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Name Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur
Main Department Chemistry
College Title Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 3459
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.

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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
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Erskine Fellowship 2009
Description of Research Interests
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.
Research Interests
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
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Robert B. P. Elmes, Marialuisa Erby, Suzanne M. Cloonan, Susan J. Quinn, D. Clive Williams and Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson, Quaternarized pdppz: Synthesis, DNA-binding and biological studies of a novel dppz derivative that causes cellular death upon light irradiation, Chemical Communications, 47, 2011, p686 - 688
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Lincheneau, C., Leonard, J.P., McCabe, T., Gunnlaugsson, T. , Lanthanide directed self-assembly formations of Tb(iii) and Eu(iii) luminescent complexes from tryptophan based pyridyl amide ligands, Chemical Communications, 47, (25), 2011, p7119-7121
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Kotova, O., Comby, S., Gunnlaugsson, T., Sensing of biologically relevant d-metal ions using a Eu(iii)-cyclen based luminescent displacement assay in aqueous pH 7.4 buffered solution, Chemical Communications, 47, (24), 2011, p6810-6812
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McMahon, B.K., Mauer, P., McCoy, C.P., Lee, T.C., Gunnlaugsson, T, Luminescent terbium contrast agent for bone microdamage detection, Australian Journal of Chemistry , 64, (5), 2011, p600-603
T. Gunnlaugsson and J. P. Leonard, H+, Na+ and K+ modulated lanthanide luminescent switching of Tb(III) based cyclen aromatic diaza-crown ether conjugates in water, Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England), 9, (19), 2003, p2424-2425
Notes: [PMID: 14587713 ]
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