The CCEM group has grown so quickly since 2017 when Eric
joined. He was followed a year later by Michael, and then by Arantxa and Kevin
in 2019. This September, we are delighted to announce and welcome Anna Ciotti as
a new PhD student! Anna will be working on the rational design of electrocatalytic
materials through DFT methods with the aim of activating small molecules to
produce high value chemicals and fuels. This research will be funded by the prestigious
AMBER Research Centre.
With 5 permanent members since 2017, and several visiting
students and undergraduates, the group has never been more active. We’re all excited
to see what Anna will accomplish over the next 4 years. Make sure to check back
in for updates on her research!
We have some fantastic news to share with you! Our very own Professor Max Garcia Melchor has recently been awarded the Best Young Scientist Award by the Organometallic Chemistry Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry! This prestigious award is one of three that the GEQO award every year.
This award targets young researchers who have made excellent contributions to the field of organometallic chemistry. Max has received this award for his work on the computational modelling of various types of metal catalysts. This news highlights the amazing work that the CCEM group has done in recent years, and sets a model for the work that we’ll continue to do.
As summer comes full swing into Ireland, the CCEM group doesn’t stop growing, and this summer will see the group at its largest yet! We are delighted to announce and welcome Panagiotis Mallis, Manting Mu, and Oscar Kelly to the group. Panagiotis, currently a student in Trinity College Dublin’s MSc in Energy Science, has joined us in order to conduct his MSc project on the elucidation of CO2 methanation processes.
Manting and Oscar are both 3rd year Chemistry undergraduates here in Trinity College Dublin. They have joined us for a summer internship and will be conducting some fascinating research involving C – H activation processes, and C – C coupling reactions respectively. If you want more details, check out the group members page!
The CCEM has been growing faster and faster with each academic year. In 2017, Eric joined the group as the first PhD student, to work on heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable energy applications. A year later, Michael also joined us to carry out breathtaking studies on machine learning for the discovery of new and amazing catalysts. Arantxa joined us a month ago as a Postdoc, with a prestigious EDGE–Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, to carry out amazing work on the field of heterogeneous catalysis. With 3 permanent positions in 2 years and many undergraduate and visiting PhD students, the group has never been more alive. And this month, we are immensely proud to announce that Kevin Brennan, a former undergraduate student at the CCEM Group, has been awarded a Trinity Provost PhD award to continue the amazing work he started in his undergraduate! We are so happy we’ll be able to enjoy his amazing personality, hard work and professionalism not as an undergraduate student, but as a well-deserved PhD candidate. Many congratulations Kevin!
This week, the CCEM Group has had the opportunity of disseminating the wonders of Computational Modelling to the general public in the Trinity PROBE, as part of a series of workshops carried out by the most amazing research groups in our college. With the help of Max, Arantxa and Eric, we revealed the molecular shape of water with an interactive experiment in a giant touch screen, where everyone that came to our stand was able to see, in real-time, how water molecules are oriented in a simple molecular dynamics simulation. This is the first outreach activity that we do in the CCEM Group, and it exceeded our expectations by far. We had a lot of fun, and we cannot wait to do it again next year!
Last year, we had the privilege of hosting Arantxa, an amazing visiting PhD student for 6 months. She did an incredible job at the CCEM Group, and her personality and hard work did not went unnoticed. Because of this, we are immensely happy that Arantxa was awarded an EDGE–Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Postdoctoral Fellowship hosted in our group and in the Amber centre, supervised by Prof. Max García-Melchor from the School of Chemistry and Prof. Mick Morris from the Amber Centre. Therefore, Arantxa will be staying with us for 2 more years! Be prepared to see what she will do in the upcoming months!
After doing an amazing job in his first year as a PhD student in the CCEM Group, Michael Craig was awarded a prestigious IRC PhD Scholarship to continue his PhD with us! This award is targeted to excellent researchers in multiple disciplines, providing outstanding students with the opportunity to direct their own research at the early-career stage. Considering that last year applications for this scholarship had a success rate of 18%, Michael has already shown incredible talent by winning this award and will surely exceed all expectations in the rest of his PhD. Keep tuned to know more about the incredible work that he will carry out in the upcoming months.
With around 1,000 participants in the last editions, the Biennial Meeting of Chemistry has become an essential event for the Spanish chemistry community because, in addition to disseminating the most relevant results of the chemical research carried out in this country, it also gives the opportunity to interact with a large number of internationally renowned researchers who will be attending as speakers.
This edition will be attended by 6 plenary speakers and more than 80 top-level guest speakers, who will deal with a wide range of subjects throughout the 22 Symposiums which will take place in parallel sessions during the 5-day conference.
After attending this year’s National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orlando, Florida, the members of CCEM are attending the XXXVII Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry in San Sebastián, the Basque Country. We will be giving a talk and presenting a poster related to two of our most interesting projects. If you want to ask us any questions and know about our research, see you in San Sebastián from the 26th to the 30th of May!
Following the ever-growing trend of our group, we welcome Arantxa Davó, a visiting 3rd-year PhD student from the group of Prof. Agustín Bueno and Prof. Dolores Lozano (U. Alicante). Her research focuses on developing catalysts for sustainable energy and environmental protection. She has joined our group to complement her experimental research on preferential oxidation of CO with periodic-DFT calculations. We are delighted to have you in our group Arantxa!
As the blazing sun comes down to Ireland, our group does not stop to grow and this summer we will be at full capacity after the arrival of Geoffrey Keating and Kevin Brennan, two Trinity undergraduate students from Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials (NPCAM) and Chemistry with Molecular Modelling (CMM), respectively. Geoffrey and Kevin will be working in our group on the rational design of metal-organic frameworks for energy applications by means of periodic-DFT methods. If you want to know more about these two brilliant undergraduates, check the group members page.
And stay tuned to be updated on their theoretical results on this fascinating project!