News and events
Congratulations to the First Prize Winners for presentation in
Discover Research Dublin event last 25th September 2015 (Rozas' Group)
From left to right: Viola Previtali, Aaron Keogh and Paddy O'Sullivan
From left to right: Mr Emmet Sheerin (winner) and Dónall Mac Dónaill, Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate)
Congratulations to Emmet Sheerin who was awarded the prize for the Best Demonstrator to the Junior Freshman Physical Chemistry Class for 2014/2015. The award is based on the assessment of the undergraduate students and of the staff members in charge of the classes and recognises the efforts of School of Chemistry graduate students to deliver high quality laboratory instruction.
From left to right:Ms Adriana Magherusan (runner-up), Dr Tom McCabe and Mr Colm Delaney (winner)
Congratulations to Colm Delaney who was awarded the Barry-McCabe prize for excellence in demonstrating in Junior Freshman synthetic chemistry. Also to Adriana Magherusan who was runner-up.
The above prize has been established in the School of Chemistry to mark the long-standing contributions made to undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research by Mr. Brendan Barry (Chief Technical Officer) and Dr. Tom McCabe (Experimental Officer). The prize is awarded to an outstanding postgraduate demonstrator(s) of JF Chemistry module (CH1102) which spans synthetic aspects of inorganic and organic chemistry. The winner was selected at the end of the semester by a committee comprising representatives of the Cocker technical staff and academic staff in charge of the relevant JF laboratory sessions and input gathered via feedback from the JF undergraduate cohort.
Trinity Monday Announcements
FELLOWSHIP: Congratulations to Prof. Rachel Evans on her election as Fellow to the College on Trinity Monday.
From left to right: Profs Michael Lyons,
Rachel Evans, John Kelly
Prof. Rachel Evans and members of her group
Congratulations to all the students who were elected as Scholars of the College on Trinity Monday and in particular to the students who sat the Chemistry Scholar examinations*.
Laura Katharine Finnegan
Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials:
Simon Nicholas Smith
From left to right: Dónall Mac Dónaill, Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate), Alan Dorgan, Colm Healy (winner),
Marie Dorgan, Hugh Fay, Sylvia Draper (Head, School of Chemistry) and Peter Boyle
The Dorgan Prize was established in 2011 by the family of a former postgraduate student in the School of Chemistry, Brian Dorgan, in his memory.
It is awarded each year to the postgraduate student registered in the School who, in the opinion of a panel of judges, provides the best poster (and presentation) describing their research, and its potential impact on science and society.
This year's presentation session was held on Thursday 30 April at 12 noon in the SNIAM Lecture Theatre and the prize was awarded to Colm Healy for his talk entitled "Transition Metal Substituted Polyoxomolybdates as Water Oxidation Catalysts". The occasion was very special, marking in a very personal and memorable way the contribution of our Postgraduate community to the research life of the School.
Congratulations to Colm and to the other two finalists:
Michelle P. Browne: "Fabrication and Characterisation of Electrochromic Nickel Oxide Films for Smart Windows"
Harrison Omorodion: "Fluorous Ligands Design Towards Ln3+ and PGM Separation"
Sincere thanks to the Dorgan Family and our panel of judges:
• Hugh Fay (Manager of Analytical Solutions Group at Henkel Ireland Operations and Research Ltd.) • Peter Boyle (Fellow Emeritus, School of Chemistry, TCD).
From left to right: The 3 finalists; Colm Healy, Michelle P. Browne & Harrison Omorodion
Congratulations to Prof. Gunnlaugsson's group
Congratulations to the Gunnlaugsson group whose article ‘Synthesis, crystal structure and EPR spectroscopic analysis of novel copper complexes formed from N-pyridyl-4-nitro-1,8-naphthalimide ligands’ (Dalton Trans., 2014,43,6468-6479, DOI: 10.1039/C3DT53323A) was one of the top 20 most accessed Dalton Transactions articles from the 1900+ articles published in 2014. The work was carried out in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan A. Kitchen, a former IRCSET and SFI postdoctoral fellow in the Gunnlaugsson group in the TBSI and now a lecturer in inorganic chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Southampton, and with Dr. Grace Morgan and a Postdoctoral Fellow from her laboratory, Dr. Paulo N. Martinho, at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, UCD. To view the web collection of 2014’s most accessed Dalton Transactions articles, click here.
Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt awarded ERC Grant
Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt (School of Chemistry) &
Prof. Daniel Kelly (Dept. of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
Congratulations to Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt (School of Chemistry) one of seven researchers at Trinity College Dublin awarded EU European Research Council (ERC) prestigious grants.
Please see TCD link for more information: http://www.tcd.ie/news_events/articles/trinity-is-awarded-the-most-funding-nationally-in-prestigious-eu-european-research-council-awards
Transformative Chemist Welcomed to Trinity
Internationally renowned inorganic chemist, Professor Karl Wieghardt, delivered the 2015 Cocker Lecture
Professor Karl Wieghardt, the internationally renowned inorganic chemist, was welcomed to Trinity College Dublin to deliver the 2015 Cocker Lecture. Among his many awards are the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Centenary Medal, the American Chemical Society’s Award in Inorganic Chemistry, and the Wilhelm-Klemm Prize.
Professor Wieghardt, the founding director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Bioanorganische Chemie (1994 – 2010), spoke enthusiastically about how progress in the field stemmed from the days of trailblazer Alfred Werner, who is referred to as the Founder of Coordination Chemistry.
Professor in Chemistry at Trinity, Sylvia Draper, said: ‘This fascinating, historical account of Alfred Werner’s celebrated paper of 1910, revealed the character of the man who took scant information to systematically define an entirely new branch of chemistry. On measuring the charge, elemental composition and chirality of a series of compounds he determined unequivocally that the metal coordination geometry was octahedral. In a stroke of genius (or good fortune!) and without any of the benefits of later theories and techniques, he undertook investigations on the one complex system in which his observations were valid – Cobalt(III). It is clear that his co-workers were gifted experimental researchers and that their supervisor left no room for self-doubt!’
The Cocker Lectures commemorates the life and work of Professor Wesley Cocker, who held the Chairs of General Chemistry and University Professor of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin until 1978. He was responsible for introducing spectroscopic techniques in the elucidation of stereochemical transformations, not only in the College but in Ireland. He was proud of his Lancashire roots and a devout Methodist with a wry sense of humour. It was wonderful to see his daughter Katharine Given and her husband at the event.
Dr. Mary Carson and Professors Brian McMurry and David Grayson were all appointed as young lecturers to during Professor Cocker’s tenure as Head and this legacy in the Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Discipline is still very much alive.
Congratulations to Elaine Kelly for her excellent work in her role as Chemistry Editor and to all the Chemistry undergraduates who submitted an article for publication, in the new TSSR (Trinity Student Scientific Review) (http://trinityssr.com/) Journal.
The authors of the five published and price winning chemistry review articles were:
Best Chemistry Essay:
“Targeting ligands and Nanovehicles: A Novel Approach to Lung Cancer Therapy”.
Shelly Stafford (JS Chemistry)
Best Freshman Essay:
“The Uses and Limitations of Absorption Spectroscopy in the Development of Non Invasive Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems”
Kate Reidy (SF N-PCAM)
“Production of Hydrogen and its Role in the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy”
David Madden, (SF Chemistry)
“Minor DNA Groove Binding Agent Optimisation”
Rory Scanlon (SF Medicinal Chemistry)
“Developments in Metal Organic Frameworks for Utilisation in Catalysis”
Joseph Eiffe, (JS Chemistry)
Elaine Kelly (JS Chemistry student and a scholar of TCD) was the 2015 TSSR, Chemistry Editor.
Photo left to right: The BC winners ‘The Chemistry of Fuel Cells’ with Prof Mike Lyons and Ms. Michelle Browne
The Senior Freshman School of Chemistry Broad Curriculum Finals were held on the 27th of February in the Tercentenary Hall in the Trinity Biosciences Institute (TBSI). The Finals were attended by over 200 secondary school students from 7 secondary schools in the Dublin area, academics from the School of Chemistry and the SF chemistry class.
A huge Thank You to the judging panel, which was made up of:
Michael Seery, (RSC representative and Lecturer in DIT)
David Birkett, (Henkel Ireland)
Patricia Duffy , (Secondary School teacher, St. Mary’s Baldoyle)
Winners: The Chemistry of Fuel Cells
Staff Mentor: Prof. Mike Lyons
BC co-ordinator: Ms. Michelle Browne
2nd place: The Chemistry of Anaesthesia
Staff Mentor: Prof. David Grayson
BC co-ordinator: Mr. Robert Conway-Kenny
3rd place: Pencil Case Chemistry
Staff Mentor: Prof. Valeria Nicolosi
BC co-ordinator: Mr. Riley Gatensby
For a more detailed description of this event please see the Outreach section on the School of Chemistry's website.
This year’s BC final was sponsored by RSC and Lennox.