Dr Christine O'Connor

Dr Christine O'Connor

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Lecturer, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.Sc. (Hons), PhD, MSc. in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance. PG Dip in Third Level Learning and Teaching (DIT), FICI, MRSC.


Dr Christine O’Connor completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof Han Vos in DCU in 1999. The title of her thesis was “The synthesis and characterisation of novel Ruthenium (II) complexes with selective deuteriation". On completion of her PhD Christine managed an analytical EU CRAFT project titled ‘Experimental validation of a novel multipurpose distillation technology’. From 2000 to 2004 she became an Assistant Lecturer in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at the School of Chemistry, DIT. Whilst working in the School she also became a part-time student on the M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and graduated with honours in 2003. The M.Sc. thesis title was "The Impact of 21 CFR Part 11 on LIMS users in the Irish Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry". Since 2004 Christine is a Lecturer in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She and her colleague Dr Claire McDonnell were awarded a commendation for the DIT Presidents Teaching Excellence Award in 2005. Christine graduated with a Postgraduate Cert in Third Level Learning and Teaching from the DIT in 2006 and Postgraduate Diploma in 2012. She was a member of the Chemistry Education Research Team (CERT) team prize winners of the National Academy for the integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) Teaching Excellence Award in 2009.

Academic Interests:

  • DT212 and DT261 First Year Coordinator
  • Teaching on modules such as: general chemistry, kinetics, spectroscopy, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and photochemistry to level 7 and 8 undergraduate students from first year to final year.
  • Involved in undergraduate project research and linking to current research.
  • Involved in course development, curriculum design, validation and implementation.
  • Industrial placement and project supervisor.
  • Interested in the area of Curriculum Design.
  • Interested in the area of Assessment: see Level 3 articles

Current research interests:

  • RSC Learn Chemistry Resources (http://www.rsc.org/learnchemistry) 
  • SFI Ureka Summer Project Supervisor over 6 years in the Focas Institute, DIT. (http://www.focas.dit.ie/ureka/5.8.html)
  • Design and Development of Drug Delivery Vehicles. Mr Antonio Clementi, MPhil, Graduated October 2009.
  • Development of novel Ruthenium (II) complexes for applications as therapeutic drugs. Ms Samar Moqadasi, PhD, 2012.
  • Novel Drug Delivery Systems for Cancer Therapy. Ms Zlata Tofzikovskaya, PhD, 2012.
  • Spectroscopic Structure Property Relationships for Therapeutic Complexes. Ms Laura Perdisatt commenced PhD December 2009.
  • Chemical Education Research Team (CERT) - Implementing innovative teaching methods and ICT to support chemistry learning and teaching at third level.


Recent Publications:

  • Influence of Auxiliary Ligands on the Photophysical Characteristics of a Series of Ruthenium(II)–Polypyridyl Complexes, L. O’Neill, L. Perdisatt and C. O’Connor, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012, 116 (44), 10728–10735.
  • Synthesis, characterisation and photo-stability of a folate-modified β-cyclodextrin as a functional food additive, Z. Tofzikovskaya, C. O’Connor and M. McNamara, Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, 2012, 74(1-4), 437-445.
  • Synthesis and characterization of a colloidal novel folic acid–β-cyclodextrin conjugate for targeted drug delivery, A. Clementi, M. C. Aversa, C. Corsaro, J. Spooren, R. Stancanelli, C. O’Connor, M. McNamara and A. Mazzaglia, Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, 2010, DOI: 10.1007/s10847-010-9738-z.
  • C. M. O'Connor and H. Hayden, Contextualising Nanotechnology in Chemistry Education, Chemistry Education Research and Practice , 2008, 9, 35.
  • Continuous Improvement in e-Learning:  Investigating the Effect and Impact of Our WebCT Chemistry Support Initiative (CSI) and Implications for Further Enhancement of the Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) Developed’, Christine O’Connor, Claire McDonnell, Michael Seery,  EdTech 2007, conference proceedings, May 2007.
  • C Mc Donnell, C O'Connor and MK Seery, Developing practical chemistry skills by means of student-driven problem based learning mini-projects, Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2007,8(2), 130 - 139.[ Link to Journal ]
  • "Implications of mass education on chemistry higher education", C. M. O'Connor, Level 3, (4), August 2006 .
  • "Designing curriculum and assessment to promote effective learning in Chemistry in Higher Education", C. M. O'Connor, Level 3, (4), August 2006 .
  • "Teaching and Learning Strategies Developed to Support Learning and Improve Retention of Chemistry Students in Higher Education", C. Mc Donnell and C. O'Connor, European Variety in Chemistry Proceedings, 2005.
  • "Creating a Virtual Learning Environment, (VLE) for the Support of First and Second Year Chemistry Undergraduate Students", C. O'Connor and C. McDonnell, European Variety in Chemistry Education Proceedings, 2005.
  • "Ground and Excited state electronic structure of an Emissive Pyrazine bridged Ruthenium(II) dinuclear complex", Wesley R. Browne, Noel M. O'Boyle, Sabine Horn, Adrian L. Guckian, Thomas Fett, Christine M. O'Connor, William Henry, Marco Duati, Luisa De Cola, Colin. G. Coates, Kate Ronayne, John J. McGarvey, Johannes G. Vos, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 127(4), 1229-1241 (2005).
  • "Structural and photophysical characterisation of coordination and optical isomers of mononuclear ruthenium (II) polypyridyl 1,2,4-triazole complexes", Wesley R. Browne, Dusan Hesek, John F. Gallagher, Christine M. O'Connor, J. Scott Killeen, Fumiko Aoki, Hitoshi Ishida, Yoshihisa Inoue, Claudio Villaniand Johannes G. Vos, Dalton Trans, (12), 2003, 2597.
  • "18th International Conference on Chemical Education, Education for the Modern World", Istanbul, Turkey - Conference Report, Chemistry in Action, C McDonnell & C O'Connor, 2004.
  • "Ruthenium (II) and Osmium (II) Polypyridyl Complexes of asymmetric pyrazinyl and pyridynyl-1,2,4-triazole based ligands. Connectivity and physical properties of mononuclear complexes", W Browne, C.M. O'Connor, H.P. Hughes, R. Hage, O. Walter, M. Doering, J. Gallagher and J.G. Vos, Dalton Trans, (21), 2002, 4048.
  • "Routes to Regioselective Deuteriation of Hetero-aromatic Compounds", W.R Browne, C.M. O'Connor, J.S. Killeen, A. Guickian, M. Burke, M. Burke, P. James, M Burke and J.G. Vos, Inorg. Chem, (16), 41, 2002, 4245.
  • "Separation and photophysical characterisation of the stereoisomers of a Ru binuclear complex", W Browne, C.M. O'Connor, C. Villani, J.G. Vos, Inorg. Chem, 2001, 40, 5461.
  • "Excited-state properties of ruthenium (II) polypyridyl complexes containing asymmetric triazole ligands", S. Fanni, T.E. Keyes, C.M. O'Connor, H. Hughes, R. Wang and J.G. Vos, Coord. Chem. Rev., 2000, 208, 77.
  • "Efficient enantiorecognition of ruthenium (II) complexes by silica-bound teicoplanin", F. Gasparrini, I. D'Acquarica, J. G. Vos, C. M. O'Connor and C. Villani, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 2000, 11, 3535.

Current Collaborations:

  • Prof Michael Devereux, Director and Dean of the College of Sciences and Health, Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • Prof Mary McNamara, Head of Research of College of Sciences and Health, Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • Dr Luke O’Neill, FOCAS Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • CERT Dr Michael Seery, Dr Claire McDonnell and Dr Sarah Rawe, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Sciences and Health, Dublin Institute of Technology.