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!

Timms Symposium 2016!

The School of Chemistry had the pleasure to host Sebastien Perrier (Warrick) and Stuart James (QUB) at our annual Peter Timms Symposium.


Prof. Karen L. Wooley from Texas A&M University, the Peter Timms Lecturer, gave a fantastic talk! She was then presented with a small award by the late Peter’s wife, Liz Timms.

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It was a great afternoon of exciting world-class science … supported by two local speakers, Hongjing Dou and Ben from the FRG!




Breaking a sweat for BISC!

Bristol International Student Centre (or better known as BISC) is the home away from home for all international students. BISC is turning 40 this year, and lots of people are helping to raise funds for a building project at the BISC premises.

Kazu helped out at the Gala Fundraising Dinner on Saturday evening (and washed hundreds of dishes!), and Horatio ran the Bristol 10K on Sunday (in the impressive time of 47 minutes!).


Well done both, and thanks for your efforts!  Happy Birthday BISC!