Dr Joe Byrne visiting scholar in Hong Kong University

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This month, Dr Joseph Byrne travelled to Hong Kong University in order to work in the laboratory of Prof Vivian Wing-Wah Yam and establish a collaboration, investigating luminescent inorganic complexes and bringing together expertise from the Yam group and the TG Group.

This exchange was made possible through the support of Science Foundation Ireland’s International Strategic Collaboration Programme for China.

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Dr Byrne worked closely with postdoctoral fellow Dr Sammual Yu Lut Leung while hosted at HKU.

On Friday 11 December, he gave a seminar to members of the Department of Chemistry about research from the TG Group and had fruitful discussions about these topics.

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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.