Mini symposium with Florian von Wrochem, Sony

We had the pleasure to host Dr Florian von Wrochem from Sony’s Materials Laboratories (Stuttgart, Germany).  It was a great opportunity to put together an exciting symposium, with former FRG member Dr James Thomas (funded by the BCFN, and now a post-doc in Oxford) as well as Liam speaking.

Photos to follow soon!

Paper in Nature Communications!

Great news from the continued collaborative efforts between the Manners and Faul groups (and many other collaborators):  our work on the production of “Uniform electroactive fibre-like micelle nanowires for organic electronics” has just appeared online at Nature Communications!

Well done to Pete (funded by the BCFN for his PhD and now working for NuNano, Edinburgh), Xiaoyu (now at BIT in Beijing, China), Liam, and others on some very exciting science!  We describe studies of field-effect transistor devices prepared from solution-processable, low-dispersity, electroactive fibre-like micelles of controlled length from pi-conjugated diblock copolymers. The resulting charge carrier mobility strongly depends on both the degree of polymerization of the core-forming block and the fibre length, and is independent of corona composition.

Half the FRG in Canada!

Various member of the Faul Research group were in Canada in the past week. Charlie, Liam and Horatio at the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Conference, and Esther, Betty, Christian and Charl at the University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology.

Charl will also be visiting the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, hosted by Prof. Dwight Seferos – more details to follow.

New members!

A large group of researchers have just joined the group! Welcome to Nan (BCFN MSc, co-supervised by Natalie Fey), Xiaoyu (BCFN MSc, co-supervised by Annela Seddon), Christian (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Jonathan Rossiter), Esther (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Annela Seddon), Betty (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Ian Manners), and Özlem (post-doc!).

Welcome to all!

Dr Pete!

Pete (also known to some as Piotr!) had his viva earlier this week. Prof Ronald Osterbackca (from Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland) was his external examiner, and Dr Annela Seddon (Director of the BCFN, where Pete received his funding from) his internal examiner.  Ronald also gave an excellent talk the afternoon before, setting the stage for the viva!

As is evident from the photo the viva went very well! Pete did a great job, and impressed his examiners! Well done Dr Pete!

Timms Symposium 2017 … with a great line-up of speakers!

We had the pleasure of hosting the annual materials chemistry, the Timms Symposium, last week here in Bristol.

Close collaborator and good friend, Prof Xi Zhang from Tsinghua University, was the Timms Lecturer for 2017.  He was supported on the day by excellent presentations by Dr Annela Seddon (Director of the BCFN), Prof. Jean-Francois Lutz (Strasbourg), Jess Gwyther (from the Manners group) and Jason Potticary (from the Hall group).

We were also very pleased that Liz Timms, the late Peter Timms wife, could join for the afternoon, and hand over a small award to Prof Zhang!

China graduation – and Joey graduating

Charl attended the University of Bristol China graduation (for the third time!).  He saw many students from Bristol, as well as three chemistry graduates! Here the three (Chuhui, Hao and Xuechun) are celebrating with Charl and Professor Tim Gallagher, Dean of Science!

More importantly, Joey Liu, who dis his extended project (as part of his MSc in Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials) in the Faul group, also graduated!

Well done Joey!