News & Events
PhD Student wins judges’ special distinction awardPhD student (Dawson Group) Emily Sheridan was presented with a judges special distinction award plus €500 for her entry to the 2019 Mary Mulvihill Award, 'A tale of a life lived for science from an unlikely narrator'. The award was presented by Ann O'Dea, CEO of Silicon Republic (pictured left). Emily is also the Dublin coordinator for Pint of Science Dublin. Congratulations Emily!
Stage 4 student wins Sportsperson of the Year awardAd Astra Elite Scholar and Stage 4 Chemistry student Shane Mulvaney was named ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ at the 2019 UCD Sport Awards along with fellow rower David O'Malley from Medicine. The pair made a big splash at the World U23 Rowing Championships in July winning gold in the men’s 2000m lightweight pair and were the first ever Irish team to win gold at the championships.
Undergraduate Medallists 2017/18We were honoured to welcome Professor Dervilla Donnelly to present the award named in her honour, the Professor Dervilla Donnelly Medal for Stage 4 BSc Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology, to Cian Reid (pictured), Joseph Ruddy and Cathal Caulfield.
BOC Gases Bursary Awards 2019This year, Anna Vetter (Gilheany Group), Eduardo de Morais (Sullivan Group) and Stephen Devereux (Quinn Group) were the recipients of the BOC Gases Bursary Awards for best Postgraduate Project 2019, presented by Dr. Kieran Hennessy and Mr. Eamonn Bolton from BOC Gases Irl. Ltd.
Stage 4 students exhibit their research postersCongratulations to our Stage 4 students who successfully exhibited their research posters as part of our Research Day 2019.
Eimear Madden wins 2nd place in Undergraduate Environmental Researcher of the Year competitionCongratulations to Stage 4 student Eimear Madden who was awarded 2nd place in the Earth Institute Undergraduate Environmental Researcher of the Year competition which took place in April 2019.
Mark Reihill wins 2019 JG Buchanan PrizeCongratulations to PhD Student Mark Reihill (Oscarson Group) on winning the 2019 JG Buchanan Prize for Best Early Stage Researcher Talk on evaluating Helicobacter Pylori Adhesion Binding at the Royal Society of Chemistry Carbohydrate Group Conference held at the University of Reading in April.
Mass Spectrometry Community of PracticeUCD Mass Spectrometry Community of Practice held a pre-event seminar as part of UCD’s Work Smarter Together event in March with Dr. Jimmy Muldoon representing Chemistry. Mass Spectrometry lab managers in UCD gave short presentations describing the instrumentation within their facilities and the range of techniques available. A recurring theme was the need for sustainable long-term investment in equipment, servicing support and training to achieve the utmost from such advanced techniques and instrumentation.
UCD Women in Science 2019The 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 FutureproofAss. 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 scholarshipCongratulations 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 ChemistryThe 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.
Brightspace VLE replaces Blackboard & MoodleBrightspace VLE replaces Blackboard & Moodle from January 2019. Students will be able to access their Cohort 1 modules from 7th January and training for both staff and students is available. Go to https://www.ucd.ie/futurevle/#brightspace_student_orientation.
Prof. Pat Guiry receives IRC awardsCongratulations 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 awardCongratulations 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".
Eduardo de Morais wins prize at Boston conferenceCongratulations 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 in Boston. The presentation was part of a symposium on Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing for Sustainability.
Dermot Keenan Retires after 45 yearsDermot 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!
Postgraduate Conferrals December 2018Congratulations and best wishes to all our MSc and PhD graduates who were conferred this week:
Owen Hickey, Clara Zehe, Huan Zhang and Zhengpengzi Chen were awarded MSc degrees and Cai Qi, Kevin Gahan, Brian Gaynor, Jinju James, Darren Lawlor and Alberto Romano Corrochano were awarded PhD degrees.