TG group getting even bigger!

New week, new academic year, newcomers to the TG Group!
After Maite and Tómas, the new year brings four more people to the group! Amrutha, Caoimhe and Ellen are Senior Sophisters from TCD who will work on their final year research project in the group, which will be focused, respectively on Naphtalene Diimides-based supramolecular polymers, Boronic Acid-functionalized Troger’s Base systems, and Troger’s Base/DNA interactions.

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From left to right: Caimhe, Ellen and Amrutha

At the same time, Laura Ramírez Lázaro will join the group as an Erasmus student for her last year from the Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. She will work on a project shared with prof. Eoin Scanlan, focused on glycosilated Naphtalimides while attending the regular courses in TCD.

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Laura Ramírez Lázaro

Welcome aboard and good work girls!

Amy, Anna, Dermot and Sandra present their work at the the Third Year Talks in UCD

On Tuesday 30th May, 3rd year students Anna Aletti, Sandra EstalayoDermot Gillen and Amy Lynes participated in the annual Third Year Talks, which took place at University College Dublin as part of the Dublin Chemistry graduate program. The day gave them the opportunity to present their work and achievements so far in their PhDs to an audience of their peers and academics. The day was supported by Lilly and brought together PhD students from UCD and DIT for a full day featuring 52 talks, spanning all disciplines of chemistry.

Anna and Dermot presented their work on anion receptors and anion-directed self-assembly; Amy talked about the synthesis of BTA gels and soft materials; while Sandra spoke about the design of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes for biological applications such as photodynamic therapy (PDT).

Congratulations to all who participated. Well done Anna, Dermot, Amy and Sandra for another year of excellent talks from the TG group!

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Amy and Chris Present at Networking Event

Amy and Chris recently gave talks at the School of Chemistry’s first annual Intra Postgraduate/Post-Doctoral Colloquium Day and Networking Event. The event was well attended by those in the School of Chemistry and many members of the Gunnlaugsson group presented posters in the poster session in the afternoon.

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Also that evening, Amy won the Barry-McCabe Demonstrating prize for teaching first year undergraduates last year. Congratulations to Amy on this wonderful achievement!

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Amy (centre) with Head of School Sylvia Draper (third from right), Tom McCabe (second from right) and Brendan Barry (far left)

Strong showing from TG Group at 68th Chemistry Colloquium in Cork

Nine members of the TG Group left the Pale behind and travelled to University College Cork on the 23rd & 24th of June for the 68th Universities Chemistry Colloquium. Both Savyasachi AJ and Eoin McCarney gave 25 minute oral presentations on their work on the Thursday and Friday morning sessions respectively.

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Sachi giving his talk

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Eoin presenting his work

Meanwhile Bjørn la Cour Poulsen and Amy Lynes presented their posters at the designated poster session. Dermot Gillen, Sandra Estalayo Adrian, Bruno D’Agostino, Hannah Dalton and Isabel Hegarty all attended and gained a great taste of the flavour of the chemical research being conducted from all disciplines from all over the country.

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Amy at the poster session

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Bjørn beside his poster

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TG Group and fellow Trinity delegates at the Colloquium BBQ

 

On the Thursday evening all delegates attended the traditional Colloquium BBQ where research chemists were suitably nourished, collaborations were strengthened and friends were made.

The TG Group would like to thank UCC for their hosting of the event and their accommodation of the TG Group members during their stay.

Attention! Filming in Progress in TG Lab

Trinity College Dublin receive four nominations for the ‘Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards’, which is funded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Irish Universities Association (IUA).

The Gunnlaugsson research group were selected in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) to have their research lab filmed in order to promote the awarding of the nominations to College. Several PhD students and post-doctoral fellows were filmed while actively carrying out synthetic and analytical work.

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

Filming in TG Lab for Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

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Bjørn and Eoin Present at the Annual Third Year Talks

Eoin Mc Carney and Bjørn La Cour Poulsen of the TG Group presented their work at the annual third year talks, which were held on the 31st of May in the Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin. 61 postgraduate students from the School of Chemistry, TCD and the School of Chemistry, UCD took part in the day-long event as part of the Dublin Chemistry Graduate Programme, a structured PhD programme held jointly between the two schools.cc864b204a74f74a53774781a295275bIMG_2071

Bjørn and Eoin gave brilliant talks which showcased the exciting work that they are doing in the TG Group – congratulations to both!
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2016 RSC Organic Division Ireland Regional Meeting Held in TBSI/TCD

The Royal Society of Chemistry held its annual Organic Division Ireland Regional Meeting in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), Trinity College Dublin, on the 19th of May 2016. The meeting was organised by Prof. Eoin Scanlan from the School of Chemistry (TCD), and featured contributions from several Irish Universities. These included Maynooth University, University College Dublin, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

In addition to featuring lectures by Irish researchers, Professor Véronique Gouverneur (Oxford University) presented her 2016 Tilden Prize Lecture. The meeting was attended by a large crowd of researchers with over 30 posters being presented at a dedicated poster session.

Anna Aletti with her prize-winning posterAnna Aletti from the TG group was awarded a prize for her poster about the anion studies on our btp-based catenane, recently accepted in Angewandte Chemie. Congratulations to Anna and also to Fiona O’Donovan (UCC) for winning the poster prizes.

A great day that showcased some of the most exciting chemistry research being carried out in Ireland at the moment.

More info can be found at:
http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/22175/rsc-organic-division-ireland-regional-meeting-2016

Fergus Poynton successfully defends his PhD Thesis

Fergus Poynton, who joined the group in 2011 following his very successful spell as a Trinity College Scholar during his Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, defended his PhD Thesis (‘Spectroscopic Investigations into the Excited-state Processes and Reactivity of Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complexes’) today.

Celebratory Viva Party for Fergus. (Right to left: Thorri, Fergus, John and Fanny)

Celebratory Viva Party for Fergus. (Right to left: Thorri, Fergus, John and Fanny)

The four year research project was conducted in collaboration with Trinity’s Prof John Kelly and Dr. Susan Quinn of UCD from which came many high impact publications including one which made the cover of Nature Chemistry. Examiners, including Trinity’s Prof. Rachel Evans and Prof. Andrée Kirsch – De Mesmaeker (Fanny) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles,  joined the research group for a reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute afterwards to celebrate.

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.

TG Group host annual School of Chemistry Transition Year Programme

Between the 29th February and 4th of March, the TG group facilitated the Transistion Year (TY) outreach programme in Trinity. Each year the School of Chemistry invites TY high school students to visit the school to learn about the scientific research conducted in our laboratories.

On the Monday and Tuesday of the week long programme, one of our PhD students, Anna, was involved in demonstrating various practical laboratory experiments in the Cocker Lab, Trinity, such as, for example, the preparation of soap, the analysis of water hardness and the synthesis of Aspirin . They were then accompanied on a visit of the TG research lab on Wednesday where they engaged with post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Joe Byrne, who guided them through the research process, from synthesis to publication of scientific articles.

 

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Sam and Joe presenting to TY students

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On Thursday morning, Joe and PhD student, Sam, shared their work on molecular logic gates, recently published in Chemical Communications: DOI: 10.1039/C5CC05009J. They also gave a lecture on smart materials and chemical computation, which included the historical stories of the science behind logic and molecular logic in Ireland, ranging from the works of George Boole in Cork to A.P. de Silva in Belfast, to the most recent work from our own group. The students learned about molecular logic, lanthanides and soft materials, getting hands-on experience with real materials from our laboratory.

Students from Sion Hill, Blackrock

Students from Sion Hill, Blackrock

On Friday 4th March two classes from the Sion Hill school in Blackrock came to visit our laboratories and were taken on a guided tour of the facilities in TBSI by post-doctoral researcher Dr. Emma Veale, and PhD students, Amy, Dermot and Eoin followed by an interactive demonstration with Sam and Joe.

After the visit the students we had lunch together and the students had the opportunity to ask questions about research, science and future career.
Any other School interested in Chemistry outreach programs can contact Dr. Noelle Scully in the School of Chemistry, TCD.

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Students chatting with TG Group over lunch

Students chatting with TG Group over lunch