Charl arrived in hot and humid Xiamen last night. The ISACS symposium is held on the University of Xiamen‘s campus, at the Arts and Science Centre. See the photo from his on-campus hotel room of the conference venue!
The symposium starts this evening, with Charl being fortunate enough to speak early on the first full day tomorrow.
Charl was invited by Prof Wenping Hu, expert in OFETS and organic electronics, to give a talk today at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing.
It was Charl’s first (hopefully of many) and very enjoyable visit to the Institute. Very impressive place, and many excellent researchers!
Dr Rumman Ahmed (former FRG member, and joint student with Charl and Ian Manners) visited Bristol at the end of last week. It was great to see him again, on a short holiday from Germany, where he is now working for BASF Coatings in Muenster! Here’s Rumman, looking seriously cool (as always!).
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!
The annual Bristol Ballon Fiesta, the biggest of its kind in Europe, was held from the 9th – 12th of August. Several members of the FRG attended and enjoyed the spectacular scenes! Enjoy the photos!
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!
Feli’s chapter in the book ‘Liquid Crystal Elastomers: Materials and Applications’, edited by Wim H. de Jeu, has been published online:
The book will be available in print soon.