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2017

Gunnlaugsson article included in a collection of "groundbreaking papers" published in Chem

Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson

An article by Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson (School of Chemistry) has featured in a collection of groundbreaking papers published in Chem this month. Details on the collection of articles can be found by clicking here or to view Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson's article please click here.

Winner of Ireland‘s Young Chemist Prize has been awarded a prestigious international award at the World Chemistry Congress

Fergus Poynton

Following the award of the Royal Irish Academy Young Chemist Prize in June 2017, Dr Fergus Poynton was nominated by the Academy for the prestigious International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists.

Fergus was selected as one of five winners of the International Award for Young Chemists and was presented with his award at the World Chemistry Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July.

In 2008 the Irish prize winner, Dr Emilie Banide, also won one of the five international awards. In the history of the international awards there have only ever been two winners from Ireland.

Dr Poynton's thesis was entitled ‘Spectroscopic investigations into the excited state processes and reactivity of Ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes’. His novel research explored the (photophysical) properties of a Ru metal ion based complex which can act as an ultrafast light switch in the presence of DNA.

To read more about the Irish prize please click here

To learn more about Fergus and his research please click here

Congratulations to Dr. Fergus Poynton who will receive the International Award of Young Chemists at the 46th World Chemistry Congress (IUPAC 2017)

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Fergus Poynton, Prize winner and Pat Guiry MRIA, Science Secretary

Winner of Ireland’s Young Chemist Prize to be awarded prestigious international award at the World Chemistry Congress (IUPAC 2017) Every year the Royal Irish Academy awards a prize for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences. In 2016 the Academy selected Dr Fergus Poynton and his name was put forward for the prestigious International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists.

International Success

The Academy is delighted to announce that Dr Poynton has been selected as one of five winners of the International Award for Young Chemists. The award will be presented to Fergus at the World Chemistry Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July. Dr Poynton's thesis was entitled "Spectroscopic investigations into the excited state processes and reactivity of Ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes".

His novel research explored the (photophysical) properties of a Ru metal ion based complex which can act as an ultrafast light switch in the presence of DNA. It is also possible to determine the nature of the interaction of such complex molecules with DNA to improve our understanding as to how light-activated drug molecules may operate within living cells for phototherapeutic applications. The award winning essay described the thesis work and placed it in perspective to current research in the chemical sciences.

A number of publications have also arisen from this research including a feature on the December 2015 issue of Nature Chemistry. Fergus’ outstanding scholarship has been clear from an early stage. He obtained a first class honours degree in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin and was awarded the Gold Medal for his performance in his final year exams-the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an undergraduate of Trinity. He went on to obtain an Irish Research Council scholarship to carry out his PhD studies. He has made a major contribution to Trinity’s TG Supramolecular and Medicinal Chemistry Research Group.

 

Graduate Student Award at E-MRS
Spring Meeting 2017, Strasbourg France

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Congratulations to Joana Vasconcelos, a 4th year student under the supervision of Prof. Paula Colavita, on her Graduate Student Award at the E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017 in Strasbourg, France. Joana presented the work that she has developed for the last four years of PhD on “Understanding lipid-carbon interaction for the rational design of carbon-based biomaterials”.

Further Grant Success in Raw Materials
by NEAT Materials Group (Lyons/Fernandez)

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The School of Chemistry housed NEAT Raw Materials team have secured further funding for their transnational innovation activities. These Raw Materials projects integrate EU partners with Latin America and Australia in a series of innovative education and socio-technical projects, amounting to ca. 2.5 Million Euro in total of secured funds by the group over the last two years. The recently submitted proposal NEAT Consolidate has been selected as one of the winning projects by the EIT Raw Materials within the 2017 Call. After receiving the EIT accreditation for its innovation approach to Industrially relevant and focused PhD Education in 2016, and following award of the NEAT PhD Pilot programme (2017), NEAT Consolidate provides significant funding to cover activity during the period 2018-2020. The NEAT MATERIALS PhD Programme is coordinated by Dr Damaris Fernandez and Professor Mike Lyons is its Academic Director. Dr Fernandez and Professor Lyons have worked in the development and implementation of EIT based Raw Materials activities since 2012, facilitated by several National, EU and Industrial funding schemes. The EIT KIC activity within Trinity college Dublin will play an intimate role in the new TCD Innovation Hub.

 

RSC Award

Congratulations to Professor Aidan McDonald on being awarded the RSC's Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship 2017. This Fellowship is presented every two years for the encouragement of research in organometallic chemistry or the co-ordination chemistry of transition metals. Aidan won the award for discoveries made towards understanding the reactivity properties of high-valent late transitional metal oxidants, and towards the functionalisation of 2D nanomaterials through simple coordination chemistry techniques. The award comprises £2000, a medal and a certificate. The winner will also complete a UK lecture tour. For more information, see Trinity News and Events

New Head of School

photo of Prof. Mike Lyons

Congratulations to Prof. Mike Lyons on being elected as the new Head of School. Mike will start his three-year term of office on 1 July 2017.

BOC Gases Prize Winner 2016-2017

Congratulations to Yue Lu who was the recipient of the
2016/2017 BOC Gases Postgraduate Bursary.

2017 Newly Elected Fellows and Scholars
Trinity Monday Announcements

FELLOWSHIP: Congratulations to Professors Valeria Nicolosi and Mick Morris on their election as Fellows of the College on Trinity Monday.

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SCHOLARS: Congratulations to all of the students who were elected as Scholars on Trinity Monday and, in particular, the students who sat the Chemistry Scholar examinations* and Sylvia’s daughter Hannah.

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Margueritta Ella Goulden
Eleanor Windle*
Jessica Poppy Dolliver
Carl Beadle
Daniel Dunleavy
Aine McCabe
Eoin Simpson
Alva Casey

Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials
Sean Kavanagh*
Lucy Prendeville*

Web link: https://www.tcd.ie/Secretary/FellowsScholars/fellowship/index.php

18th National Eurachem Analytical Measurement
Competition (EAMC) Runners-Up.

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Congratulations to Lucy Prendeville and Seán Kavanagh, runners-up in the 18th National Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition (EAMC) hosted by DIT on Friday 7 April.
The EAMC Competition is open to teams of two full-time third-level registered students studying laboratory sciences in Universities or Institutes of Technology anywhere in Ireland and who have not yet entered the third year of their course. Two teams represented the School of Chemistry, TCD and these comprised Lucy Prendeville and Sean Kavanagh, and Annie Regan and Evlin Vincent.

Eurachem is an association of Professional European analysts with close links to bodies charged with promoting excellence and reliability in analytical measurement worldwide. It is a reference body for international standards from which industry, governments and others seek advice on best practice, laboratory accreditation and legal benchmarking. Eurachem (Ireland) consists of members from state bodies, industry and education, and conducts workshops and seminars for analysts, educators and managers on topics such as validation, measurement uncertainty and traceability.

Congratulations to Eoin McCarney on being selected to attend
the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany this summer.

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The scientific review panel of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings has selected School of Chemistry student Eoin McCarney (Thorri Gunnlaugsson's Group) to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting taking place from 25 to 30 June 2017 in Lindau, Germany. Only the 400 most qualified young scientists can be given the opportunity to enrich and share the unique atmosphere of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Congratulations Eoin!

Collaboration on bone nanoagent paper by Gunnlaugsson Group and Prof. Clive Lee (RCSI) featured by news agency Reuters.

Photo published for 3D 'bone maps' could spot early signs of osteoporosis

For the full Reuters report click here