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!

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Busy Christmas season!

The busy Christmas season has kicked off with a first “Mince Pie Mixer” of all of Charl’s undergraduate personal tutees and the whole Faul Research Group. This was a great event to get to know each other better, but also to exchange some tips around potential routes to further studies and employment.

This event was followed earlier this week by the FRG’s Christmas Party. It was, for the first time since Charl and Jacqueline’s arrival in Bristol, not held at their home, but at the very nice Grupo Lounge in Westbury-on-Trym! The food was great, Secret Santa presents exchanged, and generally a fantastic evening!

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.

Veronica formally welcomed as PhD student

Veronica was formally welcomed to the University of Bristol, with all other new PhD students from across all faculties, by Prof Hugh Brady, President and Vice-Chancellor.All new PhD students received a Bristol scarf as part of this event in the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building – as can be seen on the photo taken at the event!

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.

Lots of new people joining the group!

We have had a influx of a large number of new group members – 4 new undergraduate project students, 2 BCFN short-term students Andrea and Marco, as well as Veronica from Mexico as a new PhD student in the group! Welcome to everyone!

Emily, Jack, Robert and Alex!

Andrea, Marco and Veronica!

This informal group photo was taken when celebrating Charl’s birthday recently!

 

 

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!