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Conferring December 2023

December 2023 Conferring of Graduate Degrees

UCD School of Chemistry is delighted to congratulate a large group of twenty-five graduate students who were conferred with their degrees at this year’s December Conferring ceremony on Tuesday the 5th of December 2023. Ten PhD students and two MSc by Research students were conferred alongside thirteen Taught MSc students in a day of celebration of all of their achievements.

Group of students and teachers at ceremony

Back Row, left to right – Joe Byrne, Declan Gilheany, Aniello Palma, Tony Keene, Eoghan McGarrigle, Pat Guiry, Nadia Elghobashi-Meinhardt, Marcus Baumann, Vitaly Buckin.

Front Row, left to right – Aoife O’Donnell, Rachel Tan, Wanyujin Wang, Peter McDermott, Benjamin Owen, Cormac Bracken, Kian Donnelly, Dorottya Kriszan, Mark Dizon, Ines Martinez Chauvin, Zoe Walsh, and Susan Quinn.

Masters degrees were conferred upon students from our two Taught Masters programmes.

Well done to:

MSc Synthetic Chemistry for the Pharmaceutical & Fine Chemical Industry (F105) MSc Chemistry by Negotiated Learning (F042)
Somya Chawla Mohammad Arsalan Pasha
Luke Crehan Shrikala Santosh Bandekar
Clara Dornan Wanyujin Wang
Oliver Dowling Jia Min Wong
Niall McDonnell Xingxing Xu
Aoife O’Donnell  
Jeremiah Olusegun  
Rachel Sze Huey Tan  

 Students & professor at conferring

Left to right: Declan Gilheany, Aoife O’Donnell, Wanyujin Wang & Rachel Tan

The Graduate Research cohort comprised two MScs by Research and ten PhD students. As always, their thesis titles demonstrate the wide breadth of research that our Graduate Research students undertake.

Zoe Walsh MSc, supervised by Susan Quinn & Jeremy Simpson, for her thesis entitled “Study of the Biological Interactions on Luminescent Carbon Dots”.

Ines Martinez Chauvin, MSc, supervised by Dermot Brougham, for her thesis entitled “Synthesis and process optimisation of multicore iron-oxide nanoparticles as responsive components in biomedical applications”.

Mark Dizon PhD, supervised by Vitaly Buckin, for his thesis entitled “Application of high-resolution ultrasonic spectroscopy for real-time non-destructive monitoring of hydrolysis of whey proteins”.

Kian Donnelly PhD, supervised by Marcus Baumann, for his thesis entitled “Utilising Continuous Flow Technology for the Synthesis of Strained Cyclic Systems”.

Cian Reid PhD, supervised by Patrick Guiry, for his thesis entitled “The Synthesis of Chiral P,N Ligands and Their Applications in Asymmetric Catalysis”.

Dorottya Krizsan PhD, supervised by Susan Quinn, for her thesis entitled “Towards Dual Emissive DNA-Binding Probes: Preparation, Characterisation and Functionalism of Luminescent Carbon Dots”.

Peter McDermott PhD, supervised by Eoghan McGarrigle, for his thesis entitled “Novel Strategies for the Synthesis of Organophosphorus Compounds”.

Cormac Bracken PhD, supervised by Marcus Baumann, for his thesis entitled “Applying Photoflow Chemistry to Generate Diverse Heterocycles from Reactive Intermediaries”.

Lucy Byrne PhD, supervised by Patrick Guiry, for her thesis entitled “Towards the Synthesis of Lipoxin-Resolvin Hybrid Analogues for Potential Therapeutic Applications”.

Danielle Winning PhD, supervised by Dermot Brougham, for her thesis entitled “Magnetic Nanocomposite Hydrogels with AC-field Induced Release as Controlled Delivery Systems for Biomedicine”.

Benjamin Owen PhD, supervised by Patrick Guiry, for his thesis entitled “The Synthesis of Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentane-Containing Aromatic Lipoxin Analogues”.

Francesca Giulia Nacca PhD, supervised by Andrew Phillips, for her thesis entitled “Synthesis and Evaluation of a Functionalised Set of Highly Lewis Acidic Eta-6-Arene Ru(II) Alpha, Alpha-Diimine Catalysts to Efficient Promote Benchmarked Diels-Alder Cycloadditions”.

Baumann Research Group

The Baumann Research Group celebrating with Cormac Bracken and Kian Donnelly

The Guiry Research Group

The Guiry Research Group celebrating with Cian Reid, Benjamin Owen, & Lucy Byrne

We wish you all the very best in your future careers and hope that you will keep in touch with us.

Go n-éirí an bothar libh go léir!


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