Another joint paper with the Manners group!

Another joint paper with our long-standing collaborators, the Manners Group (now at the University of Victoria). Charlie (lead author) and Liam (another former joint student) contributed to a paper on the surface patterning of uniform 2D platelet block co-micelles – published in ACS Macro Letters! We show the formation of rectangular platelets containing two block copolymers with different coronal chemistries. On addition of a solvent that is only able to solvate the corona of one block,  colloidally stable micelles with patterned surfaces via coronal collapse are formed.

Well done to all involved in this productive and long-standing collaboration!


Welcome to Connie and Julia!

Great to have the first new graduate students of the year joining the FRG! Connie (left) and Julia (middle) are both on the Cabot Institute’s Master’s by Research in Global Environmental Challenges degree programme, and about to start their projects in our laboratories!


Here they are, COVID safe, and socially distanced, on their first day in the lab with Veronica (right). Welcome! Trust that you will have a inspiring and productive year, despite things being done very differently than before!

Paper with Wei and Yaozu in Chemistry of Materials!

Continuing the Faul Research Group’s long-standing collaboration with Yaozu and Wei (and Yaozu’s group at Donghua University in Shanghai), our latest paper just appeared in Chemistry of Materials! And of course great to have Arne Thomas (TU Berlin) involved in the study as well!

The study, entitled “Conjugated Microporous Polymer Network Grafted Carbon Nanotube Fibers with Tunable Redox Activity for Efficient Flexible Wearable Energy Storage” explores novel fiber-shaped supercapacitors (FSCs) as promising flexible energy storage devices.

Congrats to all involved – especially Wei as first author of this very nice study!


Back in the office … for the first time since March!

It was Charl’s first day back in his office since March! Although Faul group members have been back in the labs since early June (with labs currently at 50% occupancy), Charl has been working from home! His office has also been used by the group as an additional safe working space.

Was great to be back in the office today, for the whole day! And to be able to enjoy the glorious sunshine view from the 6th floor!

Joint paper with Jie!

In a new study that just appeared online in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, work with former group member Jie continued to explore Hansen Solubility Parameters as a tool to tune structure and function in porous materials! Congrats Jie!

Here we expand our recently reported Bristol-Xi’an Jiaotong (BXJ) approach using simple salts to fine-tune the porosity of conjugated microporous materials synthesized by various reaction approaches, including Buchwald-Hartwig (BH), Sonogashira-Hagihara, oxidative coupling and Suzuki cross-coupling.

Read the full paper entitled “Exploiting Hansen Solubility Parameters to Tune Porosity and Function in Conjugated Microporous Polymers” here – published open access, so free to download!

UKIERI/SPARC India&UK Online Workshop

Various members of the FRG joined an online workshop today.  The focus was on “2D and Nanostructured phenomenon, materials and devices”, with speakers from both India and the UK (including Charl!).

It was a great opportunity to connect to colleagues from the IIT Delhi, including Professor V. Ram Gopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, Professor Neil Robertson, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, amongst other.

Thank you to UKIERI and SPARC programmes for funding our collaborative research with Professors Patra, Mishra and Manners, and for hosting this online event!


Paper with collaborators from UCL now published in AFM!

A paper, with contributions from Pan and Charl, with collaborators at UCL (Schroeder group), has now appeared in Advanced Functional Materials!

The work, led by Bob Schroeder, and first author Zilu Liu, describes how the thermoelectric properties of coordination polymers can be controlled by ligand design. The synthesis of three different organic ligands and their incorporation into organometallic coordination polymers with distinct thermoelectric properties is presented. Notably,  it was demonstrated, for the first time, that the n- or p-type thermoelectric character of the OMCP materials can be tuned via organic ligand modifications.

Well done to all involved!