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Interested to join the Faul Research Group as post-doctoral researcher?

The call for the new EU Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is now open.  The deadline for final submission of proposals is 11th September 2014, with an internal deadline of Friday, 29th of August, 2014.

These fellowships are available either as European Fellowships [open to researchers currently within Europe (not the UK, see below) and outside Europe], or as Global Fellowships [based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host].

Excellent candidates must either have a PhD at the time of the call deadline or at least 4 years full time research experience (inclusive of PhD). The mobility rules require that the researcher has not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date.

Please contact Dr Charl Faul as soon as possible with a 2-page CV, including a publication list, and two letters of reference if you are interested.

Ben presenting at the mini symposium with Prof Steve Armes FRS

Prof Steve Armes, who was very recently elected as Fellow of the Royal Society, gave the RSC Tilden Award Lecture at the School of Chemistry on Wednesday, showing some of his exciting results on polymerisation-induced self-assembly.  Ben from the FRG was the first speaker of the afternoon’s mini symposium!


Here he is in action, starting of a great symposium and an afternoon of excellent talks!

Poster session with the Akagi group

An Akagi group poster session was organised on the day that Charl visited. This was a great opportunity to discuss science, and see some of the beautiful results from the students in the group!

Dinner group photo

Poster session group photo

Everyone had a great time, especially as we went for a lovely dinner afterwards! We now look forward to hosting some colleagues from Kyoto in Bristol!

Visiting Jiangtao in Xi’an

Charl visited the Xi’an Jiaotong University earlier this week to meet up with a former FRG group member and collaborator Jiangtao Feng! Jiangtao is now a member of faculty at the Department of Environmental Science and Technology.

Lecturing!Answering a question

Charl gave a lecture, met with several of the students in Prof Yan’s group, and discussed various joint projects! It was great to catch up with Jiangtao again!



Ben in Kyoto, Japan!

Ben is spending two weeks in Kyoto, working in the group of Professor Kazuo Akagi (Dept. of Polymer Chemistry, Laboratory of Functional Polymer Synthesis).

He is collaborating with members of the Akagi group on a joint project funded by the Bristol-Kyoto strategic fund.

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Charl at Tsinghua University, Beijing

Charl (and Jacqueline) arrived in Beijing last week. Charl was formally awarded an adjunct professorship by Prof Xi Zhang (Head of the Department of Chemistry and Dean, Faculty of Science) after an introduction by Dr Huaping Xu (associate professor, Department of Chemistry). Huaping ended off his introductory remarks with the following quote from Henry Ford:

Coming together is a beginning,

Staying together is progress,

Working together is success.

Charl then proceeded to give a short acceptance speech, before launching into his first lecture (of a series introducing liquid crystals and soft matter) as part of the Tsinghua Xuetang programme. Charl and Prof Zhang then worked together, with Prof Zhang kindly providing some help and further explanations in Chinese to some of the students!

Timms Symposium!

We had the pleasure of having a great line-up of speakers for the Peter Timms Symposium (named after the late Peter Timms, a pioneering chemist and the perfect gentleman!).

Arne (Thomas), Alex (from the FRG), Zac (Hudson, from the Manners Group) gave excellent lectures. The 2014 Timms Lecture was then given by Prof Craig Hawker (UCSB) – an exciting overview of some of the activities from his research laboratories.  It was then our pleasure to have Liz Timms, Peter’s wife, hand over the Timms award to Craig.

The day was wrapped up with a wine reception! Thanks to all who were involved and helped to make it such a successful day!