Goodbye Kazu!

The Faul and Hall groups got together to say goodbye to Kazu, who is about to leave the UK and return to Japan! Kazu will be sorely missed in the group!

Safe travels and all the best Kazu! Hope to see you back in Bristol soon again!

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Charl teaching at Tsinghua

Charl is back in Beijing at Tsinghua, teaching an introductory course on liquid crystals and soft matter on the Tsinghua Xuetang programme. His host is prof Xi Zhang, who will visit Bristol in May this year.

Before the lecture series starts, there was an opportunity to enjoy good weather and clear skies to see Beijing from a different perspective!

Bristol the best place to live in the UK … and has the steepest street as well!

Bristol was voted, for the second time, as the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times.

“We sum the city up as cool, classy and supremely creative.”  And we agree!

We are also inclined to point towards the following important announcement:  Vale Street, in Totterdown in Bristol, has the steepest street in the UK, at an incline of almost 22°!

Liam co-author on a JACS paper from the Manners group!

Liam contributed to a paper that just appeared online at JACS entitled “Uniform “Patchy” Platelets by Seeded Heteroepitaxial Growth of Crystallizable Polymer Blends in Two Dimensions“.

The study demonstrates that the 2D crystallization-driven self-assembly approach (developed by close collaborator, and Liam’s joint supervisor Ian Manners) can be extended to heteroepitaxial growth by the use of different crystallizable polymers with compatible crystal structures. This allows the formation of well-defined “patchy” rectangular platelets and platelet block co-micelles with different core chemistries.

Well done Liam!