We expect to welcome two or three stage-4 undergraduate project students to the group this year. Interested students are encouraged to contact Eoghan if they would like to hear more about opportunities in the group. Students will gain experience of Organic Chemistry, Catalysis and/or Carbohydrate Chemistry. Projects in the coming year will involve projects such as the development of catalysts for use in asymmetric synthesis, new methodologies in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, and the synthesis of biologically active molecules. See our research page and publications page for recent highlights. We can host students from the Chemistry, Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry, and Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology programmes, and have projects tailored to suit students from each programme.
Skills: You will be encouraged to develop your chemical knowledge, technical skills and transferable skills. You will gain experience of modern organic synthesis techniques and experience of catalysis. These include vacuum line techniques for working under inert atmospheres, chromatography (flash column, HPLC and GC), working on small and medium reaction scales, use of spectroscopic techniques – especially NMR. Your project will give you a chance to do real research while receiving excellent training. This will be especially advantageous for people interested in working as organic chemists in the pharmaceutical, medicinal or agrochemical industries or in pursuing a PhD in organic chemistry after graduating.
Our group shares lab-space with the group of Prof Gilheany on the top floor of the A1 section of the Science South building.
Previous Project Students and destinations on graduation:
Zoe Byrne (2020-21 MedChem) – PhD in the Guiry group, UCD
Colin Byrne (2020-21 MedChem) – Pfizer, Dublin
Kate Donaghy (2019-20 MedChem) – IRC PhD in the McGarrigle group
Conor O’Shea (2019-20 MedChem) – PhD in the Miller group, Keele, UK
Laura Berzan (2019-20 MedChem) – Grad. Medicine, UCD
Zohair Ansari (2018-19 Chem) – MSc in Biopharmaceutical Engineering, UCD
Peter McDermott (2018-19 MedChem) – SFI PhD in the McGarrigle group
Alan Buckley (2017-18 Env&SusChem) – unknown
Cian Reid (2017-18 MedChem) – IRC PhD in the Guiry group, UCD
Nathan Feely (2017-18 Chem) – SFI PhD with Prof Gil Lee, UCD
Joseph Ruddy (2017-18 MedChem) – IRC PhD in the McGarrigle group
Fiona Clarke (2016-17 MedChem) – MEngSc in Biopharmaceutical Engineering, UCD
Alex Horan (2016-17 Chem) – IRC PhD in the McGarrigle group
Saranna Kavanagh (2016-17 Chem) – IRC PhD with Prof Declan Gilheany, UCD
Orla Patton (2015-16, Chem) – IRC PhD with Prof Declan Gilheany, UCD
Mark Reihill (2015-16 MedChem) – PhD with Prof Stefan Oscarson, UCD
David Farrar (2015-16 MedChem) – MEngSc in Biopharmaceutical Engineering, UCD
Mairead Boland (2014-15 MedChem) – IRC PhD with Prof Stefan Oscarson, UCD
Amy Maguire (2014-15 Chem) – SFI PhD with Prof Stephen Connon, TCD
Martin Ferry (2013-14 Chem) – IRC PhD in the McGarrigle Group
Sarah Mallen (2013-14 MedChem) – SFI Researcher with Dr Sarah Hudson, UL
Jeff Glynn (2013-14 MedChem) – working in reproductive medicine
Avene Colgan (2012-13 MedChem) – IRC PhD in the McGarrigle group
Chigozie Achara (2012-13 MedChem) – postgraduate diploma (Strathclyde, UK), now working in Biofocus.
For enquiries please email:
or call into my office on the top floor of Science South S3.46.