Dr Emma Coyle

School of Chemical Sciences


Dr Emma Coyle is a lecturer in organic and medicinal chemistry in the School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University (DCU), since 2014.

Dr Coyle received her BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and PhD in Organic Photochemistry from DCU. She then joined the School of Chemistry in the University of Nottingham as a research fellow in the groups of Prof. Rob Stockman and Dr Ross Denton, in collaboration with Prof. Sean Rigby in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. In 2011, she rejoined DCU as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Dr Chris O’Brien in the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR). Throughout these experiences she focused on research in organic synthesis, in particular development of novel methodologies or green routes to high-value molecules.


Research Interests:

New methodologies for catalysis
organic chemistry • green chemistry • flow chemistry • photochemistry • organocatalysis • medicinal chemistry

The overarching theme of my research is catalysis for organic synthesis, including organocatalysis, bioorganic catalysis and photocatalysis. My group seek to develop new methods and new molecules, which can be applied in the preparation of biologically and medicinally interesting compounds. Some areas of my research include sulfur as an organocatalyst, biocatalysis for synthesis of pharmaceuticals, and new macrocyclic molecules for water purification. In this research, my group endeavour to achieve useful and valuable chemical transformations through new methodologies, for example through immobilisation of catalysts on polymeric supports or in microreactor channels. The combination of new catalysts and new reactor design can lead to enhancement of process efficiency and sustainability.

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