Paper published!

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.

Nankai University, Tianjin

Charl’s penultimate presentation of his extended lecture tour of China was giving at the Key Laboratory of Functional Polymers at Nankai University, Tianjin, on Monday the 14th of May. Prof Ying Guan was the perfect host!  Here he is talking about Bristol during his presentation. More details about the University of Bristol on the chinese website Weibo.

Charl also enjoyed a lovely boat trip in Tianjin with husband-and-wife team professors Guan and Zhang, and their children Michael and Max!

Hangzhou – fish, tea and lectures!

Zhixiang and Charl enjoyed a relaxing day on Sunday, walking along the famous West Lake in Hangzhou and enjoyed some local fish for lunch.  After lunch and a boat trip across the lake, they headed up to Longjin village, famous for it’s excellent tea! We sampled some of the local produce and Zhixiang bargained with the owner of the tea shop about the price of various teas.  Finally, after a deal was struck, the lady took us out into the woods and up the hills to their farm! Fascinating stuff! On Monday both Zhixiang and Charl give a lecture at the Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhijiang University in Hangzhou (host: Prof Gao Chao) before heading off to Shanghai Jiaotong University.


Charl visited the US last week to briefly meet up with UoB undergraduate students on the year-in-industry degree programme.  He used this opportunity to stop in Los Angeles and visit Ric Kaner’s group at UCLA (and gave a talk in Ric’s research group meeting), before moving on to DuPont’s central research site in Wilmington (close to Philadelphia) and Argonne National Laboratory (close to Chicago)! The photo was taken in a small town called Newcastle, close to Wilmington.