Dr Sanchez Sanchez!

Congrats to Angel, who passed his viva on Wednesday! Celebrations had a Mexican flavour, as could be expected!

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Well done Dr Sanchez Sanchez, who is now working with Dr Nikolay Houbenov in the molecular materials group of Professor Olli Ikkala at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland!

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Mexico City!

Charl is in Mexico City on a short recruitment trip. He met a number of alumni at the UKAAM alumni event on Friday evening, which was a great way to connect and talk about what a great place Bristol is!

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He also met many students at the British Council Recruitment Fair yesterday interested in doing a Masters by Research or PhD at the School of Chemistry.  Charl will be at the fair again today, and be visiting the Institute of Chemistry at UNAM on Monday.

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Bristol is a great place to live and study, and this great video of the city is certainly worth having a look at!

Bert Meijer visiting Bristol

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Prof Bert Meijer from Eindhoven, Netherlands, and leading international scientist visited Bristol on the 18th of February.  Prof Meijer gave the named Timms Lecture at the Timms Symposium.  Prof Fiona Meldrum and Prof Rasmita Raval also spoke, with Drew Thomson and Becky Boston (now in Sheffield) showcasing their work too!

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Paper Published in Nature Chemical Biology

Emily Baker, a joint student between Charl and Dek Woolfson, has had her paper on protein structure published in Nat. Chem. Bio! Her work focused on the interactions within protein alpha helices and how the dipole forces holding them together may be less influential than previously thought.

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Read a short summary of the work, or see the full article here. Well done Emily (and collaborators!).

@ the Department of Chemistry, Monash

Charl spent the day at the Department of Chemistry at Monash, where he gave a talk and interacted with a number of colleagues, including Dr Rico Tabor!

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He also had the chance to have a look at their brand-new and very impressive chemistry building on campus! Great day in very summery Melbourne!

Charl invited to speak in Hobart

Charl was invited to speak at the Australasian Colloid and Interface Society’s Biennial symposium in Hobart, Tasmania!  He spoke about some of the work from the FRG in the area of electroactive materials.

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It has been a great meeting so far and a good chance to meet up with some old friends (like Dr Rico Tabor, now from Monash University)! And all of this taking place in a wonderful setting!