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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
Barry D.E, Hawes C.S, Byrne J.P, La Cour Poulsen B, Ruether M, O'Brien J.E, Gunnlaugsson T, A folded [2 Ã- 2] metallo-supramolecular grid from a bis-tridentate (1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)-picolinamide (tzpa) ligand, Dalton Transactions, 46, (19), 2017, p6464 - 6472, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Shanmugaraju S, Dabadie C, Byrne K, Savyasachi A.J, Umadevi D, Schmitt W, Kitchen J.A, Gunnlaugsson T, A supramolecular Tröger's base derived coordination zinc polymer for fluorescent sensing of phenolic-nitroaromatic explosives in water, Chemical Science, 8, (2), 2017, p1535 - 1546, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Kotova O, Comby S, Lincheneau C, Gunnlaugsson T, White-light emission from discrete heterometallic lanthanide-directed self-assembled complexes in solution, Chemical Science, 8, (5), 2017, p3419 - 3426, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Hawes C.S, Lynes A.D, Byrne K, Schmitt W, Ryan G, Möbius 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  DOI  URL
Hawes C.S, Gunnlaugsson T, Multichannel Luminescent Lanthanide Polymers as Ratiometric Sensors for D2O, Chem, 2, (4), 2017, p463 - 465, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Lynes A.D, Hawes C.S, Ward E.N, Haffner B, Möbius M.E, Byrne K, Schmitt W, Pal R, Gunnlaugsson T, Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide n-alkyl ester and carboxylic acid derivatives: tuneable structural, morphological and thermal properties, CrystEngComm, 19, (10), 2017, p1427 - 1438, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Surender E.M, Bradberry S.J, Bright S.A, McCoy C.P, Clive Williams D, Gunnlaugsson T, Luminescent lanthanide cyclen-based enzymatic assay capable of diagnosing the onset of catheter-associated urinary tract infections both in solution and within polymeric hydrogels, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139, (1), 2017, p381 - 388, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Pandurangan K, Aletti A.B, Montroni D, Kitchen J.A, Martínez-Calvo M, Blasco S, Gunnlaugsson T, Scanlan E.M, Supramolecular Anion Recognition Mediates One-Pot Synthesis of 3-Amino-[1,2,4]-triazolo Pyridines from Thiosemicarbazides, Organic Letters, 19, (5), 2017, p1068 - 1071, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Lovitt J.I, Hawes C.S, Lynes A.D, Haffner B, Möbius M.E, Gunnlaugsson T, Coordination chemistry of N-picolyl-1,8-naphthalimides: Colourful low molecular weight metallo-gelators and unique chelation behaviours, Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 4, (2), 2017, p296 - 308, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Truman L.K, Bradberry S.J, Comby S, Kotova O, Gunnlaugsson T, Surface-Modified Gold Nanoparticles Possessing Two-Channel Responsive EuIII/TbIII Cyclen Complexes as Luminescent Logic Gate Mimics, ChemPhysChem, 18, (13), 2017, p1746 - 1751, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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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


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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.