UCD School of Chemistry Seminar Series 2018/19

Seminars take place on Wednesdays in S3.56, unless otherwise indicated.

*Pre-seminar coffee and tea will be served 15 minutes before the seminar behind the glass wall on the third floor (A3)*

Friday 28th September

10:30-11:00 E2.14

Two Decades of Commercializing Nanotechnology for Medical Devices: Real Products Helping Real Humans, Thomas J. Webster

UCD Bionanoscience Seminar, Science East, E2.14

Friday 28th September

14:00 S3.56

Carbon-Based Multi-Modal Neural Interfaces for Simultaneous Long-Term Electrical Stimulation and High-Resolution Neurotransmitter Detection

Sam Kassegne, PhD, PE Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Fri 12th October

15:00 H1.51

Beyond 3-D: Recapitulating Nature for Optimal Bioproduction

Speaker: John Cadwell, CEO of FiberCell Systems Inc.

Mon 15th October

15:00 H2.21

Bio-convergence Spintronic Devices

Professor CheolGi Kim - Department of Emerging Materials Science, DGIST, South Korea

Mon 15th October

16:00 S1.67

Catalytic (de) hydrogenation reactions with Fe(ll) and Mn(l) pincer complexes

Prof Karl Kirchner - TU Vienna

Fri 9th November

15:00 H1.51

Luminescent Metal Complexes: From Molecular to Nanoparticle Probes for Detection and Imaging 

Prof Zoe Pikramenou (Univ. of Birmingham)  

Wed 14th November

16:00 S3.56

Synthetic Mimics of Secondary and Tertiary Structure 

Dr Pete Knipe (Queens University Belfast) 



Lecture cancelled   

Prof Polly Arnold (University of Edinburgh) 

11:30 - 18:00 Mon 3rd 

09:30 - 15:30 Tues 4th Dec

S3.56 Science South

Inorganic Symposium to celebrate 50 years of Coordination Chemistry

Two days of talks, posters and flash presentations, view programme 50 years of Coordination Chemistry.

AP de Silva (Queen’s University, Belfast)  

Nils Metzler-Nolte (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Sam de Visser (University of Manchester)

Paddy McGowan (University of Leeds)

Matthias Tacke (University College Dublin)

Frédéric Banse (Université Paris-Sud 11, Orsay)

Annie Powell (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Stuart James (Queen’s University, Belfast)  

Grace Morgan (University College Dublin)

Denise Rooney (University of Maynooth)

Sylvia Draper (Trinity College Dublin)  

Pat Guiry (University College Dublin)

Andrew Phillips (University College Dublin)

Michael McGlinchey (University College Dublin)

Thorri Gunnlaugsson (Trinity College Dublin)

Mark Muldoon (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Aidan McDonald (Trinity College Dublin)

Constantina Papatriantafylloupoulou (NUIG)

Celine Marmion (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) TBA 

Tia Keyes (Dublin City University)

Short Talks:

Helge Muller-Bünz (University College Dublin)

Irina Kühne (University College Dublin)

Wed 5th December

16:00 H1.26

UCD Chemistry Society Christmas Lecture & Reception

Prof. Andreas Heise, Head of Polymer Chemistry, The Royal College of Surgeons.

Macromolecular engineering with amino acids: From simple linear polypeptides to bespoke biomaterials for gene delivery and tissue engineering 

16:00-17:15 : Lecture by Prof. Heise H1.26 (Intel Theatre -Theatre E)

17:15-18:30: Mulled wine/ punch reception

18:30-20:00: Christmas dinner in Pi, BYOW (bring your own wine)

Fri 7th December 

All Day - RCSI

CSCB Annual Symposium Recent Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology XVII  

Prof Helma Wennemers (ETH)

Prof Jonathan Nitschke (Cambridge Univ.)

Prof Ed Tate (Imperial College London)

Prof Kevin Booker-Milburn (Univ. of Bristol)

Prof Chris Braddock (Imperial College London)

Mon 14th January

3.00 pm S1.67

Chemical Biology of Cellular Carbohydrates: Multivalency & Bioorthogonal Labeling

Prof. Valentin Wittman (University of Konstanz)

Tues 12th February

4.00 pm S3.56

Chemical synthesis of oligosaccharides representative of plant cell wall glycans

Prof Mads Hartvig Clausen, DTU, Copenhagen

Thurs 14th February

3pm S1.67

Glycosyl cycloadducts and their interactions with biological targets

Cristina Nativi (Univ. of Florence)

Wed 13th March

4.00 pm S3.56

The Synthesis of Bisphosphorylated Compounds and their Applications in Biomedicine

Prof. Marc Lecouvey (Univ. Paris 13)

Thurs 21stMarch

4.00pm S3.56

Degradation of nanoparticles and how it affects particle interaction with cells

Prof Wolfgang Parak (University of Hamburg)

Fri 29th March

4.00 pm

Time and location tbc Prof Ulf Ellervik (University of Lund)
Title tbc

Thurs 11th April

3.00 pm H2.38

Nanotechnology Approaches to Biological Heterogeneity and Cellular Therapies

Prof Paul Weiss (UCLA)

Wed 18th April

1.00 pm


Fri 20th April

1.00 pm



Thur 26th April

10am - 6pm

Chemistry Research Day and Chemistry Society Inaugural Lecture



Wed 2nd May

3.00 pm


Fri 4th May

2.00 pm


Wed 9th May


Thurs 10th May




Tues 28th May

9 - 5pm

Dublin Chemistry, 3rd Year Talks Day, UCD

Fri 1st June

3.00 pm