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Professor Declan Gilheany


Declan Gilheany

Full Professor
School of Chemistry
01 716 2308
University College Dublin, School of Chemistry, Science Centre - South Belfield Dublin 4


Education: Queens University Belfast: B.Sc. (Hons) 1978 (First Class, Cecil Wilson Prize and Richardson Medal), Ph.D. 1983 (Queens Foundation Student). Employment: 1980-81: Temporary Lecturer QUB; 1983-92: Lecturer St. Patricks College Maynooth; 1988-90: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Visiting Professor and Fulbright Scholar in K.B. Sharpless lab); 1992-date UCD: College Lecturer, Senior Lecturer 2002, Associate Professor 2006, Full Professor 2014. Professional Organisations: Member Royal Society of Chemistry (Local Section, Hon. Sec.: 1992-97; Chair: 2015-2018) Member American Chemical Society and Institute of Chemistry of Ireland. Honours: 2008: Society of Chemical Industry Wesley Cocker Award for Chemical Industry. 2009: UCD Presidents Research Fellow, Stanford University Visiting Professor. 2014: Fellow (Invited) Royal Society of Chemistry. At MIT I found a significant improvement in the Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation (AD) reaction - patent recognition was granted for this contribution and is still generating royalty income. I am honoured to be able to note that this work formed a small part of the body of work for which Sharpless won the 2001 Nobel Prize and gratified that he mentioned this in his Nobel Prize address. National Appointments: Member of the Forfas Technology Foresight Chemical and Pharmaceutical Panel (1998, forerunner of Science Foundation Ireland). Member of Industrial Research Commercialisation Committee (IRCC) of Enterprise Ireland (2006/08), Member Government Chief Scientific Advisor Panel of Experts (2009-2012). International Appointments: 2012-date: Expert Evaluator & Reviewer, EU Marie Curie ITN Program. 2012-date: Secretary: Steering Committee, International Conference on Phosphorus Chemistry. 2011-2012: Expert Witness: “Phosphorus Drugs” Hogan Lovells International LLB, Holborn, London. 2010-2013: Member: Management Committee, European Network of Phosphorus Chemists (PhosSciNet). 1992-date: PhD External Examiner in Ireland (x5), United Kingdom (x13), Sweden (x1) and Finland (x2). External Assessor for Lectureships (x3). Reviewer for Grant Awarding Bodies in UK, Switzerland, Canada and United States. Referee for most of the major organic, inorganic and review journals of chemistry


  • College Lecturer
    St. Patrick`s College Maynooth, Chemistry1 Oct 1983 - 31 Aug 1992
  • Fulbright Scholar / Sharpless Lab
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemistry1 Sep 1988 - 30 Jun 1990
  • Lecturer
    University College Dublin, Chemistry1 Sep 1992 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Temporary Lecturer
    Queens University Belfast, Chemistry1 Oct 1980 - 30 Sep 1981


  • BSc
    Queen's University of Belfast
  • PhD
    Queen's University of Belfast