Visiting Yaozu in Shanghai

Yaozu put together a one-day symposium on advanced functional materials and supramolecular chemistry at Donghua University, Shanghai, where he now holds a professorship.

img_2772He invited a number of speakers (including Arne Thomas from Berlin, and Charl!), as well as a number of local colleagues who also spent time in Bristol as post docs.

donghuameeting_sept2016It was a great day of exciting science, spanning fundamental science all the way through to real-word applications. Well done Yaozu!

Carl’s paper accepted!

Exciting news – Carl’s paper on switchable photonic structures from 3D printed oligo(aniline)-based materials has been accepted for publication in Advanced Optical Materials.

carltapstThis project, with collaborators from the School of Physics (Henkjan and Ben) and Electronic Engineering (Daniel, Lifeng, Mike and John), explored  the use of 3D printing and actively switchable redox-active oligo(aniline)-based materials to create novel tuneable 3D photonic materials.  Well done to Carl, and all our collaborators!



Conference tour in China

Charl is currently in China for a short conference tour. He is starting in Beijing, where he is speaking at the Porous Organic Polymers meeting (held in the impressive Chinese Academy of Science’s Academic Hall).

cas_hallCharl will then also visit former FRG group member Yaozu Liao at Donghua University in Shanghai, to take part in an exciting one-day symposium (organised by Yaozu). Finally, Charl will use the opportunity to visit and give an invited lecture at Suzhou University.

Ben’s paper accepted for CEJ!

Ben’s paper was very recently accepted by Chemistry – A European Journal as a very important paper!  This investigation, done in collaboration with Natalie Fey (Bristol), Patrice Rannou (Grenoble, France, and long-standing collaborator) and Tomasz Marszalek and Wojciech Pisula (Mainz, Germany and Lodz, Poland).


Here we show that a redox-active star-shaped oligo(aniline) provides an opportunity to explore and model the intricate optoelectronic properties of a seemingly simple molecule, using a combination of experimental and modelling investigations.  Congrats to all involved!

UK-China PhD Placement programme opportunities

Are you interested in spending time in Bristol? Currently there is a call open, which provides an opportunity to Chinese nationals who are currently enrolled as PhD students at higher education institutions or research institutions in China, to spend up to 12 months in the UK.

img_2615The focus is on research areas that reflect the common interests and demands of both countries, including research related to energy. The UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (known in the UK as the Newton Fund) PhD placement programme is delivered by the British Council China and the China Scholarship Council

Please contact Prof. Faul if you are interested in applying.  Please note – placements must start between January and December 2017.

Wei going back to China

Wei_GroupphotoIt was with a heavy heart that we all said goodbye to Wei, as she headed back to Xi’an after a year in the FRG. It was great to have her around as a visitor from the Xi’an Jiaotong University. We said goodbye in the traditional fashion – with pizza, and lovely cakes (made by Maha)!

IMG_5602We look forward to catch up with Wei – in Xi’an as we continue to collaborate, or hopefully back here in Bristol!