Yaozu speaking at the First Inorganic and Materials Symposium of the year!

Yaozu gave an excellent talk on some of his recent results at the first mini-symposium on the I&M Chemistry section programme for the new academic year! Here Yaozu is thinking hard before answering a question!

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He was joined by Jess Gwyther (postdoc from the Manners group), before the main speaker of the day, prof Michael Morris, University of Cork, Ireland.

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The FRG setting a new record at BISC!

In this busy time of the year, and many new students arriving in Bristol, the FRG helped out at BISC, a local charity that helps to welcome international students. As in previous years, a team led by “Chef Charl” cooked Welcome Meals for international students.  Sadly Angel and Dicker had left by the time this photo was taken:


We broke the record set last year, and prepared and served more than 140 meals on Tuesday evening! Well done!

Funding to collaborate with the FRG

The Royal Society (RS) have announced a number of schemes that allow for international travel and exchange, and to explore opportunities for building lasting networks, or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations. These schemes cover travel, subsistence and a small contribution to research costs. Applicants must be from:

China, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico or Turkey


Newton Mobility Grants:

This award is currently available to international researchers that want to strengthen the research and innovation capacity by visiting or sending staff and students to the UK.

Newton Advanced Fellowships:

This scheme aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

General Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. Applicants should have no more than 15 years of postdoctoral experience. Collaborations should focus on a single project involving overseas-based scientist (“the Applicant”) and UK-based scientist (“the Co-applicant”).

If you wish to apply, please contact Dr Faul as soon as possible.

ACR Review published online

Charl’s review in Accounts of Chemical Research, entitled “Ionic Self-Assembly for Functional Hierarchical Nanostructured Materials” appeared online!


A great opportunity to provide an overview of Charl’s collaborative efforts over the past decade, and to thank many colleagues who contributed to the far-reaching ionic self-assembly approach!