Orla Ni Dhubhghaill

Lecturer
Chemistry
Room 409
Department of Chemistry
Kane Building
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

T: +353 21 490 2270
E: o.nidhubhghaill@ucc.ie

                         

Orla Ni Dhubhghaill has been chair of the departmental teaching committee since 2012 with overall responsibility for the B.Sc. (Chemistry) degree including coordination of the recent semesterisation of the programme; she was previously Examinations Officer for the department (2007 – 2012). In 2011 – 2012, she served as  chair of the departmental working group on RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) accreditation of our undergraduate degree programmes; all of the degree programmes submitted were accredited. She has acted as the departmental liaison representative with the Disability Support Service since 2001 reflecting her commitment to student welfare.  In 2008, she was chair of the organising committee for the 60th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, held in UCC.  Her research interests lie in bioinorganic chemistry, in particular in the design and synthesis of coordination complexes with potential biological activity.  To date she has graduated seven Ph.D. students and three M.Sc. students, including four Ph.D students and two M.Sc.students in the period 2008 – 2013. 

Background: She obtained both B.Sc.(1st Hons) and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from U.C.C. Her doctoral research focussed on the synthesis and characterisation of metalloboranes. She then moved to the University of London (Birkbeck College) and the field of bioinorganic chemistry, working on metal-based anticancer agents in the group of Professor Peter J. Sadler. In 1993, she moved again, this time to the University of Lausanne as a postdoctoral research associate in Prof. Andre Merbach’s group where she worked on a project to investigate the relaxation properties of lanthanides used as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agents. In October 1994 she returned to UCC to a temporary lectureship in the Department of Chemistry, and was appointed to a permanent position in October 1996. 

Research Interests

                       

Research in Orla Ni Dhubhghaill’s laboratory is in bioinorganic chemistry with particular emphasis on the design and synthesis of coordination complexes with potential biological activity.

Work in the group focusses on (i) design and synthesis of novel hemi-labile ligands of the types P,N,O-, P,N,S-, or P,N,N--; (ii) development of synthetic routes to Group 10 (Pd, Pt) and Group 11 (Cu, Ag) complexes of these and (iii) investigations of the reactivity of the complexes with biologically relevant ligands.  More recently we have prepared a series of cycloplatinated complexes including complexes of platinum(IV); preliminary studies on selected complexes have shown excellent DNA binding capacity as well as some cytotoxicity.

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2011)'Evaluation of the Bruker SMART X2S: crystallography for the nonspecialist?'
Eccles, KS,Stokes, SP,Daly, CA,Barry, NM,McSweeney, SP,O'Neill, DJ,Kelly, DM,Jennings, WB,Dhubhghaill, OMN,Moynihan, HA,Maguire, AR,Lawrence, SE; (2011) 'Evaluation of the Bruker SMART X2S: crystallography for the nonspecialist?'. Journal of Applied Crystallography, 44 :213-215 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2005)'Palladium(II) and platinum(II) complexes with tridentate iminophosphine ligands; synthesis and structural studies'
Ni Dhubhghaill, OM,Lennon, J,Drew, MGB; (2005) 'Palladium(II) and platinum(II) complexes with tridentate iminophosphine ligands; synthesis and structural studies'. Dalton Transactions, :3213-3220 [DOI] [Details]
(2001)'Dichloro-trans-bis[tris(2-cyanoethyl)phosphine]-palladium(II)'
Lawrence, SE,Kelly, M,Dhubhghaill, OMN; (2001) 'Dichloro-trans-bis[tris(2-cyanoethyl)phosphine]-palladium(II)'. Acta Crystallographica Section E-Structure Reports Online, 57 :272-273 [Details]
(1999)'Coordination equilibrium - a clue for fast water exchange on potential magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents?'
Toth, E; Ni Dhubhghaill, OM; Besson, G.;Helm, L; Merbach, A.E; (1999) 'Coordination equilibrium - a clue for fast water exchange on potential magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents?'. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 37 (10):701-708 [Details]
(1996)'Structural and Dynamic Parameters Obtained From ^17O NMR, EPR, and NMRD Studies of Monomeric and Dimeric Gd^3+ Complexes of Interest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging an Integrated and Theoretically Self-Consistent Approach [B4903]'
Powell, D. Hugh; Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla M.; Pubanz, Dirk; Helm, Lothar; Lebedev, Yakob S.; Schlaepfer, Willi; Merbach, Andre E.; (1996) 'Structural and Dynamic Parameters Obtained From ^17O NMR, EPR, and NMRD Studies of Monomeric and Dimeric Gd^3+ Complexes of Interest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging an Integrated and Theoretically Self-Consistent Approach [B4903]'. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 118 :9333-* [Details]
(1995)'Cytotoxic Phosphinarsino and Diphosphino Pd(II) Complexes of Thiolate Amino Acids and Glutathione [B4899]'
Ni Dhubhghaill, O. M.; Fernandez, E. G.; Sadler, P. J.; (1995) 'Cytotoxic Phosphinarsino and Diphosphino Pd(II) Complexes of Thiolate Amino Acids and Glutathione [B4899]'. Metal-Based Drugs, 2 :19-* [Details]
(1995)'Solution Kinetic Behaviour of Lanthanide (III) Polyaminocarboxylates From Oxygen-17 NMR Studies [B4905]'
Powell, D. H.; Favre, M.; Graeppi, N.; Ni Dhubhghaill, O. M.; Pubanz, D.; Merbach, A. E.; (1995) 'Solution Kinetic Behaviour of Lanthanide (III) Polyaminocarboxylates From Oxygen-17 NMR Studies [B4905]'. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 225 :246-* [Details]
(1994)'Aquation of the Anticancer Complex Trans-[Ru(III)Cl_4(Him)_2]-(Him = Imidazole) [B4901]'
Ni Dhubhghaill, O. M.; Hagen, W. R.; Keppler, B. K.; Lipponer, K.-G.; Sadler, P. J.; (1994) 'Aquation of the Anticancer Complex Trans-[Ru(III)Cl_4(Him)_2]-(Him = Imidazole) [B4901]'. Dalton Transactions, * (*):3305-* [Details]
(1993)'Amphiphilic bisthiolato nickel(II), palladium(II), and platinum(II) complexes with bisphosphine or phosphinoarsino ligands'
Jarrett,P.S.; Ni Dhubhghaill,O.M.; Sadler,P.J.; (1993) 'Amphiphilic bisthiolato nickel(II), palladium(II), and platinum(II) complexes with bisphosphine or phosphinoarsino ligands'. Dalton Transactions, (*):1863-* [Details]
(1993)'The Structure and Bonding in Nido-X_2B_9H_9 (X = S or Se) Clusters [B332]'
Ni Dhubhghaill, O.; Reed, D.; Spalding, T. R.; (1993) 'The Structure and Bonding in Nido-X_2B_9H_9 (X = S or Se) Clusters [B332]'. Polyhedron, 12 :1977-1984 [Details]
(1992)'Drug induced reactions of bovine serum albumin: 1H NMR studies of gold binding and cysteine release'
Ni Dhubhghaill,O.M.; Sadler,P.J.;Tucker,A.; (1992) 'Drug induced reactions of bovine serum albumin: 1H NMR studies of gold binding and cysteine release'. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 114 (*):1118-* [Details]
(1991)'The structure and reactivity of arsenic compounds - biological-activity and drug design'
NiDhubhghaill, OM; Sadler, PJ, ; (1991) 'The structure and reactivity of arsenic compounds - biological-activity and drug design'. STRUCTURE AND BONDING, 78 :129-190 [Details]
(1990)'Gold(I) complexes of 1-diphenylphosphino-2-diphenylarsinoethane (dadpe): Solution studies, X-ray crystal structures and cytotoxicity of [(AuCl2dadpe].0.5 DMA and [Au(dadpe)2]Cl.2H2O'
Ni Dhubhghaill,O.M.; Sadler, P.J.; Kuroda, R.; (1990) 'Gold(I) complexes of 1-diphenylphosphino-2-diphenylarsinoethane (dadpe): Solution studies, X-ray crystal structures and cytotoxicity of [(AuCl2dadpe].0.5 DMA and [Au(dadpe)2]Cl.2H2O'. Journal of The Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, , (*):2913-* [Details]
(1989)'Metallaheteroborane Chemistry. Part 5. Synthesis of closo-[2,2-(PR)2-1,2- SePtB10H10].(R = Et3, Bun3, or Me2Ph) and arachno-[9,9-(PMe2Ph)2-6,9-SePtB8H10] and their characterisation by NMR techniques: The crystal and molecular structures of closo-[2,2-(PEt3)2-2,1-SePtB10H10] and arachno-[9,9-(PMe2Ph)2-6,9- SePtB8H10]'
Faridoon; Ni Dhubhghaill, O.M.; Spalding,T.R.; Ferguson,G.; Kaitner,B.; Fontaine,X.L.R.; Kennedy, J.D.; (1989) 'Metallaheteroborane Chemistry. Part 5. Synthesis of closo-[2,2-(PR)2-1,2- SePtB10H10].(R = Et3, Bun3, or Me2Ph) and arachno-[9,9-(PMe2Ph)2-6,9-SePtB8H10] and their characterisation by NMR techniques: The crystal and molecular structures of closo-[2,2-(PEt3)2-2,1-SePtB10H10] and arachno-[9,9-(PMe2Ph)2-6,9- SePtB8H10]'. Journal of The Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, * (*):1657-* [Details]
(1989)'Studies of Group VI heteroboranes'
Ni Dhubhghaill,O.M.; MacCurtain,J.; Myers,M.; Spalding, T.R.; Brint, R.P; McCabe,T.; Ferguson,G.; Reed, D. G. Ferguson, and D. Reed; (1989) 'Studies of Group VI heteroboranes'. Proceedings of Royal Irish Academy, Sect. B, 89 (*):461-* [Details]
(1988)'Metallaheteroborane Chemistry - II. Synthesis and characterisation of [Ir(dppe)2(X)2][SeB10H11] {X = O (I), H (II)} complexes. Crystal and molecular structure of cis-bis[1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane]-dihydroiridium(III)selenaundecahydrodecaborate(1-), (II)'
Ferguson,G.; Hampden-Smith,M.J.; Ni Dhubhghaill,O.M.; Spalding,T.R.; (1988) 'Metallaheteroborane Chemistry - II. Synthesis and characterisation of [Ir(dppe)2(X)2][SeB10H11] {X = O (I), H (II)} complexes. Crystal and molecular structure of cis-bis[1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane]-dihydroiridium(III)selenaundecahydrodecaborate(1-), (II)'. Polyhedron, 7 (*):187-* [Details]
(1988)'The formation of the [7-SeB10H11] anion from 1-SeB11H11 and the structure of the anion studied by boron-11 COSY NMR and X-ray crystallography'
Reed,D.; Ferguson,G.; Ruhl,B.L.;Ni Dhubhghaill, O.M.; Spalding, T.R.; (1988) 'The formation of the [7-SeB10H11] anion from 1-SeB11H11 and the structure of the anion studied by boron-11 COSY NMR and X-ray crystallography'. Polyhedron, 7 (*):17-* [Details]
(1988)'Metallaheteroborane chemistry .4. The synthesis of closo-[2,2-(PPh3)2-2-H-1,2-XMB10H10] (X=Se or Te, M = Rh or Ir) compounds and arachno-[9,9-(PMe2Ph)2-6,9-SePtB8H10], their characterization by nuclear magnetic-resonance techniques and the crystal and molecular-structures of the X =Te, M=Rh complex'
Faridoon; Dhubhghaill, ON; Spalding, TR; Ferguson, G; Kaitner, B; Fontaine, XLR; Kennedy, JD; Reed, D.; (1988) 'Metallaheteroborane chemistry .4. The synthesis of closo-[2,2-(PPh3)2-2-H-1,2-XMB10H10] (X=Se or Te, M = Rh or Ir) compounds and arachno-[9,9-(PMe2Ph)2-6,9-SePtB8H10], their characterization by nuclear magnetic-resonance techniques and the crystal and molecular-structures of the X =Te, M=Rh complex'. JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 11 :2739-2745 [Details]
(1987)'Structure and Mössbauer spectrum of bis(tetraethylammonium)1,1´-commo-bis(decahydro-1-ferra-2-selena-closo-decaborate)'
Ferguson,G.; Ruhl,B.L.; Ni Dhubhghaill,O.M.; Spalding, T.R.; (1987) 'Structure and Mössbauer spectrum of bis(tetraethylammonium)1,1´-commo-bis(decahydro-1-ferra-2-selena-closo-decaborate)'. Acta Crystallographica, Section C, 43 (*):1250-* [Details]
(1987)'Reactions of heteroboranes. Synthesis of [2,2-(PPh3)2-2,1-SePtB10H10].CH2Cl2, its crystal and molecular structure and that of SeB11H11'
Ferguson, G.; Parvez, M.; McCurtain, J.A.; Ni Dhubhghaill,O.M.; Spalding, T.R; Reed, D.; (1987) 'Reactions of heteroboranes. Synthesis of [2,2-(PPh3)2-2,1-SePtB10H10].CH2Cl2, its crystal and molecular structure and that of SeB11H11'. Journal of The Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, (*):699-* [Details]
(1982)'Preparation of a RuO2-modified semiconductor oxide surface- an optimisation procedure of interest in energy conversion systems'
Burke, L.D.; Healy, J.F.; Ni Dhubhghaill, O.M.; (1982) 'Preparation of a RuO2-modified semiconductor oxide surface- an optimisation procedure of interest in energy conversion systems'. Surface Technology, Surface Technology, 16, (4):341-347 [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(1993)'Gold Complexes in Cancer Chemotherapy, a Review'
Ni Dhubhghaill, O.M.; Sadler,P.J.; (1993) 'Gold Complexes in Cancer Chemotherapy, a Review' In: Metal complexes in cancer chemotherapy. [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2012)5th Irish Institute for Metal-Based Drugs meeting,
O'Donoghue, John, Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla (2012) Biological and luminescence studies on cycloplatinated complexes. [Oral Presentation], 5th Irish Institute for Metal-Based Drugs meeting, University College Dublin , 11-DEC-12 - 11-DEC-12. [Details]
(2011)63rd Irish Universities Research Colloquium,
O'Donoghue, John (Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla) (2011) Synthesis and Studies of Platinum Chloride Iminophosphine Complexes. [Oral Presentation], 63rd Irish Universities Research Colloquium, University College, Dublin , 23-JUN-11 - 24-JUN-11. [Details]
(2010)62nd Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium,
Twomey, Michelle, Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla, Eccles, Kevin, Lawrence, Simon. (2010) The complexation of the group 10 metal, platinum, to novel amidophosphine ligands. [Poster Presentation], 62nd Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, Queens University, Belfast , 01-JUL-10 - 02-JUL-10. [Details]
(2008)60th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, UCC,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (2008) Chair of Colloquium Organising Committee. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 60th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, UCC, University College Cork , 11-JUN-08 - 13-JUN-08. [Details]
(2007)5th Eli Lilly postgraduate research symposium,
Terence Maguire (Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla) (2007) Design and synthesis of novel Pt(II) and Pt(IV) tridentate complexes: potential anti-cancer agents. [Oral Presentation], 5th Eli Lilly postgraduate research symposium, University College Cork , 14-SEP-07 - 14-SEP-07. [Details]
(2007)1st Irish Institute for Metal-Based Drugs meeting,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (2007) Palladium and Platinum Iminophosphines: potential anticancer agents. [Oral Presentation], 1st Irish Institute for Metal-Based Drugs meeting, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin , 20-SEP-07 - 20-SEP-07. [Details]
(2006)58th Irish Universities Research Colloquium,
Maguire, Terence (Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla) (2006) Cycloplatinated imonophosphine complexes; synthesis and reactivity. [Oral Presentation], 58th Irish Universities Research Colloquium, NUIG, Galway , 14-JUN-06 - 16-JUN-06. [Details]
(2006)Recent advances in synthesis and chemical biology V,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; Maguire, Terence (2006) Cyclometallates; what drives their formation and how do they react?. [Poster Presentation], Recent advances in synthesis and chemical biology V, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin , 15-DEC-06 - 15-DEC-06. [Details]
(2006)COST D-20 Metal complexes in cancer and viral treatment - final meeting,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (2006) Synthesis and reactivity of novel cyclometallated complexes. [Poster Presentation], COST D-20 Metal complexes in cancer and viral treatment - final meeting, Brno, Czech Republic , 15-JUN-06 - 18-JUN-06. [Details]
(2005)XX Congress of the International Union of Crystallography, IUCr,
Lennon, Joanne; Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (2005) Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes with tridentate iminophosphine ligands and their phosphine derivatives. [Poster Presentation], XX Congress of the International Union of Crystallography, IUCr, Florence, Italy , 23-AUG-05 - 31-MAR-05. [Details]
(2005)10th Irish Inorganic Chemistry Conference,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (2005) Palladium(II) and Platinum(II) Complexes with Tridentate Iminophosphine Ligands: Syntheses, Structural Studies, and Reactivity. [Poster Presentation], 10th Irish Inorganic Chemistry Conference, NUIM, Maynooth , 09-SEP-05 - 11-SEP-05. [Details]
(2005)1st European Conference on Chemistry for Life Sciences,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (2005) Platinum and Palladium Iminophosphines: Synthesis, Structural Studies and Reaction with Nucleosides. [Poster Presentation], 1st European Conference on Chemistry for Life Sciences, Rimini, Italy , 04-OCT-05 - 08-OCT-05. [Details]
(2004)Analytical & Biological Chemistry Research Facility research day, UCC,
J. Lennon, O.M. Ni Dhubhghaill, M.G.B. Drew ; (2004) Group 10 complexes of tridentate iminophosphines: syntheses, structures and reactivity. [Poster Presentation], Analytical & Biological Chemistry Research Facility research day, UCC, UCC , 22-APR-04 - 22-APR-04. [Details]
(2003)55th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium,
Lennon, Joanne (Ni Dhubhgaill, Orla) (2003) Palladium(II) and Platinum(II) complexes with tridentate iminophosphine ligands and their phosphine derivatives; synthesis and structural studies. [Oral Presentation], 55th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, TCD, Dublin , 15-MAY-03 - 16-MAY-03. [Details]
(1995)Invited seminar at RCSI, Dublin,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (1995) Aspects of the Bioinorganic Chemistry of Arsenic. [Oral Presentation], Invited seminar at RCSI, Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin , 16-MAY-95 - 16-MAY-95. [Details]
(1994)12th European Experimental NMR Conference,
D. H. Powell, G. González, N. Graeppi, L. Helm, O. Ni Dhubhghaill, D. Pubanz, V. Tissières, A. E. Merbach, K. Micskei and E. Brücher; (1994) Gadolinium Based Medical MRI Contrast Agents: Studies Using Variable Temperature, -Pressure and -Magnetic Field 17O NMR and EPR. [Poster Presentation], 12th European Experimental NMR Conference, Oulu, Finland , 05-JUN-94 - 10-JUN-94. [Details]
(1994)Autumn Meeting of the New Swiss Chemical Society,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (1994) Water exchange on gadolinium based medical MRI contrast agents. [Poster Presentation], Autumn Meeting of the New Swiss Chemical Society, Berne,Switzerland , 01-OCT-94 - 01-OCT-94. [Details]
(1994)1st COST European Workshop on Biocoordination,
O. Ni Dhubhghaill, D. H. Powell and A. E. Merbach; (1994) Water Exchange, Rotation and Electronic Relaxation of Dimeric Gd3+ Complexes of Interest as MRI Contrast Agents. [Poster Presentation], 1st COST European Workshop on Biocoordination, Budapest, Hungary , 01-SEP-94 - 01-SEP-94. [Details]
(1994)2nd Scientific Meeting of the COST D1 Working Group: Synthesis and physicochemical studies of lanthanide & transition metal chelates of relevance to magnetic resonance imaging,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (1994) H2O Exchange, Rotation & Electronic Relaxation of Dimeric Gd3+ Complexes of Interest as MRI Contrast Agents. [Oral Presentation], 2nd Scientific Meeting of the COST D1 Working Group: Synthesis and physicochemical studies of lanthanide & transition metal chelates of relevance to magnetic resonance imaging, Budapest, Hungary , 01-SEP-94 - 01-SEP-94. [Details]
(1994)2nd. International Conference on f-Elements,
N. Graeppi, O. Ni Dhubhghaill, D.H. Powell, D. Pubanz, and A.E. Merbach,; (1994) Solution kinetic behaviour of lanthanide (III) polyaminocarboxylates from oxygen-17 NMR studies. [Oral Presentation], 2nd. International Conference on f-Elements, Helsinki, Finland , 01-AUG-94 - 06-AUG-94. [Details]
(1994)GRAMM94: VIème Congrès du Groupe de Recherche sur les Applications du Magnétisme en Médicine,
D. Hugh Powell, O.M. Ni Dhubhghaill, G. González, N. Graeppi, L. Helm, D. Pubanz, V. Tissières, K. Micskei, E. Brücher, and A.E. Merbach ; (1994) Etudes par RMN de l'Oxygène-17 et RPE des Complexes Chelates de Gd3+ Utilisés Comme Agents de Contraste en Imagerie par Résonance Magnétique (Oxygen-17 NMR and EPR Studies of Chelate Complexes of Gd3+ Used as Contrast Agents in Magnetic Resonance Imaging). [Oral Presentation], GRAMM94: VIème Congrès du Groupe de Recherche sur les Applications du Magnétisme en Médicine, Grenoble, France , 01-FEB-94 - 03-FEB-94. [Details]
(1993)1st Scientific Meeting of the COST D1 Working Group: Synthesis and physicochemical studies of lanthanide & transition metal chelates of relevance to magnetic resonance imaging,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (1993) 17O NMR and EPR studies of novel dimeric gadolinium (III) chelates. [Oral Presentation], 1st Scientific Meeting of the COST D1 Working Group: Synthesis and physicochemical studies of lanthanide & transition metal chelates of relevance to magnetic resonance imaging, Lausanne, Switzerland , 09-DEC-93 - 11-DEC-93. [Details]
(1993)Latin-American Inorganic Chemistry Meeting,
M. Rodriguez Beiro, M.E. Garcia, O.M. Ni Dhubhghaill, R.E. Sue, and P.J. Sadler,; (1993) Copper, silver, and gold(I) complexes with bis(2-diphenylphosphinoethyl) phenylphosphine. [Poster Presentation], Latin-American Inorganic Chemistry Meeting, Santiago de Compostella, Spain , 13-SEP-93 - 17-SEP-93. [Details]
(1993)Réunion de Chimie Alsace-Suisse,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (1993) 17O NMR and EPR studies of gadolinium (III) chelates of interest as magnetic resonance imaging agents. [Poster Presentation], Réunion de Chimie Alsace-Suisse, Neuchâtel, Switzerland , 21-SEP-93 - 22-SEP-93. [Details]
(1993)ESF Workshop on: The impact of nonplatinum metal ions on drugs, chemotherapeutics and related compounds,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (1993) Spectroscopic studies of the solution chemistry of the anti tumour complex, trans-ImH[RuIm2Cl4] (Im = imidazole). [Poster Presentation], ESF Workshop on: The impact of nonplatinum metal ions on drugs, chemotherapeutics and related compounds, Karpacz, Poland , 01-SEP-93 - 04-SEP-93. [Details]
(1993)European Research Conference on Chemistry of Metals in Biological Systems,
Ni Dhubhghaill, Orla; (1993) Gadolinium(III) chelates of interest in magnetic resonance imaging: studies using 17O NMR and EPR at various magnetic fields. [Poster Presentation], European Research Conference on Chemistry of Metals in Biological Systems, Algarve, Portugal , 04-JUN-93 - 09-JUN-93. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Teaching Committee, Department of Chemistry Chair2012 /
Teaching Committee, Chemistry department Examinations officer2007 / 2012
Bord na Gaeilge (UCC) Coopted member2010 / 2015
Coiste Gno, Bord na Gaeilge (UCC) Member/
SEFS Academic Programmes and Curriculum Development (APCD) Committee Chemistry representative2010 / 2012

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer01-OCT-96 /
University of Lausanne, Switzerland Research Associate01-JAN-93 / 01-SEP-94
Birkbeck College, University of London Research Fellow01-OCT-86 / 01-NOV-92
University College Cork Temporary lecturer01-OCT-94 / 01-SEP-96

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1988University College Cork PhDChemistry
1983University College Cork BScChemistry
2010Cork Institute of Technology BA (Hons)Counselling and psychotherapy

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Gaeilge FluentFluentFluent
German FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
French FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
Italian FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Coordination Chemistry Referee01-JAN-07 - 31-DEC-14

Other Activities

 Description

Ph.D. advisor, Gangotri Dey, Tyndall Institute, 2010 - 2014

External Ph.D. Examiner, Tallaght Institute of Technology, Dublin, 20th March 2013

External Reviewer, US National Science Foundation, 2006 - 2007

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include introductory molecular orbital theory, coordination chemistry, spectroscopy in inorganic chemistry, transition elements in biological systems, metalloproteins and metallodrugs.

Chair of Departmental Teaching Committee (since 2012).  Previously acted as Departmental Examinations Officer (2007 - 2012).

Departmental Disability Support Services representative

Module coordinator of and lecturer on the following: 

  • CM4017 (Bioinorganic chemistry including metalloproteins and metal drugs)
  • CM3021 (Coordination chemistry and inorganic spectroscopy)  
  • CM2008 (Covalent bonding and MO theory), 


Lecturer on the following :  

CM1100 (History of atomic theory), CM2001 (Transition element chemistry), CM4109 (Inorganic drugs), PF4001 (Metallodrugs).

Supervisor for oral, poster, and report assignments in CM3028 (Scientific Communication and Literary Skills)


 

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2013John D. O'Donoghue UCCPh.D.Synthesis of iminophosphine & phosphino-iminol cyclo-metallated Pt(II) & Pt(IV) chloro complexes & studies into their biological & photophysical properties
2012Michelle Twomey UCCPh.D.Synthesis and reactivity of Group 10 complexes derived from iminophosphines and phosphinoamides
2010Damian O'Neill* UCCPh.D.Synthesis, stereochemistry and complexation of mono- and bisimines of dicarbonyl compounds
2009Terence Maguire UCCPh.D.Synthesis & reactivity of Pt(II) and Pt(IV) cyclometallated and tridentate complexes derived from iminophosphines and phosphinoamides
2009Paraic Greensmyth UCCM.Sc.Pd(II) and Pt(II) Schiff base complexes derived from salicylaldehyde, amino acids and phenyldiamine
2008Orna Bennett UCCM.Sc.Group 10 complexes of tridentate Schiff base ligands: synthesis and reactivity
2005Joanne Lennon UCCPh.D.Palladium(II) and Platinum(II) complexes based on derivatives of o-diphenylphosphinoaniline
2003Susan Foster UCCPh.D.Synthesis and characterisation of novel oxovanadium(IV) Schiff base complexes
2002Yvonne Collins UCCPh.D.Palladium(II) and platinum(II) Schiff base complexes based on salicylaldehyde derivatives
2000Maureen Kelly UCCM.Sc.Synthesis and characterisation of some phosphines and Group 10 metal complexes

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Inorganic Chemistry CM3021Inorganic Chemistry
2015Structure, Bonding and Quantum Mechanics CM2008Structure, Bonding and Quantum Mechanics