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!
Angel is looking at the use of molecules found in biosupramolecular systems as building blocks, such as guanine, to produce oligo(aniline)-based materials with anisotropic properties. Thus, the understanding of the self-assembling properties of these kind of building blocks becomes crucial to achieve control over the morphology and the molecular architecture of the final material. The Symposium on Nucleic Acids, Hydrogen Bonding and Supramolecular Chemistry has provided to him the opportunity to talk and listen to various scientists experts in the area such as Jeffery Davis, University of Maryland, USA, and Stefano Masiero, University of Bologna, Italy. Both experts in the study of self-assembly of nucleobases and their use as functional materials. Angel is now back in Bristol, after an exciting scientific day at University of Warwick, with new insights and ideas in how to take advantage of the different self-assembling properties of guanine-based complexes to face his current scientific challenges to produce anisotropic oligo(aniline)-based materials.
Ben has just returned from visiting Prof. Gregory Salamo and Dr. Michael Hawkridge at the Arkansas Nano-Bio Materials Characterization Facility, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA.
He made use of their X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) equipment, which provided information about the atomic composition of his films with approx 10 µm resolution (X-Y) and sub-10nm resolution (Z). The XPS experiments allowed him to characterise any chemical changes that may take place in his film to result in the changes in conductivity observed.
Ben travelled to the US with Dr. Loren Picco, a colleague in the Nanophysics group in Bristol, and the trip was funded by an EPSRC “Building Global Engagements” grant. Loren specialises in high-speed AFM (HSAFM) and was visiting Arkansas to help them set up a high-speed AFM to be based in the Nano-Bio Materials Characterization Facility
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Angel is visiting the Kaner lab at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. This visit represents a good opportunity to exchange ideas and learn different techniques to characterise organic semiconductors. Angel’s project involves the use of bio-inspired motifs to achieve control … Continue reading
Charl is currently in China, and gave a talk this morning at the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing (hosted Prof Xi Zhang, head of department).
Here he is trying his best to prepare for a difficult question! Very nice periodic table behind him!
He is spending the rest of the day in discussion with Prof Zhang and Assoc. Prof. Huaping Xu (who visited Bristol recently).
He will be visiting the Chinese Academy’s Institute of Chemistry tomorrow (visiting prof. Wenping Hu), and then off to Xiamen for the RSC conference “Challenges in Nanoscience, ISACS 9″, where he is speaking on Saturday morning.
More to follow soon!
James has just arrived in Los Angeles, where he will be spending three weeks in the laboratories of one of the FRG’s collaborators, Prof Ric Kaner. James, as part of the exchange between the BCFN and the CNSI, will be spending as much time as possible in the labs at UCLA, and might occasionally go out to enjoy the sunshine! Here some photo’s to prove it!
The latest paper from the FRG, in collaboration with the group of Zhixiang Wei at the CAS National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, just appeared online in the Journal of Materials Chemistry.
A tetra(aniline)-alkyl diblock compound was designed, synthesized and fully characterized. By employing suitable conditions, doped, electroactive microstructures could be prepared. The microstructures were characterized in detail and their anisotropic conductivity measured for the first time.
Congratulations to Shao (now in Sweden), Saravanan and other authors! This has now also appeared on the University of Bristol’s Weibo pages in China!
A paper was very recently published from a collaboration with bone biologists and clinicians from Bristol Southmead Hospital’s Avon Orthopaedic Centre. Authors on the paper were Judith Brown (previous PhD student from the Faul Research Group), Jon Knapp (who did his undergraduate research project on this topic), and Charl.
The paper discusses a newly developed method for the functionalisation of Ti (implant) surfaces for enhanced bone cell growth, a new area of activity for the Faul Research Group. Congrats to Judith, Jon, and the other authors.
See the full paper in the open access journal eCells & Materials here.