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.

PhD position available with collaborators in France!

Our friend and colleague, Dr Patrice Rannou, based in Grenoble, France, has a PhD position available for an exciting new project in the area of polymer synthesis for photovoltaics and energy storage – “Functional Block CoPolymers (FunBCPs): Encoding Performances in Smart Active Layers for next generation Battery and Solar Cells

This project, within the in the Laboratory for Innovation in new Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (CEA-LITEN) in Grenoble, France, is a collaborative effort with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in polymer or synthetic organic chemistry.  Please see the details of the project here or here, or contact Dr Rannou directly for further information.

Book on supramolecular amphiphiles published!

Alex, Kazu and Charl contributed a chapter to an RSC book on supramolecular amphiphiles, edited by our collaborator and colleague, Prof Xi Zhang from the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. The book, with a chapter from Bristol focusing on the use of electrostatic interactions for the formation of supra-amphiphiles, has just been published!

Great to have had the chance to contribute to this exciting book in the RSC’s Monographs in Supramolecular Chemistry series!

Charl at the Department of Chemistry, Univ of Toronto

Charl visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, on Monday.  He was hosted by Professor Dwight Seferos, and had the chance to meet a number of faculty and researchers during the day – discussing lots of very exciting science!

Charl also gave a lecture, and had the chance to showcase some recent research from the Faul Research Group!

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.