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2022-23


BOC Gases Bursary Awards

L-R: Chris Craig (on behalf of his son, Michael), Kevin Nolan and Aine Coogan each pictured being presented with a certificate by BoC Gases Representative Kieran Hennessy

The annual postgraduate BOC Gases bursaries were awarded to three PhD students from the School of Chemistry on Friday, January 20th. Students were nominated by their supervisors for consideration for the bursary in Semester 1 and a panel of the school’s academic staff judged the submissions. With great difficulty due to the high standard of submissions, the judges identified three students whose work shone above the rest.Kevin Nolan (Scanlan group) and Aine Coogan (Gun'Ko group) each gave a 15-minute presentation of their work to the school and to BOC Gases representative, Kieran Hennessy who presented them with certificates and their bursaries of €750 and €500 respectively. Michael Craig (Garcia-Melchor group), was the overall winner but was unable to attend the ceremony as he has recently graduated and gone to work abroad (congratulations Michael and best of luck!). He was represented by his father, Chris who received his certificate and €1,250 cheque on his behalf.

Congratulations to all three award recipients and sincere thanks to BOC Gases for their continued support of chemistry research and development!

Sun-Pilot Project led by Prof. Parvaneh Mokarian featured in CORDIS EU

Prof. Parvaneh Mokarian spoke to CORDIS EU
about her Sun-Pilot Project (Subwavelength Nanostructure Pilot) which develops novel anti-reflective nanostructures for the optics and automotive industries, and beyond.

Congratulations Parvaneh!

Partnership for the Future Program funding obtained by Prof. Paula Colavita (TCD) and Dr Suresh Pillai (Atlantic Technological University)

The team formed by Prof. Paula Colavita and Dr Suresh Pillai (Atlantic Technological University) is the recipient of one of the 15 funded teams under the SFI Frontiers for Partnership supporting research in TUs & IoTs.

Dr Suresh Pillai and Prof Paula Colavita will develop low-cost materials that allow commercial hydrogen production from renewable sources. This project is co-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

Congratulations Paula!

Partnership for the Future Program funding obtained by Prof. Mathias Senge (TCD) & Dr Mikhail Filatov (TUD)

The team formed by Prof. Mathias Senge and Dr Mikhail Filatov (TUD) is the recipient of one of the 15 funded teams under the SFI Frontiers for Partnership supporting research in Technical Universities & Institutes of Technology.
The project 'Dyes with Switchable Intersystem Crossing for Photonics’ has received €900k funding from SFI under the Partnership for the Future Program.

Congratulations Mathias!

2022 SFI Best International Engagement Award for Prof. Mick Morris

Prof. Mick Morris (School of Chemistry and AMBER Director) has been awarded the 2022 SFI Best International Engagement Award in recognition of his long-standing association and engagement with international companies, researchers, and policy makers. More information about the SFI awards can be found here.

Congratulations Mick!

Workshop On "The Chemistry of Cosmetics"

PhD student Áine Coogan from the Gunko Group recently organised a workshop on ‘The Chemistry of Cosmetics’ as part of the C’mere til I tell ye festival that marked Science week in Dublin. This idea started as one of the School of Chemistry Education & Public Engagement projects, and Áine turned it into a great event.

Congratulations Áine!

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi features on the Clarivate annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2022 list.

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi features on the Clarivate annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2022 list. In 2022, less than 7,000, or about 0.1%, of the world's researchers, in 21 research fields, have earned this exclusive distinction. The full list can be found here.

Congratulations Valeria! Amazing achievement!

School of Chemistry November Vivas"

Three viva voces took place within the School during November. Congratulations to Drs (elect) Lorna Doyle (McDonald Group), Claire Condon (Draper Group), and Lukas Hallen (Draper Group).

Many thanks to our external examiners Paul Walton (Univ. of York), Sylvestre Bonnet (Leiden University) and Prof. Edwin Constable (Univ. of Basel) and our internal examiners and chairs (Prof. Larisa Florea, Prof. Graeme Watson, Prof. Colm Delaney, Prof. Yurii Gun’ko and Prof. Aidan McDonald).

Class of 2022 Graduation

The remainder of 2022 SS Chemistry students graduated on Thursday November 24th. Congratulations to all and the greatest of success for the future!

Boland Group runners up in SFI Plastics Challenge

The team lead by Prof. John Boland were runners up in the SFI Plastics Challenge. Congratulations to John and his team! Read more about the programme here.

Saying farewell to Teresa McDonnell

On Friday 30th September, we said a fond farewell to Teresa McDonnell as she embarks on her well-deserved retirement! A wine reception was held in the Large Lecture Theatre and she was presented with a College print along with gifts and cards from colleagues.

Teresa’s retirement is a huge loss to the school as she has been with us for the last 30 years! Somewhat of a trailblazer, she was the first woman to hold the position of Chief Technical Officer in the College and she has been a constant source of knowledge, support, kindness, and advice throughout her tenure. She will be sorely missed by all!

Happy Retirement Teresa and thank you for all you have done through the years. Enjoy the extra leisure time and don't forget to stop in and see us for a cuppa occasionally!

 

 

Chemistry Workshops at the Ploughing Championships

A team led by Dr. John O’Donoghue represented Chemistry at the National Ploughing Championships.  The team included School of Chemistry PhD students Áine Coogan, Lucy Fitzsimmons and Munirah Ghariani (Gunko Group). They made batteries and tested out some hydrogen fuel cells.

Congratulations to all!

School of Chemistry welcomes Prof. Chris Batchelor-McAuley

Chris has been appointed to the position of Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry. His work spans from fundamental to applied, working on areas including energy conversion, medical sensing and nanochemistry. Prior to moving to Dublin he was a fellow of the Oxford Martin School and worked on the high-throughput detection and quantification of phytoplankton. Welcome Chris! All of your new colleagues are looking forward to working with you!

Outreach Workshops at Dublin Maker

Natalia Garcia Domenech, Chemistry Education Postdoc and School’s engagement coordinator, together with PhD students Áine Coogan (Gunko Group) and Karlijn Hertsig (Dunne Group) are running workshops at Dublin Maker.
Call into Merrion Sq to make batteries & take home a pack to try it yourself. What a great event.

Congratulations to the team!