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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
Kotova,Oxana V. O.V., Blasco,Salvador S., Twamley,Brendan B., O'Brien,John E. J.E., Peacock,Robert D. R.D., Kitchen,Jonathan A. J.A., Martínez-Calvo,Miguel M., Gunnlaugsson,Thorfinnur T., The application of chiroptical spectroscopy (circular dichroism) in quantifying binding events in lanthanide directed synthesis of chiral luminescent self-assembly structures, Chemical Science, 6, (1), 2015, p457-471 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Martínez-Calvo, M. Kotova, O. Möbius, M.E. Bell, A.P. McCabe, T. Boland, J.J. Gunnlaugsson, T., Healable luminescent self-assembly supramolecular metallogels possessing lanthanide (Eu/Tb) dependent rheological and morphological properties, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, (5), 2015, p1983 - 1992, Notes: [Export Date: 11 March 2015], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Burke H.M, Gunnlaugsson T, Scanlan E.M, Recent advances in the development of synthetic chemical probes for glycosidase enzymes, Chemical Communications, 51, (53), 2015, p10576 - 10588, Notes: [Export Date: 23 July 2015], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Lanthanide ion complexes as chemosensors in, Ana de Bettencourt-Dias , Luminescence of Lanthanide Ions in Coordination Compounds and Nanomaterials, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014, pp231-267 , [Simon Pope and Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson], Notes: [First Edition], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Caffrey,David F. D.F., Gunnlaugsson,Thorfinnur T., Displacement assay detection by a dimeric lanthanide luminescent ternary Tb(iii)-cyclen complex: High selectivity for phosphate and nitrate anions, Dalton Transactions, 43, (48), 2014, p17964-17970 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Banerjee,Swagata Ban S.B., Bright,Sandra A. S.A., Smith,Jayden A. J.A., Burgeat,Jeremy J., Martínez-Calvo,Miguel M., Williams,D. C. D.C., Kelly,John M. J.M., Gunnlaugsson,Thorfinnur T., Supramolecular approach to enantioselective DNA recognition using enantiomerically resolved cationic 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide-based Tröger's bases, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 79, (19), 2014, p9272-9283 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Pandurangan,Komala K., Kitchen,Jonathan A. J.A., Blasco,Salvador S., Paradisi,Francesca F., Gunnlaugsson,Thorfinnur T., Supramolecular pyridyl urea gels as soft matter with antibacterial properties against MRSA and/or E. coli, Chemical Communications, 50, (74), 2014, p10819-10822 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Byrne,Joseph P. J.P., Kitchen,Jonathan A. J.A., Gunnlaugsson,Thorfinnur T., The btp [2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine] binding motif: A new versatile terdentate ligand for supramolecular and coordination chemistry, Chemical Society Reviews, 43, (15), 2014, p5302-5325 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Bradberry,Samuel J. S.J., Savyasachi,Aramballi Jayant A.J., Martínez-Calvo,Miguel M., Gunnlaugsson,Thorfinnur T., Development of responsive visibly and NIR luminescent and supramolecular coordination self-assemblies using lanthanide ion directed synthesis, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 273-274, 2014, p226-241 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lincheneau,Christophe C., Jean-Denis,Bernard B., Gunnlaugsson,Thorfinnur T., Self-assembly formation of mechanically interlocked [2]- and [3]catenanes using lanthanide ion [Eu(iii)] templation and ring closing metathesis reactions, Chemical Communications, 50, (22), 2014, p2857-2860 , 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.