Charl has, for the 4th time, taken a large group of BCFN students (and colleague, Tom Oliver!) to China for an extensive academic visit! First stop was ChinaNano 2019! In addition to students from the BCFN, a number of Faul group members also joined this scientific expedition!
Here the whole group, which included Pan, Robert, Christian, Victoria, Tom, Sian, Charl, Esther, Henry and Alicia!
And here the Faul group members Pan, Esther, Christian, Robert, Henry and Charl on their own! Fortunately Pan, who is from Beijing, helped us to find an excellent local Beijing roast duck restaurant!
Maha successfully passed her viva, with external examiner Cecile Dreiss from King’s College London. This fantastic achievement was celebrated in the appropriate fashion – with some home-made cake (by Veronica)!
Congratulations Dr Maha! Well done!
Charlie, former joint BCS CDT PhD student with the Manners group and now postdoc in the Seferos Group in Toronto, had another paper published from his PhD!
The study, accepted for publication in Macromolecules, explores the solution self-assembly of a heterobimetallic diblock copolymers with a crystallisable poly(ferrocenyldimethylsilane) (PFS) core-forming block and a corona-forming segment featuring a poly(cobaltoceniumethylene) (PCE) based polyelectrolyte/surfactant complex. More details to follow soon!
Congrats to Charlie, and other co-authors (Rebecca, Becs and Rob)!
Djen, who was a joint student with close collaborator Jonathan Rossiter and funded by the Farscope Robotics CDT, successfully defended his PhD earlier this week! It was great to have Herbert Shea from EPFL as his external examiner – thanks!
Well done Dr Djen!
We had the pleasure of hosting two collaborators from the Department of Chemistry, IIT Kharagpur in Bristol for a week! It was great to have Professors Sanjib Patra (who spent 4 years in Bristol as postdoc in our close collaborator Ian Manners‘ group) and Sabyashachi Mishra here interacting with colleagues, exploring new opportunities and giving talks!
This visit, funded by the University of Bristol’s International Strategic Fund, is part of a much larger collaboration (Manners/Faul – Patra/Misha) funded by the Indian government’s SPARC initiative. We also had the chance, with our local collaborator Dr Natalie Fey, to meet with the UoB’s International Office to discuss further interactions!
We look forward to many further future interactions and exchanges!
Christian, a BCFN PhD student jointly supervised by close collaborator Jonathan Rossiter and Charl, won the prize for the best talk at the M4 Colloids Symposium. This annual one-day conference, sponsored by the RSC, is an excellent platform for the exchange of scientific ideas between research groups from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Cardiff, along with others from the UK and abroad.
Well done Christian!
Charl spent a few days in Changchun, China, continuing to strengthen ties to Jilin University‘s College of Chemistry. He gave a short introductory course on soft matter and liquid crystals to a group of early career graduate students.
Great to visit again, and looking forward to the next visit in August!