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McCamley Lecture

Wednesday 4 February 2015, 2.00PM to 3:00pm

Speaker(s): Dr Susan Quinn

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Dr Quinn of University College Dublin School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will meet with the following research groups during her visit to York before giving the 2015 annual McCamley Lecture on 'Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy of DNA Excited States'

Dr Quinn obtained a B.Sc. Hons (1st Class) from University College Dublin in 1997. She then completed her PhD studies on the topic of DNA Programmed Assembly of Heterosupermolecules under the supervision of Prof. Donald Fitzmaurice at University College Dublin. In 2002 Susan started her Postdoctoral studies with Prof. John M. Kelly and Prof.Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson in Trinity College Dublin. After this time she took a position as postgraduate course coordinator in the School of Chemistry in TCD, (2006-9) and was responsible for development and implementation of Dublin Chemistry Graduate programme. In September 2009 Susan returned to a more research driven path when she joined the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in University College Dublin. In March 2010 the award of an SFI research frontiers grant enabled the group to consider the study of the binding interactions of carbon particles with nucleic acids. In May 2012 Susan was appointed as a permanent member of academic staff and is very excited to be developing her research interests across a range of areas. Susan is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland

 General Research Themes

  • Fundamental and applied studies of micro- and nanomaterials
  • Transient and Steady State Spectroscopy of Nucleic Acid Systems and Modified nanomaterials.


Research areas include:

  • Carbon nanodots: Photophysics, binding interactions & cellular uptake
  • Unravelling the Ultrafast Excited State Dynamics of DNA
  • Expoliting Porous Carbon Microspheres for Imaging and Delivery 


Selected Publications

Lally, G.; Deally, A.; Hackenberg, F.; Quinn, S. J.; Tacke, M. Letters in Drug Design & Discovery 2014, 10, 675 – 682.

Parker, A. W.; Quinn, S. J. Infrared Spectroscopy of DNA, Springer, Encyclopaedia of Biophysics, 2013, 1065 – 1074 (Invited chapter).

Keane, P. M.; Gallagher, S. A.; Magno, L. M.; Leising, M. J.; Clark, I. P.; Greetham, G. M.; Towrie, T.; Gun’ko, Y. K.; Kelly, J. M.; Quinn, S. J.; Dalton Discussions 13, 2012, 13159 – 13166.

Wojdyla, M.; Gallagher, S.A.; Moloney, M.P.;  Gun’ko, Y.K.; Kelly, J.M.; Magno, L.M.; Quinn, S.J.; Clark, I.P.; Greetham, G.M.; Towrie, M.  J. Phys Chem C. 2012, 116, 16226 – 16232.

Location: C/A101