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2020


Prof. Max Garcia-Melchor wins Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Young Researchers

We are delighted to announce that the Organometallic Chemistry Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry award for young researchers 2020 has been awarded to Prof. Max Garcia-Melchor for 'his contributions to organometallic chemistry from the perspective of the computational modelling of various types of catalysis with metals’.

More details can be found here: http://geqo.es/en/premios-geqo/premios-2020/.

Congratulations Max from everyone in the School!

Professor Aidan McDonald Elected to College Fellowship

Professor Aidan McDonald

Congratulations to Professor Aidan McDonald who was elected to College Fellowship On Trinity Monday!

Aidan is an Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. Aidan received a B.A. in Chemistry from TCD in 2002 and completed Ph.D. studies at the University of Utrecht in 2008. Following that he performed postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota. Aidan returned to TCD in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. Aidan was previously a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein fellow and a Marie Curie fellow, and currently holds both an ERC Starting Grant and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. He was recently honoured with the award of the Royal Society of Chemistry Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship and was awarded the EuroBIC medal for 2020. Aidan’s research group focuses on the field of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, a field that explores the roles metals play in Biology. His group investigates the role of manganese in DNA synthesis and repair as well as the potential of biomimetic iron, nickel, and copper systems for the design of new man-made catalysts.

A full list of newly elected Fellows and Scholars can be found here.

Senge Group Wins Laboratory Team of the Year

Senge group photo

Congratulations to Professor Mathias Senge and his research group members who won Laboratory Team of the Year at the Irish Laboratory Awards on March 5th. Some pictures from the night are below.

BoC Gases Bursary Awards 2019

L-R: Shelley Stafford, Susan Callaghan and Neil Taylor each pictured being presented with a certificate by BoC Gases managing director Andreas Bieringer

The annual postgraduate BoC Gases bursaries were awarded to three PhD students from the School of Chemistry yesterday, Thursday January 16th. 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. Shelley Stafford (Gun’Ko group), Susan Callaghan (Senge group) and Neil Taylor (McGouran group) each gave a 15-minute presentation of their work to the school and to BoC Gases representatives including Managing Director Andreas Bieringer who presented them with certificates and their bursaries of €1,000, €600 and €400 respectively.

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

Remembering Dr Mary Carson

Mary carson RIP

Everyone in the School of Chemistry was deeply saddened just before Christmas to hear of the passing of our friend and former colleague, Dr Mary Carson. Professor Peter Boyle remembers her below.

MARY CARSON                      IN MEMORIAM

We have lost a friend, we have lost a colleague, we have lost one who dedicated the whole of her professional life to Trinity and to its chemistry department.   Mary Carson died on Sunday 8th December 2019 in the loving care of the staff of the Gascoigne home in Dublin where she had been so well looked after during her last difficult months and it is with a great sense of sadness that we record her passing. As the first female lecturer in the School of Chemistry, she blazed a trail for all those who came after her!  She joined the academic staff of Trinity Chemistry Department in 1967 and served faithfully in that capacity until 2000 when at the age of 60 she took early retirement.   Apart from a short period of teaching in Zambia, she spent her whole working life in Trinity.  She had come from Alexandra College with an entrance scholarship in 1958 and she graduated in Trinity in 1962 with a first-class moderatorship.   She was in every sense an intellectual, and it was a natural progression for her to proceed to a PhD degree under the supervision of Professor Cocker.  And then, after obtaining her doctorate in 1965 she was privileged to carry out research with Professor Prelog in the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich, commonly known as the ETH.     This was, and still is, one of the leading chemistry departments in the world, and Professor Prelog was one of the most distinguished chemists of his time.   He was to go on to receive the Nobel prize in 1975.   Mary came to us therefore with impeccable credentials and in Trinity she settled down to a lifetime of service.   Always ready and willing to undertake whatever was required of her, she will be particularly remembered for work in keeping the departmental library together.  Although there is no library now in the chemistry department – journals today are available online – in Mary's time the library was the nerve centre for all research and it demanded a huge amount of work to keep it going efficiently.  Many of us still remember meeting Mary in College Park on a Friday, pushing a carrier on wheels packed with all the new journals that had come in.   Mary had taken upon herself the onerous job of collecting them every week from the main library and bringing them down to chemistry.  But Mary's horizons stretched much further than chemistry.  She was very much involved in her church in Adelaide Road, and she had an abiding interest in music - not just listening to it but also making it.   She was a keen choir singer and an accomplished performer on the recorder.   Mary was also a key member of the Dublin Naturalists' Field Club, and was able to link this with her chemical interests.  Finally, she was one of the most conscientious, helpful and sympathetic tutors in College, always prepared to devote her time unstintingly to any student with a problem, be it academic or personal in nature.   When Mary retired in 2000, she continued to serve Trinity when she threw herself enthusiastically into the great annual book sale. Those of you who know it will realise what a monumental effort it is.   Thousands of books are donated throughout the year and all have to be taken in, sorted and priced, and finally set out for sale in the exam hall.   Mary quietly and efficiently and with no fuss did a great amount of work for the College and it is sad to think that with her passing another link with earlier days has now gone for ever.   We remember her with gratitude for her contribution to the Chemistry Department and to the College, but above all we remember her as a loyal colleague and a good friend.