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Professor Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson

Professor (Chemistry)

Professor (CRANN)

Thorfinnur (Thorri) Gunnlaugsson was born in Iceland, where he received his early education in his home town of Hafnarfjörður, before obtaining a B.Sc. in Chemistry from University of Iceland (UI). During his studies at UI he visited the laboratory of Professor A. P. de Silva at Queen's University of Belfast (Northern Ireland), as a research summer student and became fascinated by the world of supramolecular photochemistry, under the magic supervision of 'A.P.'. After receiving a Ph.D. from Queen's University in 1996, under A.P.'s direction, he joined the research group of Professor David Parker at University of Durham (England) as a postdoctoral fellow. Under the guidance of David the world of coordination chemistry and lanthanide luminescence was explored and the excitement continued!

He was appointed as the Kinerton (IPSEN) Lecturer in Medicinal Organic Chemistry at the School of Chemistry, University of Dublin, Trinity College, in October 1998 and a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry in 2000. He was made a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2003. In October 2004 he was appointed as an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the same department and in 2008 a personal chair and Professor in Chemistry. He was a Visiting Professor at Faculty of Science and Technology- School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Deakin University, Victoria, Australia in 2005. In 2008 he was a visiting Professor in Bordeaux I CNRS in 2008.

  Development of ribonuclease and ribozyme mimics using lanthanide ion complexes   Synthesis & testing of novel anticancer drugs for leukaemia   Synthesis of novel contrast agents for MRI and CT   Synthesis of novel fluorescent and lanthanide luminescient chemosensors for critical care analysis   Synthesis of novel oligonucleosides and modified nucleotides
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Member, DMMC Cancer Principal Investigators, Trans-institutional grouping of Principal Investigators leading research on Cancer themes
Member, Core Technology PI's, DMMC Principal Investigators leading the development of core technology platforms.
Member, Imaging Focus Group Meeting, 1-Day meeting on Biomedical Imaging - 8th June 2004 run in conjunction with TCINFrom single cell & molecular through to organ & whole bodyLast Revised : 22 May 2004
Lovitt, J.I. and Hawes, C.S. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Crystallographic studies of 2-picolyl substituted naphthalene diimide and bis-phthalimide ligands and their supramolecular coordination chemistry, CrystEngComm, 21, (2), 2019, p207-217 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Erbas-Cakmak, S. and Kolemen, S. and Sedgwick, A.C. and Gunnlaugsson, T. and James, T.D. and Yoon, J. and Akkaya, E.U., Molecular logic gates: The past, present and future, Chemical Society Reviews, 47, (7), 2018, p2228-2248 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McCarney, E.P. and Hawes, C.S. and Kitchen, J.A. and Byrne, K. and Schmitt, W. and Gunnlaugsson, T., A Lanthanide luminescent cation exchange material derived from a flexible tricarboxylic acid 2,6-Bis(1,2,3-Triazol-4-yl)pyridine (btp) tecton, Inorganic Chemistry, 57, (7), 2018, p3920-3930 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Klein-Hitpaà , M. and Lynes, A.D. and Hawes, C.S. and Byrne, K. and Schmitt, W. and Gunnlaugsson, T., A Schiff-base cross-linked supramolecular polymer containing diiminophenol compartments and its interaction with copper(II) ions, Supramolecular Chemistry, 30, (2), 2018, p93-102 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Aletti, A.B. and Gillen, D.M. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Luminescent/colorimetric probes and (chemo-) sensors for detecting anions based on transition and lanthanide ion receptor/binding complexes, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 354, 2018, p98-120 , Notes: [cited By 2], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gillen, D.M. and Hawes, C.S. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Solution-State Anion Recognition, and Structural Studies, of a Series of Electron-Rich meta-Phenylene Bis(phenylurea) Receptors and Their Self-Assembled Structures, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 83, (17), 2018, p10398-10408 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gunnlaugsson, T., Integrating NIR light photocage enables in vivo dual-channel tracking of drug release, Science China Chemistry, 2018, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kotova, O. and Bradberry, S.J. and Savyasachi, A.J. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Recent advances in the development of luminescent lanthanide-based supramolecular polymers and soft materials, Dalton Transactions, 47, (46), 2018, p16377-16387 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lynes Amy D, Hawes Chris S, Byrne Kevin, Schmitt Wolfgang, Gunnlaugsson Thorfinnur, Coordination chemistry of flexible benzene-1, 3, 5-tricarboxamide derived carboxylates; notable structural resilience and vaguely familiar packing motifs , Dalton Transactions , 47 , (15 ), 2018, p5259 - 5268 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Hawes, C.S. and Mille, G.M.O. and Byrne, K. and Schmitt, W. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Tetraarylpyrrolo[3,2-b]pyrroles as versatile and responsive fluorescent linkers in metal-organic frameworks, Dalton Transactions, 47, (30), 2018, p10080-10092 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Hawes C.S, Lynes A.D, Byrne K, Schmitt W, Ryan G, Mobius M.E, Gunnlaugsson T, A resilient and luminescent stimuli-responsive hydrogel from a heterotopic 1,8-naphthalimide-derived ligand, Chemical Communications, 53, (44), 2017, p5989 - 5992, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Meriel Huggard, Sensor Research, US-Ireland F&D Partnership - Sensor Workshop, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin, 20-21 February 2007, 2007, Poster, PUBLISHED
Stanley E. Porter, Michael A. Hayes and David Tombs, eds, Images of Christ, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, 1997, Book, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Erskine Fellowship 2009
His research interests are in theareas of supramolecular organic and inorganic chemistry and bio and medicinal chemistry, with emphasis on the recognition and targeting of biologically important ions and molecules.