Superb viva from Dr Charlie!

Charlie (jointly supervised by close collaborator Ian Manners and Charl) defended his thesis earlier this week, with Prof Gustavo Fernandez from Muenster acting as external examiner.  Charlie did a superb job, and will be wrapping up his minor corrections soon!

In addition to the viva, we also enjoyed an afternoon of student talks (with Maha from the FRG giving a great talk!), with Gustavo ending off the afternoon of exciting science with some of the detailed mechanistic work on supramolecular self-assembly from his laboratories.


Friends and visitors, and new group members!

We have had the privilege to have had both Wei and Ben (former PhD students) visiting during the last week! Was great to have both of them here, at the same time!

A new postdoc, Pan, also joined the group in the last week! Pan, who did his PhD at the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing (with Prof Bao-Hang Han), was awarded a Newton International Fellowship for 2 years! Welcome Pan!


New year … and new publication!

A paper, with authors from the Manners and Faul group, just appeared in Macromolecules. Liam, who is a joint PhD student between the two groups, contributed to the paper where the formation of uniform block copolymer fiberlike micelles of controlled length with a crystalline polyselenophene core was explored. Careful control of preparation conditions, especially choice of solvent for the self-assembly, led to the formation of very long fiberlike micelles (of up to 900 nm).

See the paper here for further details.  Well done to Emily, Ali and Liam!


Maha and Charl in London

Maha and Charl attended the “McBain Medal 2017: Watching Colloids Work” meeting in London recently.  Former Bristol student and good friend of the FRG, Dr Rico Tabor (from Monash University in Melbourne) was presented with the McBain medal of the Society of Chemical Industry. As part of the one-day symposium Maha presented a poster on some of her recent work on bola-amphipihles, while Charl gave an invited talk.

Great symposium, and a fantastic opportunity to meet many of the FRG’s collaborators!

Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships – funding for postdocs!

If you are from a commonwealth country and interested to join the Faul Research Group as postdoc, then you might be eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship (UoB internal deadline 7th of December!). If you are interested to apply, please contact Prof. Faul with a one-page outline proposal as soon as possible. Eligibility criteria can be found here.

Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships are for highly skilled researchers from other Commonwealth countries to spend one or two years at an eligible UK university or higher education institution conducting postdoctoral research. These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Rutherford Fund, with the aim of attracting global talent and supporting the UK’s research base. Up to 50 fellowships are available.

Paper (with Yaozu and Arne) accepted … and published!

A paper, with Yaozu (and his team at Donghua), Arne Thomas (in Berlin) and Charl on nitrogen-rich conjugated microporous polymers has now appeared in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

In this paper we explore the use of nitrogen-rich conjugated microporous polymers (prepared using an oxidative cross-linking approach) in a variety of applications, including carbon dioxide uptake (with high selectivity over nitrogen) and energy storage.

Mini symposium with Andy Weller, Mike Inkpen … and Djen!

We had the pleasure of hosting a number of visiting academics from other universities at the School of Chemistry, including Professor Andy Weller (Oxford) and Dr Mike Inkpen (Columbia/Rennes).  As usual we had a mini symposium, which provided an afternoon of exciting science.  Djen spoke as well, and gave a great talk on some of his recent results on dielectric actuators!