Maha and Charl at ICSM 2016 in Guangzhou

Maha and Charl are attending the well-known International Conference on Synthetic Metals, the longest-running conference series in the field of conducting and semiconducting organic materials.  This year the conference is held in Guangzhou, China, which is very humid and hot this time of the year!


Maha is presenting a poster, and Charl gave a talk on Monday (and chaired the afternoon session).  More updates to follow soon!


Charl exploring global challenges and collaborations in South Africa

Charl is visiting the chemistry departments at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch this week to explore potential collaborations and give research seminars.  It is of course great to be back in South Africa, and great to visit old friends, colleagues and potential new collaborators.


Charl is being hosted by Assoc. Prof. Greg Smith at UCT, and Dr Prinessa Chellan at Stellenbosch.

Esther, the master!

Esther successfully defended her MSc thesis earlier this week.  She did a great job, and both the examiners (Dr George Whittell, as internal, and Dr Louis Adriaenssens from the University of Lincoln) were very impressed with her performance!  With the viva behind her, Esther is ready to join the BCFN as PhD student in September.

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Of course we celebrated afterwards!  Well done Esther!

Charl in Jinan at SIS2016

Charl gave an invited lecture at the 21st International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution 2016 (or SIS2016 for short!), held in Jinan, Shandong province, in China (see photo below).  Prof. Jingcheng Hao, Head of the Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Shandong University, was the local host.


The conference had many exciting presentations, including a plenary lecture from the legendary Prof. Toyoko Imae (now in Taiwan), who was one of the first (if not the first) scientist to have imaged worm-like micelles!