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Professor Sylvia Draper

Professor (Chemistry)

Professor (CRANN)

Prof. Sylvia Draper graduated in Chemistry from the University of Exeter (1:1) in 1988. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1991, working with Dr. C. Housecroft on 'Boron Butterfly Clusters' and since 1993, after a short PD fellowship with Prof. D. Cardin, has worked as a lecturer, fellow and now associate Professor in Inorganic and Synthetic Materials Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Draper is a recipient of both a Provost Teaching Award and a National Award for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL, excellence award)(2008), and held the position of Head of Discipline in Inorganic and Synthetic Materials from 2003-11. She is currently the Head of School of Chemistry, a position she has held since 2013. In 2017 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is the Irish Representative on the RSC Heads of Chemistry UK standing committee and a fellows representative on the Board of the College.
 Compound Interest: Multiple Outputs from Light-emitting materials
 When Chemistry Stacks-Up: A Bottom-Up Approach To Functional Molecular Graphenes
 New Polyaromatic Thiophenes as Opto-Electronic Switches
 HEA PRTL4 Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology
 Non-Linear Optics: An Evaluation of New Push-Pull Thienyl and Ferrocenyl Complexes using EFISH and HR Technique

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ELected member of the RSC Dalton Division Council (DDC) 2012-15
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Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry March 2017
Member of Iontas Alliance, National Forum 2017
FemCam - Society for Female Chemists in Ireland 2012 present
Member of RSC Dalton Division Council 2012 2015
WITS- Women in Innovation and Technology Science 2006 present
Associate PI of Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices 2001
C. Chem. Professional Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry 1996
L. P. Wijesinghe, S. D. Perera, E. Larkin, G. M. Ó Máille, R. Conway-Kenny, B. S. Lankage, L. Wang, S. M. Draper, , [2+2+2] cyclotrimerisation as a convenient route to 6N-doped nanographenes: a synthetic introduction to hexaazasuperbenzenes;, RSC Advances, 7, 2017, p24163 - 2416, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Lu, Y., Wang, J., McGoldrick, N., Cui, X., Zhao, J., Caverly, C., Twamley, B., Ó Máille, G.M., Irwin, B., Conway-Kenny, R., Draper, S.M., Iridium(III) Complexes Bearing Pyrene-Functionalized 1,10-Phenanthroline Ligands as Highly Efficient Sensitizers for Triplet"Triplet Annihilation Upconversion, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 55, (47), 2016, p14688 - 14692, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Yue Lu,[a] Niamh McGoldrick,[a] Frances Murphy,[a] Brendan Twamley,[a] Xiaoneng Cui,[b] Colm Delaney,[a] Gearóid M. Ó Máille,[a] Junsi Wang,[a] Jianzhang Zhao[b] and Sylvia M. Draper*[a], Highly efficient triplet photosensitizers: a systematic approach to the application of Ir(III) complexes containing extended phenanthrolines, Chemistry - a European Journal, 22, 2016, p11349 - 11356, Notes: [10.1002/chem.201601534], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Delaney, C., Ó Máille, G.M., Twamley, B., Draper, S.M., One-Pot, High-Yielding, Oxidative Cyclodehydrogenation Route for N-Doped Nanographene Synthesis, Organic Letters, 18, (1), 2016, p88-91 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Wang J., Lu Y., McGoldrick N., Zhang C., Yang W., Zhao J., Draper S., Dual phosphorescent dinuclear transition metal complexes, and their application as triplet photosensitizers for TTA upconversion and photodynamic therapy, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 4, (25), 2016, p6131-6139 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Wang, L.-S., Lu, Y., Máille, G.M.O., (...), Nolan, D., Draper, S.M., Sonogashira Cross-Coupling as a Route to Tunable Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Rods with a Polyoxometalate Backbone, Inorganic Chemistry, 55, (19), 2016, p9497-9500 , Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
C. Delaney, S. D. Perera, G.M. O". Ma"ille and S. M. Draper, Intriguing Diels-Alder products: Chiral Centres with an added twist, Chemical Communications, 50, (13), 2014, p1599 - 1601, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Wijesinghe, LP, Lankage, BS, Maille, GMO, Perera, SD, Nolan, D, Wang, LS, Draper, SM, Methoxy functionalisation: exerting synthetic control of the supramolecular and electronic structure of nitrogen-doped nanographenes, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 50, (73), 2014, p10637-10640 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Lianlian Liu , Dandan Huang , Sylvia M Draper , Xiuyu Yi , Wanhua Wu and Jianzhang Zhao , Visible light-harvesting trans bis(alkylphosphine) platinum(II)-alkynyl complexes showing long-lived triplet excited states as triplet photosensitizers for triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion, Dalton Transactions, 42, (30), 2013, p10694-10706 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
D. Nolan, B. Gil, L. S. Wang, J. Z. Zhao and S. M. Draper*, , Structure-Property Relationships and O-1(2) Photosensitisation in Sterically Encumbered Diimine Pt-II Acetylide Complexes, Chemistry - A European Journal, 19(46), 15615 - (46), 2013, p15615 - 15626, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Sylvia Draper, 'Mercury - an element of Mystery and Murder', 01-09-11 'Poisons', RTE1 Pat Kenny, 2011, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Sylvia Draper, 'When it Glows', RTE 1,, RTE Radio 1, 2011, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Sylvia Draper, 'Chemistry in the Absence of Gravity', European Space Agency, 2006, -, Script, PUBLISHED
Sylvia Draper, 'Chemistry For Fun', Agtel: independent Television and Schools Media Production Company, 2005, -, Script, PUBLISHED
S. M. Draper, N-Larging the Heterosuperbenzene Family : Syntheses on the Double, 36th International Conference in Coordination Chemistry, Mexico, 2004, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
S. M. Draper , Carbon-Rich Supermolecules, 3rd RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Symposium, Dublin, 2003, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
S. M. Draper, Polyheterocyclic-C,N Materials - Carbon Nanostructures with a difference, Inorganic Chemistry Research Conference, Maynooth, 2002, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
C.Ollagnier, S.M.Draper, R.Bedford, New "SCS" and "SNS"- pincer ligands, 9th Irish Inorganic Conference, Maynooth, 2002, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
S. M. Draper, Novel Opto-electronic materials from 2D graphenes to 3D azfullerenes, Pan European Conference, Institute of Chemical Industry, London, 2001, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
S.M.Draper, The Emergence of a N-Heterosuperbenzene Family, Research Seminar, Imperial College London, 2001, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Irish Laboratory Awards Collaboration Achievement- shortlist April 2017
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry March 2017
Elected Member of RSC Dalton Division Council 2008-2012
National Award for the Integration of Research Learning and Teaching (NAIRTL) Dec 2008
TCD Provost's Teaching Award May 2008
R.S.C. Individual Research Fund Award: 'The Metallisation and Linkage of Organofullerenes' 1995
Ciba Geigy Individual Research Award 1995-7
Fellow, University of Dublin, Trinity College 2001
Advancement beyond Merit Bar/ Accelerated Promotion 1999
R.S.C. Individual Research Fund Award: 'The Synthesis and Metallisation of the Fullerene Family' 1994
G.P.D.S.T. Trust Scholar 1983-5
I am a synthetic chemist with particular expertise in functional molecular materials and their opt-electronic applications. My early research publications sit at the forefront of emerging fields and are testament to my collaboration with some leading research figures at home and abroad. They contribute to a body of work in supramolecular and bio-inorganic chemistry and include the concept of methionine-baiting in the development of new palladium therapeutics (with the Centre for Chemical Synthesis and Chemical Biology, CSCB), the co-crystallisation of TRH-DE inhibitors (with the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience), and the exploration of NIR photosensitisers for application in Photodynamic Therapy (with Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, TBSI). The above satellite outputs however are heavily underpinned by a sustained interest into carbon-rich aromatic materials. The underlying achievements of my research therefore are in the creation and improvement of synthetic routes to highly, sought after molecular materials. The routes developed have opened-up new opportunities in the activity and function of tunable luminescent materials e.g. as photosensitisers in opto-electronic applications and devices such as solar cells and Light Emitting Diodes. My interest in carbon-based compounds arose from our early investigations into delocalized alkynes as electronic linkers in metal clusters. The latter are precursors to polyaromatic and heteroaromatic compounds and led me to develop a pathway to, and hence a unique class, of electron-accepting planar molecules: the Nitrogen-heterosuperbenzenes. This pioneering work spawned a significant number highlighted and prestigious publications, and it stimulated new directions within the field of molecular materials. In particular it prompted the advent of on-surface enabled CC coupling and served to ignite the heteroatom- nanographene world. My research group has a consistent record of achievement, marked by some major research milestones. These include the synchrotron molecular structures of founding members of the nitrogen heterosuperbenzene family, the use of large-surface ligands in photoresponsive, coordination compounds and a host of structurally versatile supramolecular and polymeric networks based on a novel sets of polyphenyl pyridines, phenathroline, pyridazine and fluoranthenes. Recent successes include the delivery and evaluation of molecular upconversion materials that exhibit the highest recorded singlet oxygen and upconversion quantum yields. The impact of this work is far-reaching and transformative in driving new industrial processes and technologies. Its quality has ensured that the group continues to be at the forefront of cutting-edge developments and to attract the support of major funding agencies.