Growing African network!

We had the pleasure of hosting Dr Samuel Chigome, Secretary of the African Materials Research Society and based at BITRI, Botswana, for a quick one-day visit. This was a a great opportunity to continue discussions and expansion of our Bristol chapter of the AMRS (BCAMRS).

More updates and information to follow about BCAMRS soon! See below a photo from our recent launch event, kindly hosted by Jacqueline at the Bristol International Student Centre (BISC).

1st Bristol-Tsinghua “Frontiers of Chemical Sciences” Symposium

We had the pleasure of hosting a group of colleagues from the Department of Chemistry from Tsinghua University, Beijing, here in Bristol! Great to have Prof Xun Wang, Lei Liu and others all contributing to a fantastic one-day symposium! Here a photo of speakers and those involved in the symposium.

Thanks to all involved for a great day of exciting science! We are already looking forward to the next instalment – in Beijing in 2020!

Paper in Angewandte Chemie, with a pinch of salt!

Fantastic news! A paper from the Faul Research Group by Jie Chen (now back in China), Esther Townsend (BCFN), Veronica del Angel Hernandez, Pan, and colleagues from the Xi’an Jiaotong University in China appeared in Angewandte Chemie today!

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The discovery of the Bristol-Xi’an Jiaotong (BXJ) approach, where we use simple inorganic salts to carefully tune N-containing conjugated microporous materials (CMPs), enables elegant synthetic control over the surface area, pore size distributions and function of N-containing CMPs. This approach enables the preparation of amorphous porous materials that start to challenge COFs and MOFs in properties and function!

Well done to all involved!!

Timms Symposium 2019!

We had the pleasure of hosting a number of top international scientists at our annual flagship materials chemistry event, the Peter Timms Symposium, including Pol Besenius (Mainz, Germany), and Marina Kuimova (Imperial College). We also had great contributions from two early career researchers from Bristol – Laura Fox  (from the Briscoe Group) and Emily Baker (Woolfson lab).

The day ended on a very high note with a fantastic Timms Lecture given by our colleague and close collaborator Ian Manners – a fitting way to celebrate his exciting science and showcasing his contributions to the School of Chemistry as he prepares to leave for Canada. We were delighted that Liz Timms, the wife of the late Peter Timms, could join us to hand over a small award!

New Royal Society international project – with Jilin University!

Success! A Royal Society International exchange project, with funding for exchange of staff and students over two years between the research group of prof Kun Liu at the State Key Laboratory for Supramolecular Structure and Materials, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, China, and the Faul Research Group.

This is an exciting addition to the long-standing interaction and growing collaborative efforts between the Faul Research Group and the State Key Laboratory, and fits perfectly with new undergraduate initiatives between the School of Chemistry at Bristol and the College of Chemistry at Jilin (including a new 2+2 joint degree, and a summer school for advanced undergraduate students).

Porous Materials mini symposium – with Pan as speaker!

We recently hosted an early career mini symposium, with Elvia Valadez-Sanchez (Karlsruhe), Harina Hamzah (Ting Group, Engineering) and our own Pan! Thank you to all involved for an exciting morning of science!

Here Charl, Pan, Elvia, Harina, Valeska and Pierangelo Gobbo (symposium organiser). Great talk by Pan – well done!