successfully Defends her PhD Thesis

Helen Burke, who joined the group in 2012 as an IRCSET postgraduate scholar, defended her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Synthetic Approaches Towards Thioester-Mediated Bioconjugation and Lanthanide-Based Glycoconjugate Probes’, today.

The four year research project was conducted jointly with Eoin Scanlon as part of a fruitful collaboration which has seen her work appear in several publications, most recently in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Helen’s examiners, Trinity’s Joanna McGouran and Tony D. James from the University of Bath, joined the research group for a reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute afterwards to celebrate.

Dr David Caffrey graduates

Dr David Caffrey Graduation

Dr David F. Caffrey graduated with his PhD from Trinity in June 2014. David did his undergraduate degree in Trinity and started to work in the TG Group in Octiber 2009. He submitted his thesis for examination in October 2013 with the title: “Chiral Lanthanide Directed Self-Assembly: Ligand Substitution as a Path to Functionally Diverse Supramolecular Complexes”.