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!


Esther in Aus!

Esther is currently visiting collaborator and good friend Rico Tabor‘s group at Monash University (in Melbourne, Australia!). Here she is with Rico, Luke (co-supervised by Charl) and other members of Rico’s group!

She also used this opportunity to attend and give a talk at the 9th biennial Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium, which was held in Hobart, Tasmania. Enjoy!

Hiroshi Kitagawa from Kyoto visiting the FRG!

Prof Hiroshi Kitagawa (Department of Chemistry, Kyoto University) spent two days with the Faul Research Group. It was a pleasure to have a world-leading scientist interacting with many in the group (and enjoying some of the  group’s local activities!).

Prof Kitagawa gave a fantastic talk on his “Conductive Coordination Networks“, showcasing some of the very detailed studies on his various porous metal-containing MOF architectures. Very impressive!

Quick visit to Donghua University’s State Key Lab

Charl was invited to join the International Advisory Committee for Donghua University‘s State Key Laboratory for Fibers and Polymer Materials in Shanghai. It was a great opportunity to have a fantastic overview of the science done in this exciting area, but also to meet friends and colleagues from China, the USA, Europe, Singapore and Africa!


It was also a great opportunity to catch up with former postdoc (and now professor at Donghua), Yaozu Liao, and to meet a fellow African, Dr Samuel Chigome from the  Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI)!


Starting the year on a high note – first publication!

Happy 2019! The year has started on a high note, with our first paper (joint with our collaborators Jiangfei Xu and Xi Zhang from the Department of Chemistry at Tsinghua) just accepted and appeared online in Chemistry Society Reviews!

Henry and Charl contributed to the tutorial review, entitled “Molecular Engineering of Polymeric Supra-amphiphiles“, where the concept of supra-amphiphiles is introduced and discussed in detail! Well done to all involved!