February 28, 2008
UCD chemistry graduate takes prize for most outstanding PhD thesis

Emilie Banide from the CSCB and UCD School of Chemistry & Chemical Biology was chosen as the winner of the Prize for Young Chemists (2007) awarded by the Royal Irish Academy. On the basis of a 1000-word essay, and the publications resulting from her thesis, it was selected as the best chemistry PhD thesis in Ireland, and she will be entering the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) International Prize for Young Chemists as the Irish winner.

Dr Emilie Banide
Dr Emilie Banide, winner of RIA Prize for Young Chemists (2007)

Dr Banide received her undergraduate education in Lyon and in Paris, and completed her PhD entitled "From Allenes to Tetracenes: Syntheses, Structures, and Reactivity of the Intermediates" in three years working in the laboratory of Professor Michael McGlinchey, principal investigator at the CSCB. In her research project, she developed efficient synthetic routes to a wide variety of novel organic compounds that exhibit luminescent behaviour, and have considerable potential for use in computer display screens. The work was supported by funding from Science Foundation Ireland. Upon graduation, Emilie joined Novartis, the multinational pharmaceutical company, and will be working in Cork and in Basel, Switzerland.

Dr Banide is the second UCD chemist to receive this award in recent years; in 2004 Dr Manuela Tosin from Professor Paul Murphy’s group was the recipient.

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