Iain McCulloch visit (and Angel’s talk)!

The FRG had the pleasure of hosting Prof Iain McCulloch, from Imperial, on Wednesday.  Iain’s talk was preceded by a student mini symposium, where Angel also spoke! Angel gave a great presentation, which was then followed by a fantastic lecture by Iain on the “Design of Polymer Semiconductors for Solar Cells and Organic Electronics”.

Iain McCullochIt was great to hear the latest results from Iain’s group, and an exciting opportunity to hear about some of our own students’ research!

Visit and talk at MANA, NIMS in Tsukuba

Terry McMaster and Charl visited the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), a prestigious world premier institute and part of the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), in Tsukuba, on Wednesday afternoon.


They were hosted by Prof Masa Aono, director of MANA, during their very brief visit, which included talks and a short laboratory tour. Although very brief, it was a great opportunity to meet with prof Aono and colleagues.

Visiting prof Takashi Kato, University of Tokyo

Charl had the chance to experience the world-leading research activities in materials chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly at the University of Tokyo. Prof Takashi Kato, the perfect host, organised an excellent visit for Charl, including a research seminar on Tuesday morning, and many interesting discussions.

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Takashi also ensured that Charl experienced excellent Japanese food!

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Charl also had the chance to look around Tokyo on Sunday (especially Shinjuku district).

2014 and the second Kyoto-Bristol Symposium!

After a good Christmas break, the year has started on a high note! A large number of academic staff members from the University of Bristol traveled to Kyoto for the 2nd Kyoto-Bristol Symposium.

A number of colleagues from Bristol (the School of Chemistry and the BCFN) and Kyoto took part in the “Physical Chemistry and Materials Chemistry Session”, co-organised by Prof Mitsuo Sawamoto and Charl.


A number of new collaborative projects were explored, and all participants had a fantastic time in beautiful Kyoto!



Charl to China PhD Workshop for a short recruitment trip

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!

BCFN funding success!

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!

The FRG cooking at BISC!

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!

Paper in Chemical Science with our collaborators from Tsinghua University!

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!