School of Chemical Sciences

Biodegradable Catalytic Asymmetric Methods

Project Overview

The development of asymmetric methodologies is one of the fundamental research areas in chemistry. The ability to selectively prepare the target chiral molecule of choice is a worthwhile goal. This project investigates methods to develop environmentally friendly asymmetric technologies.

This work combines green chemistry and nanotechnology with toxicology and biodegradation studies and represents a new joint Dublin City University (DCU)/Trinity College Dublin (TCD) initiative funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Current Studies

The two students, Lauren Myles and Rohit Gore, have gained expertise in organic synthesis and catalysis (TCD) and ionic liquid synthesis (DCU). Ionic liquids prepared at DCU are being evaluated at TCD. Toxicity data has been obtained for a series of ionic liquids.

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Publications

B. Procuranti, L. Myles, N. Gathergood and S. J. Connon*
Pyridinium ion catalysis of carbonyl protection reactions, Synthesis, 2009, 23, 4082-4086.

L. Myles, R. Gore, M. Spulak, N. Gathergood* and S. J. Connon*
Highly recyclable, imidazolium derived ionic liquids of low
antimicrobial and antifungal toxicity: A new strategy for acid
catalysis.
Green Chemistry, 2010, 12, 1157-1162.

July 2010 sees our article in Green Chemistry in the
top ten most accessed.

Top ten most accessed articles in July

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Posters

16th EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. (ESOC)
12 - 16 July 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic

Aprotic Pyridinium Salts as active Brønsted acid catalysts in protic media.
L. Myles, B. Procuranti, S. J. Connon, University of Dublin, Trinity College

BIODEGRADABILITY AND TOXICITY OF IONIC LIQUIDS 2
(BATIL 2)
28 - 29 September 2009 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany
 

Biodegradable chiral ionic liquids: synthesis and applications in organic synthesis
M. Ghavre , S. Morrissey, B. Pegot, D. Coleman, I. Beadham, M. Gurbisz, R. Gore, Dublin City University/IRL; M. T. Garcia, IIQAB-CSIC, Barcelona/E; D. Ferguson, B. Quilty, N. Gathergood, Dublin City University/IRL

Biodegradable, non-bactericidal Ionic liquids
R. Gore , S. Morrissey, B. Pegot, D. Coleman, I. Beadham, M. Gurbisz, M. Ghavre, Dublin City University/IRL; M. T. Garcia, IIQAB-CSIC, Barcelona/E; D. Ferguson, B. Quilty, N. Gathergood, Dublin City University/IRL

Selective hydrogenation reactions in ionic liquids with low antimicrobial toxicity
M. Gurbisz , S. Morrissey, I. Beadham, M. Ghavre, R. Gore, D. Coleman, N. Gathergood, Dublin City University/IRL

EPA STRIVE CONFERENCE
15th April 2010, Dublin City University, Dublin

Biodegradable Catalytic Asymmetric Methods
L. Myles
, R. Gore, N. Gathergood and S. Connon

EPA NATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE, 2010
23 June 2010 in Croke Park, Dublin

Biodegradable, non-bactericidal Ionic liquids
R. Gore, L. Myles, D. Coleman, I. Beadham, M. Gurbisz, M. Ghavre, M. Spulak, M. Pour, B. Quilty, S. Connon and N. Gathergood

Aprotic pyridinium and imidazolium ionic liquids as active Brønsted acid catalysts in protic media
L. Myles, B. Procuranti, R. Gore, N. Gathergood and S. Connon

62nd IRISH UNIVERSITIES CHEMISTRY RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM
1 - 2nd July 2010 in Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK

Highly recyclable, low toxicity, imidazolium derived ionic liquids: A new strategy for acid catalysis
L. Myles, R. Gore, N. Gathergood and S. Connon

3rd EUCHEMS CHEMISTRY CONGRESS "CHEMISTRY - THE CREATIVE FORCE"
29th August - 3rd September 2010, Nuremberg, Germany

Biodegradable Catalytic Asymmetric Methods
L. Myles
, R. Gore, N. Gathergood and S. Connon

17th EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (ESOC 2011)
10th to 15th July, 2011 in Crete, Greece

Highly recyclable, low antimicrobial and antifungal toxicity ionic liquids: A new strategy for Brønsted acid catalysed reaction
N. Gathergood, R. Gore, L. Myles, M. Spulak, M. Pour and S. Connon

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Talks

GREEN CHEMISTRY IN IRELAND: INCLUDING HIGHLIGHTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE EPA
15 April 2010 in Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Biodegradable Catalytic Asymmetric Methods - A study of solvents, organocatalysts and magnetic-nanoparticles supported catalysts
R. Gore, L. Myles, S. Connon, N. Gathergood

INVITED LECTURE
13th May 2010, National University of Ireland, Galway

Exploiting thiols using organocatalysts
S. Connon

EPA NATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE
23 June 2010, Croke Park, Dublin

Greening Irish Chemistry – an exciting challenge.
N. Gathergood

62nd IRISH UNIVERSITIES CHEMISTRY RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM
1 - 2nd July 2010 in Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK

Biodegradable, non-bactericidal Ionic liquids
R. Gore, L. Myles, D. Coleman, I. Beadham, M. Gurbisz, M. Ghavre, M. Spulak, M. Pour, B. Quilty, S. Connon and N. Gathergood

IRELAND - CHINA BILATERAL MEETING
29th July 2010, University college Dublin, Dublin

Exploiting thiols using organocatalysts
S. Connon

SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY SEMINAR
28th October 2010, Trinity College Dublin

Exploiting thiols using organocatalysts
S. Connon

10th November 2011, University of Strathclyde, UK

The catalytic exploitation of thiols
S. Connon

THIRD UK/JAPANESE CONFERENCE IN CATALYTIC ASYMMETRIC SYNTHESIS
15th April 2011, University of Oxford, UK

The organocatalytic exploitation of thiols
S. Connon

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR GREEN CHEMISTRY
5 - 9th September 2011, Tallinn, Estonia

Atom Economy, Biodegradation and Catalysis – The ABC of Environmentally Friendly Synthesis
N. Gathergood

SETAC NORTH AMERICA, 32ND ANNUAL MEETING
13 - 17th November 2011, Boston, USA

Chemists provide solutions, Green Chemists solve problems
N. Gathergood

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News

On 15 April 2010, Dr. Nick Gathergood, chairman of The All Ireland
Group, Society of Chemical Industry, organised their first event 'Green
Chemistry in Ireland: including highlights of Environmental Technology projects funded by the EPA' at The Helix, Dublin City University.

Conference Programme

The event report features as an article in the Society of Chemical
Industry magazine 'Chemistry and Industry' which has a circulation of
over 15,000.

Chemistry and Industry article

Following on from the success of the Green Chemistry in Ireland conference in 2010, we wish to announce the intention to hold Green Chemistry in Ireland 2 in Spring 2012 at DCU.
More details to follow shortly.

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Funding

We thank the EPA for funding under the STRIVE environmental technologies (Green Chemistry) program.

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