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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 and 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
Gorai, T. and Schmitt, W. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Highlights of the development and application of luminescent lanthanide based coordination polymers, MOFs and functional nanomaterials, Dalton Transactions, 50, (3), 2021, p770-784 , Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Whelan, à . and Steuber, F.W. and Gunnlaugsson, T. and Schmitt, W., Tuning photoactive metalâ€"organic frameworks for luminescence and photocatalytic applications, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 437, (213757), 2021, Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Devereux, S.J. and Poynton, F.E. and Baptista, F.R. and Gunnlaugsson, T. and Cardin, C.J. and Sazanovich, I.V. and Towrie, M. and Kelly, J.M. and Quinn, S.J., Caught in the Loop: Binding of the [Ru(phen)2(dppz)]2+ Light-Switch Compound to Quadruplex DNA in Solution Informed by Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy, Chemistry - A European Journal, 26, (71), 2020, p17103-17109 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Estalayo-Adrián, S. and McManus, G.J. and Dalton, H.L. and Savyasachi, A.J. and Kelly, J.M. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Functionalisation of gold nanoparticles with ruthenium(ii) polypyridyl complexes for their application in cellular imaging, Dalton Transactions, 49, (40), 2020, p14158-14168 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Jason M. Delente and Deivasigamani Umadevi and Kevin Byrne and Wolfgang Schmitt and Graeme W. Watson and Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson and Sankarasekaran Shanmugaraju, Hyper-crosslinked 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide Tröger"s base containing pyridinium covalent organic polymer (COP) for discriminative fluorescent sensing of chemical explosives, Supramolecular Chemistry, 32, (9), 2020, p508--517 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Keane, P.M. and O'Sullivan, K. and Poynton, F.E. and Poulsen, B.C. and Sazanovich, I.V. and Towrie, M. and Cardin, C.J. and Sun, X.-Z. and George, M.W. and Gunnlaugsson, T. and Quinn, S.J. and Kelly, J.M., Understanding the factors controlling the photo-oxidation of natural DNA by enantiomerically pure intercalating ruthenium polypyridyl complexes through TA/TRIR studies with polydeoxynucleotides and mixed sequence oligodeoxynucleotides, Chemical Science, 11, (32), 2020, p8600-8609 , Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Estalayo-Adrián, S. and Blasco, S. and Bright, S.A. and McManus, G.J. and Orellana, G. and Williams, D.C. and Kelly, J.M. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Water-soluble amphiphilic ruthenium(ii) polypyridyl complexes as potential light-activated therapeutic agents, Chemical Communications, 56, (65), 2020, p9332-9335 , Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Elmes, R.B.P. and Ryan, G.J. and Erby, M.L. and Frimannsson, D.O. and Kitchen, J.A. and Lawler, M. and Williams, D.C. and Quinn, S.J. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Synthesis, Characterization, and Biological Profiling of Ruthenium(II)-Based 4-Nitro- And 4-Amino-1,8-naphthalimide Conjugates, Inorganic Chemistry, 59, (15), 2020, p10874-10893 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hegarty, I.N. and Dalton, H.L. and Lynes, A.D. and Haffner, B. and Möbius, M.E. and Hawes, C.S. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Balancing connectivity with function in silver(i) networks of pyridyltriazole (tzpa) ligands results in the formation of a metallogel, Dalton Transactions, 49, (22), 2020, p7364-7372 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Molloy, J.K. and Nonat, A.M. and O†Brien, J.E. and Brougham, D.F. and Gunnlaugsson, T., Self-assembled Ln(III) cyclen-based micelles and AuNPs conjugates as candidates for luminescent and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents, Supramolecular Chemistry, 32, (6), 2020, p373-382 , Notes: [cited By 2], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Hawes C.S, Lynes A.D, Byrne K, Schmitt W, Ryan G, Mobius M.E, Gunnlaugsson T, A resilient and luminescent stimuli-responsive hydrogel from a heterotopic 1,8-naphthalimide-derived ligand, Chemical Communications, 53, (44), 2017, p5989 - 5992, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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.