Charl visited Beijing and the China PhD workshop last week to talk about graduate opportunities for study and research at the School of Chemistry. Although very short, it was a busy trip meeting with students interested in studying in Bristol and giving a presentation (with Dr Terry McMaster from the BCFN, and Dr Emma Turner from the Bristol Chemical Synthesis CDT) at Beihang University.
Here Charl is talking to an interested candidate at the workshop!
Although also Christmas season, it is also viva season in the FRG. Emily successfully defended her thesis on Monday the 2nd of December, Ben his on Thursday the 5th of December, and Tom is defending his thesis today! Well done Emily and Ben, and good luck Tom!
More details and photos to follow soon!
A formal announcement was made this morning by the Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, concerning funding of centres for doctoral training (CDTs).
Bristol performed very well, and managed to secure funding for 7 CDTs, while also partner and closely involved in a further 4 CDTs. Of particular interest was the successful funding bid for the BCFN, where Charl was closely involved in both the writing and the interview stages of the bid!
Well done Bristol!
It was recently announced that Charl has taken up an adjunct professorship at the Department of Chemistry at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. This 3-year position will certainly contribute to strengthen the ties between Bristol and Tsinghua!
The FRG wishes all the best to Charl!
The FRG took the opportunity to volunteer and help out at the Bristol International Student Centre (BISC) last night. We helped to cook welcome meals for new international students, and as it was the last night of these meals, it was very busy!
Here we can be seen in action, with some other Bisc staff and volunteers, and taking a break after a hectic evening! We served more than 140 meals! Well done!
Charl contributed to a paper with our collaborators, Prof Acad Xi Zhang and his group, at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, investigating the self-assembled structures of bolaamphiphiles.
The study, exploring a facile counterion-directed structure switch from 0D/1D to 2D planar structures by a simple counterion exchange to tosylate ions, appeared online in Chemical Science recently. More to follow soon!