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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 amd 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
Gallagher SA, Comby S, Wojdyla M, Gunnlaugsson T, Kelly JM, Gun'ko YK, Clark IP, Greetham GM, Towrie M, Quinn SJ, Efficient Quenching of TGA-Capped CdTe Quantum Dot Emission by a Surface-Coordinated Europium(III) Cyclen Complex., Inorganic chemistry, 52, (8), 2013, p4133-4135 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
S. Banerjee, E. B. Veale, C.M. Phelan, S. A. Murphy, G. M. Tocci, L. J. Gillespie, D.O. Frimannsson, J. M. Kelly and T. Gunnlaugsson, Recent advances in the development of 1,8-naphthalimide based DNA targeting binders, anticancer and fluorescent cellular imaging agents. , Chemical Society Review, 42, (4), 2013, p1601- 1618 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Daly R, Kotova O, Boese M, Gunnlaugsson T, Boland JJ, Chemical nano-gardens: growth of salt nanowires from supramolecular self-assembly gels., ACS nano, 7, (6), 2013, p4838-45 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Pandurangan, K, Kitchen, JA, Gunnlaugsson, T, Colorimetric 'naked eye' sensing of anions using a thiosemicarbazide receptor: a case study of recognition through hydrogen bonding versus deprotonation, TETRAHEDRON LETTERS, 54, (22), 2013, p2770-2775 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Veale, EB, Kitchen, JA, Gunnlaugsson, T, Fluorescent tren-based 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide sensor for Cu(II) based on the use of the (fluorophore-spacer-receptor) photoinduced electron transfer (PET) principle, SUPRAMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY, 25, (2), 2013, p101-108 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Pandurangan, K, Kitchen, JA, McCabe, T, Gunnlaugsson, T, Hydrogen bonding interactions and supramolecular networks of pyridine-aryl based thiosemicarbazides and their Zn(II) complexes, CRYSTENGCOMM, 15, (7), 2013, p1421-1431 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Banerjee S, Kitchen JA, Bright SA, O'Brien JE, Williams DC, Kelly JM, Gunnlaugsson T, Synthesis, spectroscopic and biological studies of a fluorescent Pt(ii) (terpy) based 1,8-naphthalimide conjugate as a DNA targeting agent., Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 49, (76), 2013, p8522-8524 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Banerjee, S., Kitchen, J.A., Gunnlaugsson, T., Kelly, J.M., The effect of the 4-amino functionality on the photophysical and DNA binding properties of alkyl-pyridinium derived 1,8-naphthalimides, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 11, (34), 2013, p5642-5655 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Jonathan A. Kitchen, Elaine M. Boyle, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson, Synthesis, structural characterisation and luminescent anion sensing studies of a Ru(II)polypyridyl complex featuring an aryl urea derivatised 2,2'-bpy auxiliary ligand, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 381, 2012, p236-242 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Banerjee, S, Kitchen, JA, Gunnlaugsson, T, Kelly, JM, Synthesis and photophysical evaluation of a pyridinium 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide derivative that upon intercalation displays preference for AT-rich double-stranded DNA, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry , 10, 2012, p3033-3043 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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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.