Recent news and events from the Byrne Research Group. [Browse by category: Awards, Outreach, Team, Publications ] See also: Press Archive

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Karolina visits Kavanagh Lab, Maynooth

Karol set up a collaboration with Prof Kevin Kavanagh in Maynooth to investigate the effects of carbohydrate-functionalised metal complexes on Candida albicans. She spent 10 days working in the Kavanagh lab recently, carrying out her own biological assays and collecting some very promising results of the impact on yeast cells. There will be further updates…

Christmas lunch!

We brought the year to a close with a Christmas group lunch in Hyde, Galway. We also celebrated the completion of the fourth year undergraduate research projects. Shivon Karundu, who carried out her project in our lab celebrated with classmates at the research poster session in the School. Well done on a productive year!

Joe interviewed in The Irish Times

Claire O’Connell interviewed Joe for a write-up in the Irish Times about his recent trip to Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany, meeting chemistry Nobel winners, and my current research programme in  into sensors for bacterial infections. Click on photo to read the full article.

Joe attends Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Germany

Joe attended the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Chemistry this June. It was an excellent experience, where he met several Nobel laureates including Dick Schrock and Benjamin List, and had dinner with Jean-Marie Lehn and William Kaelin. Joe summarised his experiences at the meeting in a blog [click for link], which the Irish Research…

Karolina wins prize for talk at ICI Colloquium

Karol delivered an oral presentation at the Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium in UCD on 15 June 2022 entitled “Shining a Light on Bacteria : Lanthanide- based Glycoconjugate Molecular Sensors for Lectins”. The talk was very well received, with lots of discussion arising afterwards. The judges at the Colloquium, the highlight of the ICI’s scientific…

May Outreach Activities

In May, Karolina engaged the public with a “Pint of Science” talk in Massimo’s Bar, Galway and at the START Competition, aimed at schoolchildren. [click for more details]

Shared Island Funding awarded to medical device coating project

A new collaboration between NUI Galway and Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded €193k as part from the Shared Island fund. The SUGARCOAT team will design functional coatings for medical devices to prevent and detect bacterial infections.

Group Christmas Lunch

The Byrne group made it out for a Christmas lunch to celebrate the year’s work!

Joe gives seminar to MIT Glycobiology Club

ecent article in RSC Advances, along with other work from the group. Carbohydrate researchers from MIT and other institutes in the Cambridge area tuned in to watch the talk and ask questions.

Joe awarded Enterprise Ireland funding

Joe has been awarded funding by Enterprise Ireland to support the preparation of a competitive application for the European Research Council Starting Grant.

ISMSC Poster receives commendation

Joe’s poster at the Int’l Symposium of Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry ’21 was recognised for highly commendable work.

Joe attends Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting

Joe attended the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting where he discussed science with young scientists and Laureates including Grubbs, Schrock, Yonath and Perlmutter.

Invited seminar at Keele University

Joe delivered a seminar to postgraduate students and academic staff at Keele University as part of their annual Seminar Series. Joe was invited to speak by Dr Chris Hawes, Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Keele. The seminar was entitled “Sweetness and light: a journey towards diagnostic tools” and described the research which underpins the current…

Joe speaks at Irish Biological Inorganic Chemistry Symposium

Joe gave an oral presentation about his work with carbohydrate-functionalised metal complexes at the 2020 Irish Biological Inorganic Chemistry Symposium in November. The annual IBICS meeting, and subsequent AGM, were held online this year and were well attended. Before his talk, Prof Celine Marmion, the president of IBICS, drew attention again to his role in…

New organocatalysis paper in OBC

In new research, carried out in University of Bern, we have shown that triazolium iodides are excellent catalysts for the oxidative coupling of benzylamines, due to a synergistic cation/anion effect, with iodide acting as I−/I2 redox manifold and the triazolium cation facilitating the iodine reduction and concomitant substrate oxidation. [Click for more]

Call for abstracts for ICI Online Postgrad Symposium

The ICI Postgraduate Chemistry Research Symposium has been launched in a bid to give PhD students a chance to share their research this summer. Please sumit an abstracts to present at this event on 9 September. Joe and Mark Kelada (ICI Young Chemists representatives) are co-chairing a postgraduate committee organising this event.

Lindau Online Science Days

Joe participated the Lindau OSD Event, asking questions of Nobel laureates, presenting his Sciathon project and attending many talks [click for more]

CÚRAM Centre Webinar

Joe gave a talk at the CÚRAM Centre for Medical Device Research webinar series to a multidisciplinary audience [click image for more]

Lindau Sciathon: “Anansi Webinars” (3rd Place)

A new platform for sharing details of online seminars, and a call to “open the doors of seminar rooms worldwide” was the proposal of Team Elmiger in the Sciathon competition [click image for more details]

RSC Carbohydrate Interest Group ECR Webinars

Joe was invited to give a talk as part of the series of Early Career Researcher webinars that the Royal Society of Chemistry Interest Group are organising this summer. His talk was titled: “Metals and carbohydrates: organometallic catalysts & bacterial lectin‐targeting glycoclusters”

Online Seminar Series

See the timetable for the NUI Galway School of Chemistry Online seminar series, which Joe is organising. [click image for details]

New paper in ChemCatChem

New research, carried out at University of Bern and Universitat Jaume I describes the use of mesoionic iridium(III)-NHC complexes as catalysts for efficient dehydrogenation of carbohydrates in water, producing H2 and carbohydrate acids.

Well done, Ian – and now the shutdown!

Congratulations to Ian on submitting his final year project report. We’ll miss having him around the lab. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll all be missing the lab, as it will be closed for the next few months. [click photo for more]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Byrne Group and thanks to our colleagues in the Myers, O’Duill and Farras Groups for a lovely Christmas dinner!

Joe gives seminar at Maynooth University

Joe was invited to give a seminar in his alma mater Maynooth University. He spoke about his research into luminescence and carbohydrates and how his current project is bringing these together. [click photo for more]

Karolina takes part in Science Week at NUI Galway

As part of Kitchen Chemistry, Karolina took part in a Chemistry Workshop for primary school students as part of the Galway Science and Technology Festival. This festival is part of the national Science Week celebrations.

Dillon Symposium Public Session videos

Videos from the public session of the Dillon Centenary Symposium are available on YouTube, including a Chemical Ballet and a historical talk about Prof Dillon [click photo for more]

Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Joe raised funds for CFI by taking part in their annual Head2Head walk around Dublin Bay. People with CF are very affected by P. aeruginosa infections, and our research aims to speed up diagnosis of this pathogen. It seemed an appropriate charity – thanks to those who supported [click for more]

CÚRAM Poetry Slam

In June 2019, CÚRAM SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices invited its researchers to write some poetry in a workshop with Todd Robinson and recite these poems in public at ‘The Dark Horse’ pub in Athlone. This is the work of Team ‘Drug Delivery 1’ and comprises Liam Fitzgerald, Neville Murphy, Marita Dangol, Joseph Byrne,…

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