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Professor Sylvia Draper
Professor, Chemistry
Dean of FSTEM, Faculty Office - FSTEM


Prof. Sylvia Draper graduated in Chemistry from the University of Exeter (1:1) in 1988. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1991, working with Dr. C. Housecroft on 'Boron Butterfly Clusters'. Since 1993, after a short PD fellowship with Prof. D. Cardin, Sylvia has worked as a lecturer, fellow and now Professor in Inorganic and Synthetic Materials Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin.

Sylvia'a career represents many firsts, the most current being her appointment as secretary to the Royal Irish Academy's (RIA) Mathematics and Physical Sciences Committee. She was the first Trinity recipient of both a Provost Teaching Award and a National Award for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) in 2008. She is heavily engaged in student-led teaching and scholarship and has been nominated by students for the Provost's teaching award annually since its inception.

She has held several senior management positions as Head of Discipline in Inorganic and Synthetic Materials from 2003-11 and as Head of the School of Chemistry from 2013-17. In 2017 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). This was in recognition of her contribution to the discipline and of her role as the sole Irish representative on the Society's Dalton Division Council and several of its award committees. She is currently the Irish Representative on the RSC Heads of Chemistry UK standing committee and the Chair of its local Irish section (the first female to hold this position).

She is passionate about the public promotion of science (RTE 1 Pat Kenny, Sean O'Rourke, Newstalk) and continues to work closely with the Higher Education Authority (Leaving Certificate Assessment) and others, on matters of educational policy and outreach. She has a number of educational publications and is an active contributor to RTE Brain Storm, a platform for public engagement in science.

A strong advocate for Trinity, Sylvia has been on a number of senior appointment, selection and review committees both internal and external to College. She is currently the Chair of the College Library and Information Policy Committee, a role which has involved her in furthering the strategic objectives of its library and IT academic support services.

She is an active researcher, a founding member of CRANN and co-PI in AMBER 2 and an discipline expert and reviewer (recently concluding an 8 year stint on the European Research Council's starter and collaborator PE5 award panels). In 2018 Sylvia was awarded the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland's prestigious David Brown award 'in recognition of [her] outstanding contribution to inorganic chemistry both nationally and internationally. She also became the proud supervisor of the RIA's Chemistry Ph.D. graduate of the year. 2018 also saw her spear-head a successful Dublin bid to host the 47th Inorganic Coordination Chemistry Conference. This is one of the longest standing and most highly respected conferences in field of inorganic chemistry.

In 2018 she was re-elected for a second 4 year term as a fellow's representative on the Board of the College. Sylvia sits of several College Boards including that of the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute. She has been an advocate for action in the area of gender, equality and diversity throughout her career. She Chairs the School of Chemistry's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team and has been a vocal contributor to the College's Athena SWAN Committee through which she has been driving institutional change in this area.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hallen, L. and Horan, A.M. and Twamley, B. and McGarrigle, E.M. and Draper, S.M., Accessing unsymmetrical Ru(ii) bipyridine complexes: a versatile synthetic mechanism for fine tuning photophysical properties, Chemical Communications, 59, (3), 2022, p330-333 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Claire Condon, Robert Conway-Kenny, Xiaoneng Cui, Lukas J. Hallen, Brendan Twamley, Jianzhang Zhao, Graeme W. Watson, Sylvia M. Draper, Exploring the dark: detecting long-lived Nile Red 3ILCT states in Ru(ii) polypyridyl photosensitisers, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Conway-Kenny, R. and Ferrer-Ugalde, A. and Careta, O. and Cui, X. and Zhao, J. and Nogués, C. and Núñez, R. and Cabrera-González, J. and Draper, S.M., Ru(ii) and Ir(iii) phenanthroline-based photosensitisers bearing: O -carborane: PDT agents with boron carriers for potential BNCT, Biomaterials Science, 9, (16), 2021, p5691-5702 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Cabrera-González, J. and Soriano, J. and Conway-Kenny, R. and Wang, J. and Lu, Y. and Zhao, J. and Nogués, C. and Draper, S.M., Multinuclear Ru(II) and Ir(III) decorated tetraphenylporphyrins as efficient PDT agents, Biomaterials Science, 7, (8), 2019, p3287-3296 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Ren, J., Larkin, E., Delaney, C., Song, Y., Jin, X., Amirjalayer, S., Bakker, A., Du, S., Gao, H., Zhang, Y.-Y., Draper, S.M., Fuchs, H., Chemistry of 4-[(4-bromophenyl)ethynyl]pyridine at metal surfaces studied by STM, Chemical Communications, 54, (67), 2018, p9305 - 9308 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Qian Shen, Eugene J. Larkin, Colm Delaney, Yingchun Cheng, Chunyang Miao, Xiong Zhou, Lacheng Liu, Wei Huang, Hongying Gao, Sylvia M. Draper, Harald Fuchs, Coordination Reactions of 5-(2-(4-Bromophenyl)ethynyl)pyrimidine in On-Surface Synthesis, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122, (16), 2018, p8954--8959 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Wang, Junsi, Lu, Yue, McCarthy, William, Conway-Kenny, Robert, Twamley, Brendan, Zhao, Jianzhang, Draper, Sylvia M., Novel ruthenium and iridium complexes of N-substituted carbazole as triplet photosensitisers, Chemical Communications, 54, (9), 2018, p1073-1076 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Lu, Y, Conway-Kenny, R, Wang, J, Cui, X, Zhao, J, Draper, S M, Exploiting coumarin-6 as ancillary ligands in 1,10-phenanthroline Ir(iii) complexes: generating triplet photosensitisers with high upconversion capabilities., Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003), 47, 2018, p8585 - 8589 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Wijesinghe, L.P., Perera, S.D., Larkin, E., Máille, G.M.Ó., Conway-Kenny, R., Lankage, B.S., Wang, L., Draper, S.M., [2 + 2 + 2] cyclotrimerisation as a convenient route to 6N-doped nanographenes: A synthetic introduction to hexaazasuperbenzenes, RSC Advances, 7, (39), 2017, p24163-24167 Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Yue Lu, Robert Conway-Kenny, Brendan Twamley, Niamh McGoldrick, Jianzhang Zhao, Sylvia M. Draper, Front Cover: 1,10-Phenanthroline Ruthenium(II) Complexes as Model Systems in the Search for High-Performing Triplet Photosensitisers: Addressing Ligand versus Metal Effects (ChemPhotoChem 12/2017), ChemPhotoChem, 1, (12), 2017, p532--532 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

L. P. Wijesinghe, S. D. Perera, E. Larkin, G. M. Ó Máille, R. Conway-Kenny, B. S. Lankage, L. Wang, S. M. Draper, , [2+2+2] cyclotrimerisation as a convenient route to 6N-doped nanographenes: a synthetic introduction to hexaazasuperbenzenes;, RSC Advances, 7, 2017, p24163 - 2416 Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Lu, Yue, Conway-Kenny, Robert, Twamley, Brendan, McGoldrick, Niamh, Zhao, Jianzhang, Draper, Sylvia M., 1,10-Phenanthroline Ruthenium(II) Complexes as Model Systems in the Search for High-Performing Triplet Photosensitisers: Addressing Ligand versus Metal Effects, Chemphotochem, 1, (12), 2017, p544-552 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Wang, L.-S., Lu, Y., Máille, G.M.O., (...), Nolan, D., Draper, S.M., Sonogashira Cross-Coupling as a Route to Tunable Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Rods with a Polyoxometalate Backbone, Inorganic Chemistry, 55, (19), 2016, p9497-9500 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Wang J., Lu Y., McGoldrick N., Zhang C., Yang W., Zhao J., Draper S., Dual phosphorescent dinuclear transition metal complexes, and their application as triplet photosensitizers for TTA upconversion and photodynamic therapy, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 4, (25), 2016, p6131-6139 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Yue Lu,[a] Niamh McGoldrick,[a] Frances Murphy,[a] Brendan Twamley,[a] Xiaoneng Cui,[b] Colm Delaney,[a] Gearóid M. Ó Máille,[a] Junsi Wang,[a] Jianzhang Zhao[b] and Sylvia M. Draper*[a], Highly efficient triplet photosensitizers: a systematic approach to the application of Ir(III) complexes containing extended phenanthrolines, Chemistry - a European Journal, 22, 2016, p11349 - 11356 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Lu, Y., Wang, J., McGoldrick, N., Cui, X., Zhao, J., Caverly, C., Twamley, B., Ó Máille, G.M., Irwin, B., Conway-Kenny, R., Draper, S.M., Iridium(III) Complexes Bearing Pyrene-Functionalized 1,10-Phenanthroline Ligands as Highly Efficient Sensitizers for Triplet"Triplet Annihilation Upconversion, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 55, (47), 2016, p14688 - 14692 Journal Article, 2016

Delaney, C., Ó Máille, G.M., Twamley, B., Draper, S.M., One-Pot, High-Yielding, Oxidative Cyclodehydrogenation Route for N-Doped Nanographene Synthesis, Organic Letters, 18, (1), 2016, p88-91 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

C. Delaney, S. D. Perera, G.M. O". Ma"ille and S. M. Draper, Intriguing Diels-Alder products: Chiral Centres with an added twist, Chemical Communications, 50, (13), 2014, p1599 - 1601 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Wijesinghe, LP, Lankage, BS, Maille, GMO, Perera, SD, Nolan, D, Wang, LS, Draper, SM, Methoxy functionalisation: exerting synthetic control of the supramolecular and electronic structure of nitrogen-doped nanographenes, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 50, (73), 2014, p10637-10640 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

Wahab, Ikarastika Rahayu Abdul, Wong, Nikki Siu Hai, Boylan, Fabio, CCDC 865486: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination, Cambridge Structural Database, 2013 Journal Article, 2013

D. Nolan, B. Gil, L. S. Wang, J. Z. Zhao and S. M. Draper*, , Structure-Property Relationships and O-1(2) Photosensitisation in Sterically Encumbered Diimine Pt-II Acetylide Complexes, Chemistry - A European Journal, 19(46), 15615 - (46), 2013, p15615 - 15626 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

N. B. Mc Goldrick, B. Marzec, P. N. Scully and S. M. Draper , Implementing a Multidisciplinary Program for Developing Learning, Communication, and Team-Working Skills in Second-Year Undergraduate Chemistry Students, Journal of Chemical Education, 90, 2013, p338 - 344 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Lianlian Liu , Dandan Huang , Sylvia M Draper , Xiuyu Yi , Wanhua Wu and Jianzhang Zhao , Visible light-harvesting trans bis(alkylphosphine) platinum(II)-alkynyl complexes showing long-lived triplet excited states as triplet photosensitizers for triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion, Dalton Transactions, 42, (30), 2013, p10694-10706 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI

Savarimuthu Philip Anthony, Longsheng Wang, Sunil Varughese and Sylvia M. Draper, A structurally versatile coordination polymer: demonstrating spontaneous resolution, conformational polymorphism and gel formation, CrystEngComm , 33, 2013, p6602 - 6605 Journal Article, 2013 DOI TARA - Full Text

Angelika Graczyk, Frances A. Murphy, Deanne Nolan,, Terpyridine-fused Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons generated via Cyclodehydrogenation and used as Ligands in Ru(II) Complexes, RSC Dalton Transactions, 41, (25), 2012, p7746 - 7754 Journal Article, 2012 DOI TARA - Full Text

Ollagnier, Cecile M. A., Nolan, Deanne, Fitchett, Christopher M., Draper, Sylvia M., 4 '-(pyridyl)-2,2 ':6 ',2 ''-Terpyridine ligands: discrete metal complexes and their polymeric assemblies as a function of N-pyridyl substitution patterns, Supramolecular Chemistry, 24, (8), 2012, p563-571 Journal Article, 2012

Ollagnier, C.M.A. and Nolan, D. and Fitchett, C.M. and Draper, S.M., 4′-(pyridyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-Terpyridine ligands: Discrete metal complexes and their polymeric assemblies as a function of N -pyridyl substitution patterns, Supramolecular Chemistry, 24, (8), 2012, p563-571 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Ollagnier, C.M.A., Nolan, D., Fitchett, C.M., Draper, S.M., 4"-(pyridyl)-2,2":6",2"-Terpyridine ligands: Discrete metal complexes and their polymeric assemblies as a function of N -pyridyl substitution patterns, Supramolecular Chemistry, 24, (8), 2012, p563-571 Journal Article, 2012

Roberts, DJ, Nolan, D, Maille, GMO, Watson, GW, Singh, A, Ledoux-Rak, I, Draper, SM, The synthesis and characterisation of novel ferrocenyl polyphenylenes, Dalton Transactions, 41, (29), 2012, 8850-8860 Journal Article, 2012 DOI TARA - Full Text

Dilwyn J. Roberts, Deanne Nolan, Gearóid M. Ó Máille, Graeme W. Watson, Anu Singh, Isabelle Ledoux-Rak,Sylvia M. Draper, The Synthesis and Characterisation of Novel Ferrocenyl Polyphenylenes, RSC Dalton Transactions, 41, (29), 2012, p8850 - 8860 Journal Article, 2012 DOI Other

Metal-based molecular switches generated in, editor(s)Yarwood, Douthwaite and Duckett , Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds , Special Periodic Reports, RSC, 2012, pp166 - 215, [Gearoid M. O" Maille, Sylvia M. Draper] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

C.M.A. Ollagnier; D. Nolan; C. M. Fitchett, S.M. Draper, 4'-(pyridyl)-2,2':6',2'';-Terpyridine ligands: discrete metal complexes and their polymeric assemblies as a function of N-pyridyl substitution patterns, Supramolecular Chemistry, 24, (8), 2012, p563 - 571 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Ómáille, G.M., Draper, S.M., Metal-Based molecular switches generated from dithienyl ethene (DTE), Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds, 43, 2012, p166-215 Journal Article, 2012

Woolf A, Chaplin AB, McGrady JE, Alibadi MAM, Rees N, Draper SM, Murphy FA, Weller AS, {Rh(PiBu3)2}+ fragments ligated to arenes: from benzene to polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Part I. An experimental approach , Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. , 10, 2011, p1614 - 1625 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

S. P. Anthony, C. Delaney, S.Varughese, L. Wang, S.M. Draper*a, Supramolecular luminescent system based on 2-cyano-3(4-(diphenylamino)phenyl) acrylic acid: Chiral luminescent host for selective CH3CN sensor, CrystEngComm, 13, (22), 2011, p6706 - 6711 Journal Article, 2011 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Deanne Nolan, Belén Gil, Frances A. Murphy and Sylvia M. Draper, Propellers and Planes: Phosphorescent Pt(II) s-acetylides from polyaromatic ligands, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 21, (21), 2011, p3248 - 3256 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

Woolf, A. and Chaplin, A.B. and McGrady, J.E. and Alibadi, M.A.M. and Rees, N. and Draper, S. and Murphy, F. and Weller, A.S., {Rh(PiBu3)2, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, (10), 2011, p1614-1625 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Colin J. Martin, Belen Gil, Sarath D. Perera and Sylvia M. Draper, Oxidative bond formation in di-thienyl polyphenylenes: the optical and electrochemical consequences, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 10, 2011, p3491 - 3499 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Stephen A. Bradley, Brian J. Bresnan, Sylvia M. Draper, Niall W. A. Geraghty, Mark Jeffares, Thomas McCabe, T. Brian H. McMurry and John E. O'Brien, Photochemical [2 + 2] cycloaddition reactions of 6-alkenyl-3-phenylcyclohex-2-en-1-ones: using biradical conformation control to account for exceptions to the "rule of five", Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 47, (12), 2011, p2959 - 2968 Journal Article, 2011 DOI TARA - Full Text

Belén Gil, Gareth A. Cooke, Deanne Nolan, Gearóid M. Ó Máille, Sunil Varughese, Longsheng Wang and Sylvia M. Draper*, A dinuclear extension to constrained heteroleptic Cu(I) systems, Dalton Transactions, 40, (33), 2011, p8320 - 8327 Journal Article, 2011 DOI TARA - Full Text

Martin C.J., Gil B., Draper S.M., Thienyl directed polyaromatic C-C bond fusions: S-doped hexabenzocoronenes , Chemical Communications, 47, (12), 2011, p3616 - 3618 Journal Article, 2011 DOI TARA - Full Text

Gareth Cooke, Gearóid M. Ó Máille, Roberto Quesada, Longsheng Wang, Sunil Varughese and Sylvia M. Draper, Substituted Pyridazines As Ligands In Homoleptic (fac and mer) and Heteroleptic Ru(II) Complexes, Dalton Transactions, 40, (32), 2011, p8206 - 8212 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text URL DOI

S. Varughese, S. M. Draper, Pyridazines in Crystal Engineering: A Systematic Evaluation of the Role of Isomerism and Steric Factors in Determining Crystal Packing and Nano/Microcrystal Morphologies, Cryst. Growth Des, 10, (6), 2010, p2571 - 2580 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

S. P. Anthony, S. Varughese, S.M. Draper, Impact of molecular structure on intermolecular interactions and organic luminescence in supramolecular systems, Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, 23, (11), 2010, p1074 - 1079 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

S. Varughese, S. M. Draper , Solid State Conformational Preferences of a Flexible Molecular Backbone Derived from Acetone: Dependence on Electron Donating/Withdrawing Ability of Substitutions, Crystal Growth and Design, 10, (5), 2010, p2298 - 2305 Journal Article, 2010 URL DOI

Roberts DJ, Gregg DJ, Fitchett CM, Draper SM* , Ferrocenyl-Polyphenylenes - Toward Metallo-Organic Polyaromatics, Organometallics, 29, (23), 2010, p6541 - 6547 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

S.P.Anthony, S.M.Draper, Nano/Microstructure Fabrication of Functional Organic Material: Polymorphic Structure and Tunable Luminescence, Journal Physical Chemistry C, 114, (27), 2010, p11708 - 11716 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Áine Mooney, Alan J. Corry, Cliodhna Ní Ruairc, Thamir Mahgoub, Dermot O'Sullivan, Norma O'Donovan, John Crown, Sunil Varughese, Sylvia M. Draper, Dilip K. Rai and Peter T. M. Kenny , Synthesis, characterisation and biological evaluation of N-(ferrocenyl)naphthoyl amino acid esters as anticancer agents , Dalton Transactions, 39, (35), 2010, p8228 - 8239 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Frances A. Murphy, Sylvia M. Draper , Superaromatic Terpyridines: Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronenes with Tridentate Functionality, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 75, (6), 2010, p1862 - 1870 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Switching-On: the Copper Age in, editor(s)Bruno Pignataro , Ideas in Chemistry and molecular Science, Wiley-VCH, 2010, pp343-360 , [B.Gil-Ibanez, S. M. Draper] Book Chapter, 2010

Murphy, Frances A., Suarez, Stephane, Figgemeier, Egbert, Schofield, Emma R., Draper, Sylvia M., Robust Self-Assembled Monolayers of Ru-II and Os-II Polypyridines on Gold Surfaces: Exploring New Potentials, Chemistry-a European Journal, 15, (23), 2009, p5740-5748 Journal Article, 2009

F. A. Murphy, S. Suárez, E. Figgemeier, E. R. Schofield, S. M. Draper., 'Robust Self-Assembled Monolayers of Ru(II) and Os(II) Polypyridines on Gold Surfaces: Exploring New Potentials' , Chemistry a European Journal, 15, (23), 2009, p5740 - 5748 Journal Article, 2009 DOI TARA - Full Text

Varughese, Sunil, Cooke, Gareth, Draper, Sylvia M., N-Substituted pyridazines as building blocks in novel supramolecular architectures, Crystengcomm, 11, (8), 2009, p1505-1508 Journal Article, 2009

P.S. Anthony, S. Varughese, S.M. Draper., Switching and tuning organic solid state luminescence via a supramolecular approach, Chemical Communications, 48, 2009, p7500 - 7502 Journal Article, 2009 DOI TARA - Full Text

B.W. Moran, F.P. Anderson, A. Devery, S. Cloonan, W. E. Butler, S. Varughese, S.M. Draper, P.T.M. Kenny, Synthesis, Structural Characterisation and Biological Evaluation of Fluorinated Analogues of Resveratrol, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, 17, (13), 2009, p4510 - 4522 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

S. Varughese, G. Cooke, S. M. Draper., N-substituted Pyridazines as Building Blocks in Novel Supramolecular Architectures, CrystEngComm , 11, (8), 2009, p1505 - 1508 Journal Article, 2009 DOI TARA - Full Text

Cecile M. A. Ollagnier, Sarath D. Perera, Christopher M. Fitchett and Sylvia M. Draper , Rhodium and Palladium Complexes of a Pyridyl-centred Polyphenylene., Dalton Transactions, 2 , 2008, p283 - 290 Journal Article, 2008 TARA - Full Text DOI

Martin, C.J., Perera, S.D., Draper, S.M., Thiophene containing polyaromatic hydrocarbons , Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Materials, Structures and Systems - Smart Materials and Micro/Nanosystems , CIMTEC 2008 - Structures and Systems - Smart Materials and Micro/Nanosystems, edited by Pietro VINCENZINI and Giuseppe D'ARRIGO , 54, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland, 2008, pp120-122 Conference Paper, 2008 DOI

G. A. Scalabrino, N. Hogan, K.M.O'Boyle, G.R. Slator, D.J.Gregg, C.M.Fitchett, S.M.Draper, G.W. Bennet, P.M.Hinkle, K.Bauer, Discovery of a Dual Action, First-in-class Peptide that mimics and enhances CNS-mediated actions of Thyrotropin-releasing Hormone , Neuropharmacology, 52, (7), 2007, p1472 - 1481 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Ollagnier, C.M., Nolan, D., Fitchett, C.M., Draper, S.M., [Ru(3-pyridyl-4"-terpy)2]2+ as a metallo-ligand - Adding to the complexity of supramolecular polymers, Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 10, (9), 2007, p1045-1048 Journal Article, 2007

Ollagnier, Cecile M., Nolan, Deanne, Fitchett, Christopher M., Draper, Sylvia M., [Ru(3-pyridyl-4'-terpy)(2)](2+) the complexity of as a metallo-ligand - Adding to supramolecular polymers, Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 10, (9), 2007, p1045-1048 Journal Article, 2007

Cecile M. Ollagnier, Deanne Nolan, Christopher M. Fitchett, Sylvia M.Draper, Ru(3-pyridyl-4'-terpy)2]2+ as a Metallo-ligand - Adding to the Complexity of Supramolecular Polymers, Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 10, (9), 2007, p1045-1048 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Anthony Coleman, Sylvia M. Draper, Conor Long, and Mary T. Pryce , Photochemical cis-trans Isomerization of cis-( 6-1,2-Diphenylethene)Cr(CO)3 and the Molecular Structure of trans-( 6-1,2-Diphenylethene)Cr(CO)3, Organometallics, 26, (7), 2007, p4128 - 4134 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Daniel J. Gregg, Christopher M. Fitchett, Sylvia M. Draper, Intermolecular interactions of extended aromatic ligands: the synchrotron molecular structure of [Ru(bpy)2(N-HSB)].2PF6 and [Ru(bpy)2(N-1/2HSB)].2PF6, Chemical Communications, 29, 2006, p3090 - 3092 Journal Article, 2006 DOI TARA - Full Text

Daniel J. Gregg, Cecile M. A. Ollagnier, Christopher M. Fitchett, Sylvia M. Draper, Structurally Characterized Hetero-Oligopolyphenylenes: Synthetic Advances Toward Next-Generation Heterosuperbenzenes, Chemistry - A European Journal, 12, (11), 2006, p3043 - 3052 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Goel, A. and Savage, D. and Alley, S.R. and Hogan, T. and Kelly, P.N. and Draper, S.M. and Fitchett, C.M. and Kenny, P.T.M., The synthesis and structural characterization of N-para-ferrocenyl benzoyl dipeptide esters: The X-ray crystal structure of N-{para-(ferrocenyl)benzoyl, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 691, (22), 2006, p4686-4693 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Rethi Madathil, Raman Parkesh, Sylvia M. Draper, Oligo(phenylene vinylene)-poly(methylstyrene) hydrids: controlled step-wise molecular wiring of oligo(phenylene vinylene), Tetrahedron Letters, 47, (16), 2006, p2731 - 2734 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Alok Goel, David Savage, Steven R. Allen, Tara Hogan, Paula N. Kelly, Sylvia M. Draper, Christopher M. Fitchett, Peter T. M. Kenny , The synthesis and structural characterization of N-para-ferrocenyl benzoyl dipeptide esters: The x-ray crystal structure of N-{para-(ferrocenyl)benzoyl}-L-alanine-glycine ethyl ester, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 691, (22), 2006, p4686 - 4693 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Robin B. Bedfors, Michael Betham, Michael E. Blake, Simon J. Coles, Sylvia M. Draper, Michael B. Hursthouse, Noelle P. Scully, Ruthenium PCP-bis(phosphinite) pincer complexes, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 359, (6), 2006, p1870 - 1878 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Michael K. Seery, Sylvia M. Draper, John M. Kelly, Thomas McCabe, Brian T.H. McMurry, The synthesis, structural characterization and photochemistry of some 3-phenylindenones, Synthesis, 3, 2005, p470 - 474 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

Daniel J. Gregg, Eberhard Bothe, Petra Hofer, Paolo Passaniti, Sylvia M. Draper, Extending the Nitrogen-Heterosuperbenzene Famil: The Spectroscopic, Redox and Photophysical Properties of 'Half-Cyclised' N-0.5HSB and Its Ru(II) Complex, Inorganic Chemistry, 44, (16), 2005, p5654 - 5660 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

S. M. Draper, D. J. Gregg, E. R. Schofield, W. R. Browne, M.. Duati, J. G. Vos, Complexed Nitrogen-heterosuperbenzene: the coordinating properties of a remarkable ligand, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 126, (28), 2004, p8694 - 8701 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

R.B. Bedford, S.L. Hazelwood, M.E. Limmert, D.A. Albisson, S.M. Draper, P.N. Scully, S.J.Coles, M.B.Hursthouse, Orthopalladated and -platinated bulky Triarylphosphite Complexes: Synthesis, Reactivity and Application as High-Activity Catalysts for Suzuki and Stille Coupling Reactions, Chemistry - A European Journal, 9, (14), 2003, p3216 - 3227 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

S.M.Draper, D.Gregg, R.Madathil, Heterosuperbenzenes: a New Family of Nitrogen-Functionalised, Graphitic Molecules, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 124, (14), 2002, p3486 - 3487 Journal Article, 2002 DOI

Champeil, E., Draper, S.M., Ferrocenylalkynes as ligands in transition metal complexes, Dalton Transactions, 9, 2001, p1440 - 1447 Journal Article, 2001 DOI TARA - Full Text

Robin B. Bedford, Sylvia M Draper, P.Noelle Scully, S.L Welch, Palladium bis(phosphinite) 'PCP'-pincer complexes and their application as catalysts in the Suzuki Reaction, New Journal of Chemistry, 24, (10), 2000, p745 - 747 Journal Article, 2000 TARA - Full Text DOI

Catherine E. Housecroft, Sylvia M. Draper, Andrew D. Hattersley, Arnold L. Rheingold, Boride cluster fusion through copper and silver. Crystal structure of [(Ph3P)2N][HRu4(CO)12BH)2Ag], Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 614-615, 2000, p202 - 207 Journal Article, 2000 DOI

Fiona Gormley, Julie Grobach, Sylvia M Draper, A. P. Davies, Benzylic Oligothioethers as Ditopic Ligands for Group 6 Transition Metal Carbonyls, Dalton Transactions, 2, 2000, p173 - 179 Journal Article, 2000 DOI TARA - Full Text

Davis, A.P., Draper, S.M., Dunne, G., Ashton, P., The N-carbamoyl squaramide dimer: A compact, strongly associated H- bonding motif , Chemical Communications, 22, 1999, p2265 - 2266 Journal Article, 1999 TARA - Full Text DOI

Braga, D., M. Draper, S., Champeil, E., Grepioni, F., Inorganic-organometallic crystal synthesis. The role of charge-assisted C-H...O and C-H...Cl hydrogen bonds in crystalline [(η5-C5H5)2Co][H 2PO4]·3H2O and [(η6-C6H5Me)2Cr][Cl]1 , Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 573, (1-2), 1999, p73 - 77 Journal Article, 1999 DOI

Braga, D, Draper, SM, Champeil, E, Grepioni, F, Inorganic-organometallic crystal synthesis. The role of charge-assisted C-H...O and C-H...Cl hydrogen bonds in crystalline [(eta(5)-C5H5)(2)Co][H2PO4]center dot 3H(2)O and [(eta(6)-C6H5Me)(2)Cr][Cl], Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 573, (1-2), 1999, p73-77 Journal Article, 1999

S.M.Draper, C.Long, B.M.Myers, The photochemistry of (μ2-RC2H)Co2(CO)6 species (R=H or C6H5), important intermediates in the Pauson-Khand reaction , Journal of Organometallic Chemistry , 588, (2), 1999, p195 - 199 Journal Article, 1999 DOI

M.Delamesiere, E.Champeil, B.Twamley, J.J.Byrne, S.M.Draper, Novel Acetylene-Linked Di-cobalt and Tetra-cobalt Carbonyl Clusters, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry , 589, (2), 1999, p157 - 167 Journal Article, 1999 DOI

O'Callaghan, C.N., McMurry, T.B.H., Draper, S.M., Champeil, E., Nitrile and non-nitrile pyridine products from the reaction of 2-cyano- 3-(x-nitrophenyl)prop-2-enamides with methyl 3-oxobutanoate , Journal of Chemical Research - Part S , 12, 1999, p690 - 691A Journal Article, 1999 DOI TARA - Full Text

Grepioni, F., Cojazzi, G., Draper, S.M., Scully, N., Braga, D., Crystal forms of hexafluorophosphate organometallic salts and the importance of charge-assisted C-H - F hydrogen bonds , Organometallics , 17, (3), 1998, p296 - 307 Journal Article, 1998 DOI

O'Callaghan, C.N., McMurry, T.B.H., O'Brien, J.E., Draper, S.M., Reactions of 2-Oxo-2H-1-benzopyran-3-carbonitrile, Journal of Chemical Research - Part S, 9, 1998, p312 - 313 Journal Article, 1998 DOI TARA - Full Text

Conor N. O'Callaghan, Brian T. H. McMurry, John E. O'Brian, Sylvia M. Draper, Synthesis and 13C NMR assignment of ammonium benzylidenepropanedioates and benzylidenepropanediamides, Journal of Chemical Research - Part S, 12, 1998, p732-733 Journal Article, 1998 DOI TARA - Full Text

Jun-Ying Zhang, Ian W. Boyd, Sylvia Draper, Excimer lamp-induced decomposition of palladium metalorganic films for electroless copper plating, Surface and Coatings Technology, 100-101, (1-3), 1998, p469 - 473 Journal Article, 1998 DOI

O'Callaghan, C.N., McMurry, T.B.H., O'Brien, J.E., Draper, S.M., Gormley, F.K., Formation of Polysubstituted Pyridin-2-one Derivatives by Michael Addition of 3-Oxobutanamide to α,β-Ethylenic Ketones and Amides , Journal of Chemical Research - Part S, 2, 1997, p50 - 51 Journal Article, 1997 TARA - Full Text DOI

Breheny, C.J., Draper, S.M., Grevels, F.-W., Klotzbücher, W.E., Long, C., Pryce, M.T., Russell, G., Photochemistry of ("6-2,6-X2C5H3 N)Cr(CO)3 (X = H, CH3, (CH3)3Si). First example of a photoinduced ring-slip at an ("6-arene)M(CO)3 center., Organometallics, 15, (17), 1996, p3679-3687 Journal Article, 1996

Breheny, CJ, Draper, SM, Grevels, FW, Klotzbucher, WE, Long, C, Pryce, MT, Russell, G, Photochemistry of (eta(6)-2,6-X(2)C(5)H(3)N)Cr(CO)(3) (X=H, CH3, (CH3)(3)Si). First example of a photoinduced ring-slip at an (eta(6)-arene)M(CO)(3) center. Molecular structures of (eta(6)-2,6-(CH3)(2)C5H3N)Cr(CO)(3) and (eta(6)-2,6-((CH3)(3)Si)(2)C5H3N)Cr(CO)(3), Organometallics, 15, (17), 1996, p3679-3687 Journal Article, 1996

O'Callaghan, C.N., McMurry, T.B.H., O'Brien, J.E., Draper, S.M., Wilcock, D.J., Formation of polyheterocyclic systems by reaction of 2-imino-4-methyl-2H-1-benzopyran-3-carbonitrile with active methylene compounds , Journal of the Chemical Society - Perkin Transactions, 10, 1996, p1067 - 1071 Journal Article, 1996 DOI TARA - Full Text

Braga, D., Scaccianoce, L., Grepioni, F., Draper, S.M., From order to disorder and return: Remarkable molecular and crystal dynamics in solid [(C5H5)2Co][PF6] , Organometallics, 15, (22), 1996, p4675 - 4677 Journal Article, 1996 DOI

Ledwidge, M.T., Draper, S.M., Wilcock, D.J., Corrigan, O.I., Physicochemical characterization of diclofenac N-(2-hydroxyethyl)pyrrolidine: Anhydrate and dihydrate crystalline forms , Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences , 85, (1), 1996, p16 - 21 Journal Article, 1996 DOI

C.J.Breheny, S.M.Draper, F.W.Grevels, W.E.Klotzbucher, C.Long, M.T.Pryce, G.Russell, The Photochemistry of [h6-2,6-X2C5H3N)Cr(CO)3] (X=H, CH3 or (CH3)3Si): The first example of a Photoinduced Ring-slip at an (h6-arene)M(CO)3 centre. The molecular structure of (h6-2,6-(CH3)2C5H3N)(Cr(CO)3 and (h6-2,6-((CH3)3Si)2C5H3N)(Cr(CO)3, Organometallics, 15, (17), 1996, p3679 - 3687 Journal Article, 1996 DOI

Sylvia M. Draper and Brendan Twamley, Zirconium 1992, Coordination Chemistry Reviews , 146, 1996, pA91-A140 Review, 1996 DOI

Sylvia M. Draper, Norah Kelly, Hafnium 1992, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 146, 1996, pA141-A153 Review, 1996 DOI


S.M.Draper, C.E.Housecroft, J.S.Humphrey, A.L.Rheingold, Mono- and di-dentate tertiary phosphine and monodentate tertiary phosphite derivatives of [Ru4H(CO)12BH2] , Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions , 23, 1995, p3789 - 3799 Journal Article, 1995 DOI TARA - Full Text

Draper, S.M., Twamley, B., 2. Zirconium 1992, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 146, (C), 1995 Journal Article, 1995

Draper, S.M., Kelly, N., 3. Hafnium 1992, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 146, (C), 1995 Journal Article, 1995

Ciaran Byrne, Sylvia M. Draper, John P. James, Conor Long, Synthesis and crystal structure of a substituted 2,5,6,7-tetrahydro-1,2,3,5-tetrazocine: photochemical transformations of substituted pyrrolo[2,3-d]-1,2,3-triazole, Journal of Chemical research, Synopses, (11), 1995, p438 - 439 Journal Article, 1995

Bucky Tubes in, editor(s)Mollen , The Irish Scientist, 1995, [S. M. Draper] Book Chapter, 1995

S.M.Draper, B.Twamley, Review of Zirconium 1991, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 134, 1994, p189-229 Review, 1994 DOI

J.Kastner, T.Pichler, H.Kuzmany, S.Curran, W.Blau, D.N.Weldon, M.Delamesiere, S.M.Draper, H.Zandbergen, Resonance Raman and Infrared spectroscopy of Carbon Nanotubes, Chemical Physics Letters, 221, (1-2), 1994, p53 - 58 Journal Article, 1994 DOI

DRAPER, SM, TWAMLEY, B, ZIRCONIUM-1991, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 134, 1994, p189-229 Journal Article, 1994

BYRNE, JJ, DRAPER, SM, HAFNIUM 1991, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 134, 1994, p171-187 Journal Article, 1994

S.M.Draper, J.J.Byrne, C.Breheny C.Long, J.N.Low, Tricarbonyl (h6-pyridine)chromium (0), Acta Crystallographica C, 50, 1994, p1669 - 1671 Journal Article, 1994 TARA - Full Text DOI


DRAPER, SM, BYRNE, JJ, BREHENY, CJ, LONG, C, LOW, JN, TRICARBONYL(ETA(6)-PYRIDINE)CHROMIUM(0), Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications, 50, 1994, p1669-1671 Journal Article, 1994

J.J.Byrne, S.M.Draper, Review of Hafnium 1991, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 134, 1994, p171-187 Review, 1994 DOI

S.M.Draper, A.D.Hattersley, C.E.Housecroft, A.L.Rheingold, Boride cluster fusion via an M4-unit (M=Cu, Ag): molecular structure of [PPN][{Ru4H(CO)12B}2Cu4(m-Cl)][Cl], Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications , 18, 1992, p1365 - 1367 Journal Article, 1992 DOI TARA - Full Text

DRAPER, SM, HATTERSLEY, AD, HOUSECROFT, CE, RHEINGOLD, AL, BORIDE CLUSTER FUSION VIA AN M4-UNIT (M = CU OR AG) - MOLECULAR-STRUCTURE OF [PPN][[-RU4H(CO)12B-]2CU4(MU-CL)][CL] [PPN = (PPH3)2N], Journal of the Chemical Society-Chemical Communications, (18), 1992, p1365-1367 Journal Article, 1992

S.M.Draper, C.E.Housecroft, A.L.Rheingold, The synthesis and solution properties of the novel gold bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene bridged clusters HM4(CO)12BAu2(dppf) (M = Fe, Ru) and the competitive formation of {HM4(CO)12BHAu}2(dppf) (M = Ru): molecular structure of HRu4(CO)12BAu(dppf).2CHCl3', Chemical Communication, 1992, p435- Journal Article, 1992


Sylvia M. Draper, Catherine E. Housecroft, Jaqueline E. Rees, Musa S. Ahongwe, Brian S. Haggerty, Arnold L. Rheingold, To fuse or not to fuse? Reactions of [HM4(CO)12BH]- (M = Fe, Ru) with (phosphine)gold(I) chlorides. Molecular structures of HFe4(CO)12BHAuP(2-Me-C6H4) 3, [Au(PMePh2)2][{HFe4(CO)12BH} 2Au], and [PPN][{HRu4(CO)12BH}2Au], Organometallics, 11, (7), 1992, p2356 - 2367 Journal Article, 1992 DOI


S.M. Draper, C.E. Housecroft, A.K. Keep, D.M. Matthew, X. Song, A.L. Rheingold, Ru3(CO)9BH5 and [Ru3(CO)9BH4]- as precursors to higher nuclearity homo- and heterometallic clusters: molecular structure of a second isomer of HRu6(CO)17B, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry , 423, (2), 1992, p241 - 254 Journal Article, 1992 DOI


Draper, S.M., Hattersley, A.D., Housecroft, C.E., Rheingold, A.L., Boride cluster fusion via an M4-unit (M = Cu or Ag): Molecular structure of [ppn][{Ru4H(CO)12B}2Cu 4("-Cl)][Cl] [ppn = (PPh3)2N], Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, (18), 1992, p1365-1367 Journal Article, 1992

Sylvia M. Draper, Catherine E. Housecroft, Arnold L. Rheingold, Synthesis and solution properties of the boron-containing cluster HM4(CO)12BAu2(dppf) (M=Fe or Ru) and the competitive formation of {HM4(CO)12BHAu2(dppf)} for M = Ru (dppf = 1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene).Molecular Structure of HRu4(CO)12BAu2(dppf)2 CHCl3, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 435, (1-2), 1992, p9 - 20 Journal Article, 1992 DOI


S.M.Draper, C.E.Housecroft, A.K.Keep, D.M.Mattews, A.L.Rheingold, B.S.Haggerty, The insertion of 1-phenyl-1-propyne into the ruthenaborane cluster HRu4(CO)12BH2 and the isolation and molecular structure of 1-phenyl-2,3-dimethylazulene, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 410, (3), 1991, pC44-C48 Journal Article, 1991

A. K. Chipperfield, S. Draper, C. E. Housecroft, D. Matthews and A. L. Rheingold, Transformations of boranes on ruthenium metal frameworks, Abstr. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc, 200, 1990, p430-431 Journal Article, 1990

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sylvia Draper, 'Mercury - an element of Mystery and Murder', 01-09-11 'Poisons', RTE1 Pat Kenny, 2011, - Broadcast, 2011

Sylvia Draper, 'When it Glows', RTE 1,, RTE Radio 1, 2011, - Broadcast, 2011

Sylvia Draper, 'Chemistry in the Absence of Gravity', European Space Agency, 2006, - Script, 2006

Sylvia Draper, 'Chemistry For Fun', Agtel: independent Television and Schools Media Production Company, 2005, - Script, 2005

S. M. Draper, N-Larging the Heterosuperbenzene Family : Syntheses on the Double, 36th International Conference in Coordination Chemistry, Mexico, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

S. M. Draper , Carbon-Rich Supermolecules, 3rd RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Symposium, Dublin, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

C.Ollagnier, S.M.Draper, R.Bedford, New "SCS" and "SNS"- pincer ligands, 9th Irish Inorganic Conference, Maynooth, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

S. M. Draper, Polyheterocyclic-C,N Materials - Carbon Nanostructures with a difference, Inorganic Chemistry Research Conference, Maynooth, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

S.M.Draper, The Emergence of a N-Heterosuperbenzene Family, Research Seminar, Imperial College London, 2001 Invited Talk, 2001

S. M. Draper, Novel Opto-electronic materials from 2D graphenes to 3D azfullerenes, Pan European Conference, Institute of Chemical Industry, London, 2001 Conference Paper, 2001

S.M.Draper, Polyaromatic Materials: supporting Frameworks, Research Seminar, D.I.T., 2000 Invited Talk, 2000

S.M.Draper, Novel Thioethers as Versatile Ligands, Research Seminar, Glasgow University, 1999 Invited Talk, 1999

J-Y Zhang, I.W. Boyd, S.M.Draper, Excimer Lamp-Induced Decomposition of Palladium Metalorganic Films for Electroless Copper Plating, M.R.S. meeting, Japan, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

S.M.Draper, Metal-Rich Inorganic Materials, Inorganic Research Seminar.s, Cambridge, 1997 Invited Talk, 1997

S. M. Draper, A. D. Neary, M. J. Meegan, 3-Vinylazetidin-2-ones: Precursors to Novel Carbapenems, Royal Society of Chemistry Meeting Recent Advances in the Chemistry of Anti-Infective Agents, Cambridge, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

S.M.Draper, Inorganic Clusters, Irish Chemistry Research Colloquium, Dublin City University, 1996 Invited Talk, 1996

S.M.Draper, Poisons - How to Poison Someone, University Chemical Society, Strathclyde, 1995 Invited Talk, 1995

S.M.Draper, Poisons - How to Poison Someone, Werner Chemical Society Lecture, 1994 Invited Talk, 1994

S.M.Draper, Carbon-Rich Inorganic Materials, Inorganic Chemistry Research Conference, Maynooth, 1993 Conference Paper, 1993

Research Expertise


I have worked for nearly three decades as a senior synthetic chemist specialising in functional molecular materials and their opto-electronic applications. Many of my research publications sit at the forefront of emerging fields and are testament to my collaboration with some leading research figures at home and abroad. The significance and quality of my national and international contribution to Inorganic Chemistry Research was marked by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland's prestigious David Brown award in 2018. The body of work I have produced in supramolecular, bio-inorganic and materials chemistry underpins the outputs of several of Trinity's leading Research Centres and Institutes. These include conceptually new ideas e.g. methionine-baiting in the development of new palladium therapeutics (Centre for Chemical Synthesis and Chemical Biology), TRH-DE inhibitors (Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience), and the exploration of non-porphyrin NIR photosensitisers for application in Photodynamic Therapy (Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute). The underlying motivation for my research is the creation of synthetic routes to highly, sought after molecular and luminescent materials. This sustained interest arose from early investigations into alkynes as electronic linkers in metal clusters. The latter are precursors to polyaromatic and heteroaromatic compounds and led me to develop a pathway to, and hence a unique class, of electron-accepting planar molecules: the Nitrogen-heterosuperbenzenes. This pioneering work spawned a significant number of highlighted (Chem. Eng. News) and prestigious publications (JACS, Angew. Chemie., Chem. Commun.). In particular it served to ignite the heteroatom-nanographene world and stimulated new directions within the field of molecular materials including on-surface mediated graphene synthesis. My research is marked by >7M€ in direct research funding as PI, >80 journal publications (>50 since last promotion) with average IF >5. In 2015 while Head of School I was awarded one of only 13 of the nationally awarded SFI-PI research grants (>1M€) in science that year and remain one of a handful of TCD Chemists with SFI-PI funding. Significant research results are the synchrotron molecular structures of the founding members of the nitrogen heterosuperbenzene family, the use of large-surface ligands in photoresponsive, coordination compounds and a host of structurally versatile supramolecular and polymeric networks built-up from aromatic backbones. Recent Draper successes include the delivery and evaluation of molecular upconversion materials that exhibit the highest recorded singlet oxygen and upconversion quantum yields (using low density power sources). This work alone, initiated through the hosting SFI-Walton Professor (J. Zhou) from Dalian University of Technology has given rise to 10 Draper-led publications (including Angew. Chemie (x1) (IF 11.99), Chem. Comm. (x3) (IF 6.32), Chem. Eur J. (x1) (IF 5.32)), two front covers (Dalton Trans., ChemPhotoChem.) and one hot paper (J. Mater. Chem. C). In the last three years, as PI I have given 9 invited speaker presentations at international conferences (e.g. ISPPCC-2017, ICCC-2018). In addition members of my research team and I have been singled-out to receive a number of awards (2017 Royal Irish Academy Young Irish Chemist's Award (Junsi Wang for the best Chemistry Ph.D. thesis produced in 2017-18), RSC Materials poster awards (Yue Lu, Beijing 2016), School of Chemistry BOC gases PG award 2017). The impact of my research is internationally recognized, far-reaching and transformative. Its quality has ensured that my group remains at the forefront of cutting-edge developments (Non-Disclosure Filed Nov. 2018). It is driving new industrial processes and technologies (e.g. with Johnson Matthey, Henkel Global Ltd.). and fueling international collaborations in two-photon absorption applications.


  • Title
    • Compound Interest: Multiple Outputs from Light-emitting materials
  • Funding Agency
    • Science Foundation Ireland
  • Date From
    • 1/3/11
  • Date To
    • 28/02/16
  • Title
    • When Chemistry Stacks-Up: A Bottom-Up Approach To Functional Molecular Graphenes
  • Summary
    • Collaborators: Dr. Adeline Ilie and Prof. Bending (University of Bath) €170,000
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI RPF 09/RFP/MTR2366
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2013
  • Title
    • New Polyaromatic Thiophenes as Opto-Electronic Switches
  • Summary
    • Collaborator: Prof. Franco Scandola (University of Ferrare), Dr. Mary Pryce (DCU) €146,000
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI 08/RFP/CHE1465
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2011
  • Title
    • HEA PRTL4 Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology
  • Summary
    • €96,000 Graduate funding: Niamh McGoldrick Co P.I. of larger block grant with RCS, UCD, TCD 900 k€
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • Non-Linear Optics: An Evaluation of New Push-Pull Thienyl and Ferrocenyl Complexes using EFISH and HR Technique
  • Summary
    • Collaborator: Prof Isabelle Ledoux Rak, ENS de Cachan €2,000
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI STTF
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • Smart Molecules for Super Materials
  • Summary
    • €960k (collaborator: Dr. G. Watson)
  • Funding Agency
    • Marie-Curie ToK development grant FP6 - MKTD-014472 760 k€
  • Date From
    • 2004
  • Date To
    • 2010





Invited member of international and national research programme assessment panels: 2018 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) (approx 30 proposals). (2018) Foundation for Polish Science, Interdisciplinary Panel of Experts, First Team Programme (30 proposals and interviews) European Research Council ERC-PE5 (2011, 2013 starter and consolidator awards, 2015 - 2018 starter awards) (approximately 280 proposals and 180 interviews) European Research Council ERC-PE5 external post-award reviewer e.g. Advanced Award 2016. Panel Review for Enterprise Ireland international collaborator scheme (2006-2009)(90 proposals) EU evaluator FP6/FP7 MC networks (2010) (3 proposals). L'Oreal Women of Science (2011-13) (15 proposals).

The Irish Representative (elected by RoI Heads of School) on the Royal Society of Chemistry's Heads of Chemistry UK standing committee. This committee meets bi-annually. Its remit is to set the agenda of the HCUK meetings (2 per annum). It provides expert input and advise on UK governmental science policy e.g. EPSRC funding processes, opinion and consultation documents on Open-Science, gender and diversity, Chemical Safety, and the implementation of Research and Teaching Excellence Frameworks. It is an independent body representing the interests of departments engaged in chemical education, scholarship and research in universities and similar institutions throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. With 72 members from UK and Irish 3rd level institutions it is a key stakeholder group in higher education. 2015

Referee for R.S.C., A.C.S., Wiley, Elsevier and Nature journals: e.g. J. Am. Chem. Soc., Chem. Eur. J., Chem. Commun., Adv. Mater., Dalton Trans., Inorg. Chem., Organometallics, Polyhedron, Cryst. Eng. Comm. , J. Chem. Ed., RSC Advances, Nature Materials, Nature Communications,

External Examiner for Chemistry Undergraduate degree programmes in University College Cork. Reviewing/correcting examination papers, making recommendations on viva candidates, curriculum development. Retained on request for additional 1 year of office. First female UG external examiner in the history of the School. 2014

Elected member of the RSC Dalton Division Council (DDC) (global electronic election process). The division promotes the study and dissemination of all aspects of inorganic chemistry. It organises symposia (including one day meetings) featuring special lectures and regional meetings. It offers awards, bursaries and fellowships for young members. Personal active contributions were nomination of industry representative, participation in council review, allocation of DDC travel bursaries, organisation of first Dalton Poster Symposium (now RSC Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster Symposium). 2012

One of a 3-member TCD Chemistry panel providing on-site review of the Undergraduate Chemistry degree programmes offered by the University of Thapar. I wrote-up the panel review findings and recommendations and provided follow-up consultancy with the President of Thapar. 2015

Chair of Royal Society of Chemistry's Republic of Ireland Section (elected, first female to be appointed to this role). Remit is to represent the geographic spread and diverse interests and expertise of RSC members in the RoI. This involves supporting professional Chemists and promoting an understanding in broader society of the role of Chemistry. The Republic of Ireland Local Section (RoI LS) has a small annual budget through which to support activities and events organised by its RSC members. Examples of personal actions in 2018 include presentation of the RSC North-South Lectureship Award, Consultation on Irish Child Protection Laws with RSC Education Coordinator and Ireland Programme Manager, representation at RSC networks conference (Liverpool), Successful local-funding top-up to RSC central, distribution of approx. 10k€ to events organised by members in RoI, Review and renewal of membership, review of criteria for funding awards. 2018

External Ph.D. examiner e.g. Dublin City University (2003), National University of Maynooth (2006), Queen's University Belfast (2008), University of Manchester (2009), University of Bath (2011), University of Nottingham (2013), University of Leeds (2014). 2014

Internal Ph.D. viva examiner (on average one per annum all disciplines). Most recent Dec. 2018 Keith Flaherty (Senge)

Conference organisation: Irish Inorganic Symposium Series (2010 - 2014). EuroVariety-2013, 65th ICI Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium (2013), Women in Science symposium (2013), Cocker Lecture (2014),

International Consultant: Virtual Graphene Centre (Bath/Exeter) EPSRC 2011 Application was successful.

External expert on National University of Ireland appointment committees in Inorganic Chemistry: Dr. Luca Ronconi (2013) and Dr Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou (2016)

External referee for promotion (R. Douthwaite, Reader) University of York (2014). 2014

Co-author of a number of successful School research infrastructure bids e.g. NIR spectrometer 2011, mass spectrometer 2017. 2011

Academic promotion committee (merit-bar review: David Leigh) National University of Galway 2011

Appointed External Undergraduate Examiner at the University of Warwick for BSc Chemistry/MChem & variants (2018-2022). External role in the quality assurance process and culture of quality enhancement in the University.

External examiner for Inorganic Chemistry undergraduate programmes in St. Andrew's University (2019-2023) pending Senate endorsement.

Awards and Honours

Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, David Brown award for Inorganic Chemistry research Dec. 2018

Irish Laboratory Awards: Collaboration Category (short-list) April 2018

Irish Laboratory Awards Collaboration Achievement (shortlist) April 2017

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry March 2017

National Award for the Integration of Research Learning and Teaching (NAIRTL) Dec 2008

Provost's Teaching Award, Trinity College Dublin May 2008

co-PI of Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (AMBER 2) 2018

Irish representative of Royal Society of Chemistry, Heads of Chemistry UK Committee 2015-2019

R.S.C. Individual Research Fund Award: 'The Metallisation and Linkage of Organofullerenes' 1995

Ciba Geigy Individual Research Award (5 awarded globally per annum) 1995-7

Fellow, University of Dublin, Trinity College 2001

Advancement beyond Merit Bar/ Accelerated Promotion 1999

R.S.C. Individual Research Fund Award: 'The Synthesis and Metallisation of the Fullerene Family' 1994

G.P.D.S.T. Trust Scholar 1983-5


Secretary of the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy Sept 2018 – Sept 2020

Chair of the Republic of Ireland Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry Committee 2018 – 2023

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry March 2017 – present

Member of Iontas Alliance, National Forum 2017

FemCam - Society for Female Chemists in Ireland 2012 – present

WITS- Women in Innovation and Technology Science 2006 – present

Associate PI of Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices 2001

Sole Irish representative on the Royal Society of Chemistry Head of Chemistry UK committee 2015 – 2019

Elected member of the Dalton Division Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2008 – 2012

C. Chem. Professional Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry 1996