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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
Burke H.M, Gunnlaugsson T, Scanlan E.M, Glycosylated lanthanide cyclen complexes as luminescent probes for monitoring glycosidase enzyme activity, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 14, (38), 2016, p9133 - 9145, Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Surender E.M, Comby S, Martyn S, Cavanagh B, Lee T.C, Brougham D.F, Gunnlaugsson T, Cyclen lanthanide-based micellar structures for application as luminescent [Eu(III)] and magnetic [Gd(III)] resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents, Chemical Communications, 52, (72), 2016, p10858 - 10861, Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Barry D.E, Hawes C.S, Blasco S, Gunnlaugsson T, Structure Direction, Solvent Effects, and Anion Influences in Halogen-Bonded Adducts of 2,6-Bis(iodoethynyl)pyridine, Crystal Growth and Design, 16, (9), 2016, p5194 - 5205, Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
McCarney E.P, Hawes C.S, Blasco S, Gunnlaugsson T, Synthesis and structural studies of 1,4-di(2-pyridyl)-1,2,3-triazole dpt and its transition metal complexes; A versatile and subtly unsymmetric ligand, Dalton Transactions, 45, (25), 2016, p10209 - 10221, Notes: [Cited By :1 Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Galanti A, Kotova O, Blasco S, Johnson C.J, Peacock R.D, Mills S, Boland J.J, Albrecht M, Gunnlaugsson T, Exploring the Effect of Ligand Structural Isomerism in Langmuirâ€"Blodgett Films of Chiral Luminescent EuIIISelf-Assemblies, Chemistry - A European Journal, 22, (28), 2016, p9709 - 9723, Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Gunnlaugsson T, Supramolecular pathways: Accessible self-assembly, Nature Chemistry, 8, (1), 2016, p6 - 7, Notes: [Cited By :1 Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Byrne J.P, Martínez-Calvo M, Peacock R.D, Gunnlaugsson T, Chiroptical Probing of Lanthanide-Directed Self-Assembly Formation Using btp Ligands Formed in One-Pot Diazo-Transfer/Deprotection Click Reaction from Chiral Amines, Chemistry - A European Journal, 22, (2), 2016, p486 - 490, Notes: [Cited By :10 Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Poulsen B.C, Estalayo-Adrián S, Blasco S, Bright S.A, Kelly J.M, Williams D.C, Gunnlaugsson T, Luminescent ruthenium polypyridyl complexes with extended 'dppz' like ligands as DNA targeting binders and cellular agents, Dalton Transactions, 45, (45), 2016, p18208 - 18220, Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Byrne J.P, Blasco S, Aletti A.B, Hessman G, Gunnlaugsson T, Formation of Self-Templated 2,6-Bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine [2]Catenanes by Triazolyl Hydrogen Bonding: Selective Anion Hosts for Phosphate, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 55, (31), 2016, p8938 - 8943, Notes: [Cited By :1 Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Barry D.E, Caffrey D.F, Gunnlaugsson T, Lanthanide-directed synthesis of luminescent self-assembly supramolecular structures and mechanically bonded systems from acyclic coordinating organic ligands, Chemical Society Reviews, 45, (11), 2016, p3244 - 3274, Notes: [Cited By :3 Export Date: 13 December 2016], 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.