Rather late than never – congratulations are in order to both Robert and Xue who successfully passed their MSc (Research) vivas at the end of 2020! Robert has now joined the group of Jean Hubert Oliver at the University of Florida as PhD student, and Xue secured a prestigious China Scholarship Council studentship to continue in the FRG with her PhD.
Great to formally welcome new PhD students Ciqun and Helal in the group!
Ciqun joined the Soft Robotics lab and the FRG as a joint PhD student at the end of last year, working on novel soft actuators for robotics applications. Helal joined the group very recently from Saudi Arabia, and will be working on novel perylene-based supramolecular polymers!
GWPore – the local GW4 network for porous materials activities at the univerisities of Cardiff, Bath, Exeter and Bristol – has had an excitiing online conference, focussed on giving early career research the opportunity to present posters and oral presentations.
A number of FRG group members attended and gave posters (Julia, Connie, Merve, Safa). There were also two talks from the group (Neha and Veronica), as well as a talk by our colleague and close collaborator Kamran (from the Beijing)!
Fantastic effort by all, and a great opportunity to network and see what other exciting porous materials research is currently being performed in the South West of the UK and beyond!
After a very unusual year, a fun online Christmas party with some great prizes (cleaning someone else’s FH, changing the base bath, to mention some of the more interesting prizes!), we all retreated for a quiet, peaceful and restful Christmas.
So, 2021 started with another lockdown, but we are grateful for testing faciltiies and the opportunity to be back in the lab.
Another joint paper with our long-standing collaborators, the Manners Group (now at the University of Victoria). Charlie (lead author) and Liam (another former joint student) contributed to a paper on the surface patterning of uniform 2D platelet block co-micelles – published in ACS Macro Letters! We show the formation of rectangular platelets containing two block copolymers with different coronal chemistries. On addition of a solvent that is only able to solvate the corona of one block, colloidally stable micelles with patterned surfaces via coronal collapse are formed.
Well done to all involved in this productive and long-standing collaboration!
Great to have new MSc (Research) student Merve join the group from Turkey! Merve is just settling in to Bristol, and will be starting her lab work very soon, working on conjugated microporous polymers for CO2 capture and conversion!