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 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!
And finally, just to show that James (and Charl) were really working in China, here a photo of them both at James’ poster.
A large group from the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, including James (joint PhD student with Heinrich Hoerber) and Charl are currently in Beijing, China. They participated in a joint symposium on Tuesday with the CAS National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology on Monday (see the photo below), and are currently attending the ChinaNANO’13 conference.
On Monday they will visit our collaborators at the Department of Chemistry at Tsinghua University for the “1st Tsinghua-Bristol Joint Nanoscience Symposium”
Chinwe’s paper (with James, Ben and Patrice, our collaborator from Grenoble) on tuning conductivity and structure of tetra(aniline)-based triblock structures appeared online on the Journal of Materials Chemistry C’s website!
In this paper we reported on our investigations into the aggregation behaviour and optoelectronic properties of these π-conjugated rod–coil–rod triblock materials. Well done!
Charl arrived in Changchun on Wednesday afternoon, and started with a full day of lectures on Thursday, covering the topics of scientific misconduct and scientific writing in two 2h lectures! More than 300 graduate students attended the lectures, and extra chairs were brought into the lecture hall!
Here he can be seen relaxing with Prof Junqi Sun (vice-dean of the College of Chemistry, who invited Charl) and some of his research group members after his lectures.
A paper by Chinwe on the assembly and control of TANI triblock structures, and two order-of-magnitude tuning of conductivity was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C! This paper further strengthens the cooperation the FRG has with Dr Patrice Rannou (Grenoble), who is one of the co-authors. More details to follow soon, but in the meantime – well done to all involved!
There might be many more reasons to be cheerful, but we would like to mention at least two here! Charl has recently taken on more responsibility (in addition to his research activities) within the School of Chemistry. He is now “Director of Graduate Recruitment”, and in charge of all graduate recruitment (home, EU and international, both MRes and PhD) for the School of Chemistry …
On the research front, we heard yesterday that Tom’s recently published paper has now been selected by Soft Matter as one of their “Hot Papers” for August. The paper is featured on the Soft Matter blog, and is available for free download!