Eoin McCarney, 2nd year PhD research chemist in the Gunnlaugsson group, had his first journal article published in Chemical Communications earlier this month. The work reported entails the formation and characterisation of a healable lanthanide luminescent metallogel from 2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine (btp) ligands. Co-authors include Gunnlaugsson group member Dr. Joe Byrne who supervised the initial stages of the project, crystallographers Dr. Brendan Twamley and Dr. Miguel Martínez-Calvo, physicists Gavin Ryan and Prof. Matthias Möbius for the rheological studies of the soft matter gel and Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03139G
Ln(III) luminescent self-healing soft matter
Various members of the TG Group were involved in the meeting on Photochemistry and Photochemical effects organised by the RSC Photochemical Group with Dublin Chemistry and incorporating the Young and Early Career Researchers’ Meeting 2011. Despite the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Trinity College, the meeting went ahead in UCD on Monday and Tuesday, before returning to the intended venue for the final day. Dr Steve Comby gave a talk on sensing of biologically relevant d-metal ions using lanthanides cyclen-based luminescent displacement assays in aqueous solution. Robert Elmes spoke the next day about his work on ruthenium (II) polypyridyl complexes as potential DNA probes and anti-cancer phototherapetics. Posters were presented by Swagata Banerjee, Dawn Barry, Jon Kitchen, and Robert Elmes. The meeting was a great success thanks to organisers Rachel Evans, John Kelly and Han Vos.