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!
On Tuesday 30th May, 3rd year students Anna Aletti, Sandra Estalayo, Dermot 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!
Third Year PhD students Esther Surender and Fergus Poynton (pictured with Prof. Gunnlaugsson) presented their research to date to their peers from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, as part of the joint Dublin Chemistry graduate programme. The ‘Third Year Talk’ Symposium was a great success, with 30 students from the Schools of Chemistry in both Universities presenting and many more taking part in the discussions which followed each talk.
Esther and Fergus are now entering the final year of their postgraduate research with the TG Group.
The Dublin Chemistry Third Year Talks Symposium took place yesterday, May 30th, in University College Dublin. Dawn Barry and Joe Byrne were among the 48 chemists (pictured) from Trinity College and UCD presenting their work to each other over the course of the day.
Dawn’s talk was entitled “Circularly Polarized Lanthanide Luminescence from Langmuir‐Blodgett Films Formed from Optically Active Amphiliphic Eu(III) Based Self‐Assembled Complexes” and Joe’s presentation was called “Towards Interlocked Systems: Synthesis & Photophysical Evaluation of Novel Terdentate Frameworks for Transition Metal Coordination and Ln(III)‐Directed Self‐Assembly“.
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.
Jon presented some of his work at the RSC Materials Workshop on Multi-Functional Materials in the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology at University College Dublin. The RSC description for the meeting was as follows: “This is a two day meeting for researchers at all levels and is designed as a discursive workshop with a pedagogical element. The main theme is finding ways to use molecular magnets (SMMs and SCO complexes) in real devices. Talks will be delivered by leading experts and younger researchers including postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers.”