News & Events

UCD Women in Science 2019

The College of Science EDI Committee marked International Day of Women & Girls in Science on 11 February 2019 with an exhibition entitled "UCD Women in Science". The exhibition celebrated the diverse range of talents, knowledge and hard work as well as the contribution to teaching & mentoring of Asst. Prof. Marina Rubini, Technical Officer Sara Collins, Administrator Deirdre Murphy, PhD student Lorna Conway and Stage 4 student Dáiríne Morgan. Congrats to all who took part.

Ass. Prof. Susan Kelleher on Newstalk's Futureproof

Ass. Prof. Susan Kelleher was a guest on Newstalk's weekly show, Futureproof, 9 Feb 2019, discussing the discovery of a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, even during awake brain surgery!

Chemistry Undergrad Cillian O'Brien wins MIRAI scholarship

Congratulations to third year chemistry student Cillian O'Brien, who has won the competition to represent Ireland on this year's MIRAI Scholarship Program (Science & Technology) organised by the Japanese Government. Cillian will travel to Japan to experience various aspects of Japanese science, technology and society including traditional Japanese culture.

Prof. Patrick Guiry's research group on the cover of Journal of Organic Chemistry

The Guiry Group has featured on the cover of the Journal of Organic Chemistry, January 2019 with their article "Development of and Recent Advances in Pd-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Asymmetric Protonation". Using the Irish sport of hurling as the inspiration for the cover, the UCD playing fields and water tower can be seen clearly. Congratulations to Dr. Cian Kingston & Dr. Jinju James.


Prof. Pat Guiry receives IRC awards

December 2018: Congratulations to Prof. Patrick Guiry who received two Irish Research Council awards a for project entitled "Study on Biological Effects of Imidazole Substitution Pattern and BCP-containing LXA4 Analogues" with PhD student Benjamin Owen and for "Novel Axially Chiral P,N Ligands for Asymmetric Catalysis" with PhD student Cian Reid (BSc Chemistry UCD).


Prof. Declan Gilheany receives Horizon2020 award

December 2018: Congratulations to Prof. Declan Gilheany who recently received a major Horizon2020 award for his project entitled "Animal and Human Nutrition Benefits of Nature Identical Vitamin E AnNuVitE".

Dermot Keenan Retires after 45 years

Dermot joined the Electronics section of the Department of Chemistry in 1973, set up by Victor Moran some years previously. Dermot was involved in designing, building and modifying new and existing in-house systems for both teaching and research purposes and was promoted to Senior Technical Officer in 1980. Throughout his career he contributed invaluably and tirelessly to both teaching and research in the School of Chemistry and Physics. Enjoy your retirement Dermot!

Professor Kenneth Dawson is ranked among the world's most influential scientists

Congratulations to UCD Chemistry's Professor Kenneth Dawson who has been included in a list of Highly Cited Researchers 2018, compiled by Clarivate Analytics. The list is a citation analysis of researchers who are among the top 1% most cited for their year of publication in one of 21 fields of study. The ranking includes 17 Nobel laureates.Highly Cited Researchers 2018, compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

PhD student James Barker wins NUI award

Congratulations to PhD student James Barker (BSc 2017) who is the recipient of an NUI Travelling Studentship 2018. He is currently with the Guiry Research Group and will travel to Stockholm University as part of his award.

Eduardo de Morais wins prize at Boston conference

Congratulations to PhD student Eduardo de Morais from the Sullivan Group who was awarded a prize for his rapid fire presentation at the MRS Fall Meeting 2018 in Boston. The presentation was part of a symposium on Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing for Sustainability.

Gerry Flynn retires after 43 years

Happy Retirement to our colleague Mr. Gerry Flynn, Senior Technical Officer with UCD Chemistry. He has been a friendly face in Chemistry Stores for many years and will be much missed by staff and students alike. Here seen holding his UCD Volunteers Oversees Certificate of Appreciation, presented by Caroline Mangan UCDVO Officer, for all his good works in fund raising during his 43 years in UCD Chemistry.

UCD Chemistry Undergraduates degrees awarded

UCD Chemistry's Class of 2018 were awarded their BSc degrees in September 2018. We wish them every success in their future careers and look forward to seeing some of them again as Postgrads!

UCD Chemistry PhD's awarded

Congratulations to Dr. Samir Belhout (Quinn Group) and Dr. Brian Fitzpatrick (Guiry Group) who were awarded their Chemistry PhD's in September 2018, along with our eight Chemistry PhD students who were awarded their PhD Degrees in June 2018. We wish them every success in their future careers.


UCD Chemistry academics awarded research funding

September 2018: UCD Chemistry academics were recently awarded Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme Grants & CÚRAM grants.

RDS Higher Options 2018

Staff from UCD Chemistry talked with students interested in studying science and discussed working opportunities at the 2018 RDS Higher Options fair.

UCD Chemistry academics awarded research funding

November 2018: UCD Chemistry academics Prof. Declan Gilheany, Dr. James Sullivan, Dr. Grace Morgan & Dr. Marina Rubini have been awarded IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme Grants and Dr. Susan Kelleher has been awarded an SFI grant.

Intel Masters Scholarships awarded to UCD Chemistry graduates

Congratulations to Katie McGarry and Edward Gannon who received the 2018 MSc Negotiated Learning Intel scholarship award. They are both graduates of our school (Katie from the BSc Med Chem/Chem Bio in 2017, Edward from the BSc Chem in 2018). The awards are worth €3,000 each and 16 in total were awarded in UCD this year across different MSc/MEng degrees.


Inorganic Chemists win bid for 2026 ICCC

The Inorganic Chemistry community in Ireland has been successful in their bid to host the biennial International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC) in Dublin in 2026. This conference is one of the longest standing and most prestigious on the international Chemistry circuit.

Prof. Gareth Redmond's biotech company Biosensia acquired by US firm Kypha

The Irish company founded in Dublin in 2009 by Prof Gareth Redmond, now Head of Chemistry at University College Dublin, and Prof Gabriel Crean, formerly chief executive at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, has been acquired by the US medical diagnostics firm Kypha for an undisclosed sum.

Prof. Dawson awarded major SFI funding

On June 28th, 2018, Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) announced that UCD had been chosen to be a part of a joint research venture between Ireland and China on eight next-generation projects. A total sum of €3,326,771 has been made available to further research on campus in the areas of wireless communications, nano-materials and chemical engineering.

Vincent Duong wins best overall poster at IUCRC

UCD Chemistry PhD student Vincent Duong (McGarrigle Group) won Best Overall Poster at the Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium held in Queen's University Belfast in June 2018, with Vibe Jakobsen (Morgan Group) winning 2nd Place for his poster.

APC awards for best research poster 2018

The APC Awards for Best Research Posters 2018 were presented by Dr. Mark Barrett, CEO APC Ltd. to Stage 4, PhD Year 1 - Year 4 students and Postdocs as part of our 2018 Research Day. View photos of the awardees in our APC Awards 2018 Photo Album.

APC Tour by Chemsoc

On the 26th of March 2018, David Mulrooney (President of ChemSoc 2017/18) and forty undergraduate and postgraduate students visited the new APC facility in Cherrywood for talks and insights into the work undertaken at APC.

Eduardo Morais awarded best poster price at EUCheMS

The School of Chemistry congratulates our PhD student Eduardo Morais who recently won an award at the recent 3rd EUCheMS Green & Sustainable Chemistry conference in York in September 2017.

Assoc Prof Brougham's Research on Cover of Chemical Communications

The research of the NMR and Materials group, led by Associate Professor Dermot Brougham, featured as a cover article in Chemical Communications. The paper describes a novel method to prepare size selectable magnetic nanoparticle assemblies with magnetic anisotropy tunable across the superparamagnetic to ferromagnetic range.

Dr. Susan Quinn is awarded the Rita and John Cornforth Award 2016 for Collaborative Research

UCD Chemist, Dr. Susan Quinn has been recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry for her work as part of an international research team investigating the relationship between the molecular origins of disease and the absorption of light energy by DNA.

Andrea Zanetti wins SFI Research Image of the Year Award

Chemistry PhD student, Andrea Zanetti captured the SFI Research Image of the Year award for his image: ‘Organic ChemisTree, a Telescopic View’.