Sachi successfully defends his PhD thesis!

Congratulations to Sachi, who successfully defended his PhD thesis today, entitled “Luminescent Self-assembled Supramolecular Polymers and Microspheres Based on Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) Derivatives”.

After the viva examination, Sachi and his examiner David K. Smith joined the rest of the TG group for a celebratory reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.

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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.

 

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.

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.

Esther Surender successfully defends her PhD Thesis!

Esther Surender, who joined the group in 2011 following her MSci degree in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast, defended her PhD Thesis (‘Lanthanide Cyclen-Based Gold Nanoparticles and Micellar Systems as Luminescent and Magnetic Contrast Agents for Diagnostic Imaging’) today.

Celebratory reception for Esther

Celebratory reception for Esther

The four year research project was conducted in collaboration with Prof Clive Lee at RCSI and Prof Dermot Brougham at UCD. Examiners, including Trinity’s Prof. Eoin Scanlan, Prof. David Parker from the University of Durham and Viva Chair Prof. Joanna McGouran joined the research group for a reception in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute afterwards to celebrate.

 

Left to right: Thorri, Esther and Prof. Parker

Left to right: Thorri, Esther and Prof. Parker