Avene presents in London

Avene presented her research at two events in London this week. Firstly, she was selected for participation at the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium. She was the only participant based in Ireland of the 40 invited posters in the event. The event was sponsored by several companies including ‘headline’ sponsor Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. and held in the RSC headquarters in Burlington House, London. Avene interacted with the other participants and academics and got lots of positive feedback on her poster.

RSC poster symposium Dec 2017

Then on Wednesday Avene presented a poster at the SCI 24th Annual Review Meeting which was also held in London. The meeting had talks from Profs David Procter and Martin Smith, and Drs Jordi Bures, Daniele Leonori, Robert Phipps, and Anna Slater. The review lectures provided in-depth discussion of emerging concepts and techniques for organic synthesis.

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Congrats Thomas

Thomas Graduation croppedCongratulations to Thomas on his MSc graduation today. The official graduation ceremony was held in O’Reilly Hall and this was followed by a reception in the Science Centre. It was nice to celebrate Thomas’s achievements today. He’s pictured here with Martin in front of the Christmas tree in the Science Centre. Well done Thomas.

Alex awarded IRC Scholarship

irishResearchCouncil_logo_whiteCongratulations to Alex Horan who has been awarded an IRC Government of Ireland PhD Scholarship. Alex will carry out research into organocatalytic asymmetric halogenations. Alex is the third member of the group to have been awarded one of these prestigious scholarships. Congratulations also to former project student Saranna Kavanagh who was also awarded an IRC scholarship to carry out research with the Gilheany group. Details of the awards made under the 2017 programmes were announced today by Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD. Alex and Saranna are 2 of just 284 PhD and Postdoctoral researchers awarded funding across the whole research spectrum from sciences to humanities. Well done Alex and Saranna!

Marie-Curie Alumni Chapter meeting

EU Flag hi res colour jauneEoghan took part in a meeting of the Irish Chapter of the Marie-Curie Alumni Association today. The meeting was hosted in UCD and was a good opportunity to hear about research carried out by Marie-Curie alumni based in Ireland. Eoghan’s SIRG grant was co-funded by SFI and Marie-Curie COFUND under FP7.

Eoghan speaks in Gregynog

Eoghan gave a talk this week at the annual Young Chemists’ Organic Chemistry Workshop in Gregynog, Wales. The presentation concerned some new results in the area of vinylsulfonium salt chemistry. Thanks to Vinny and Johno who generated the results in the lab. The 3-day event was an excellent meeting, with lots of opportunities to hear about the latest results and to meet with young chemists from the UK, Ireland and further afield. There were also invited lectures from Prof Seth Herzon (Yale) and Prof Chris Braddock (Imperial College London).

Welcome Alan, Cian, Joe and Nathan!

2017_18 Fourth Years croppedWe welcome Joe, Alan, Nathan and Cian to the group. The guys are carrying out their final year research projects as part of their BSc degrees in either Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology, or Chemistry with Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry. They will work on a range of topics, making molecules for biological testing, developing new synthetic methodologies and developing novel catalysts. Guys, we hope you enjoy your time in the group and that you learn a lot while you are with us. We look forward to your contributions to the group’s research efforts.

Congrats Graduates!

Graduation 2017 croppedWe congratulate Alex, Saranna and Fiona on their BSc graduation this afternoon! After four years of hard work the three ladies were award their well-deserved degrees. We are especially grateful for their research efforts during their fourth year projects in the group last year. These ladies aren’t finished yet though. Fiona is pursuing an MEngSc in Biopharmaceutical Engineering in UCD. Alex and Saranna have started their PhDs with the McGarrigle and Gilheany groups, respectively. We wish all three the very best in their new ventures.