China Scholarship Council – University of Bristol joint-funded PhD Scholarship

A quick post to invite any eligible Chinese students to apply for the China Scholarship Council – University of Bristol joint-funded PhD Scholarship.

The China Scholarship Council (CSC)/University of Bristol joint-funded scholarships programme offers 60 fully funded PhD scholarships for up to 48 months of research at the University of Bristol.

More details on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Any questions should be directed at: bristol-csc@bristol.ac.uk

In order to be eligible for consideration for a CSC-University of Bristol PhD Scholarship, you must submit your completed application for your PhD programme by midday (UK time) on Thursday 1 December 2022.

Welcome to new Faul Group members

Pleased to welcome (from left to right) Shaohua (perylene diimide self-assembling materials), Ziqiu, Leo (biocompatible polymeric actuators), Daniel (conjugated microporous materials for antibacterial applications) and Jerry (perylene-based polyimide networks for CO2 capture and conversion).

Shaohua, Ziqiu, Leo and Jerry are Bristol undergraduates joining the group for summer projects and Daniel joins to complete his MSc associated with the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials.

Master of Research (MRes) opportunity in materials for robotic artificial muscular assistance

Interested in multidisciplinary MRes project relating to soft robotics, smart structures, polymer chemistry and healthcare? Announcing an exciting opportunity linked to emPOWER Transformative Healthcare Technologies – a UKRI-EPSRC funded research programme focusing on in-body artificial muscles for physical augmentation, function restoration, patient empowerment & future healthcare.

Currently accepting applications from both UK and international students. Please contact Prof Charl Faul or Dr Ben Baker with a short cover letter for more details.

Viva and conference success

Many congratulations to Dr Veronica Del Angel Hernandez who passed her PhD viva last week. We wish her continued success in her postdoctoral research associate position within the Cooper Group at the University of Liverpool.

Further celebrations are in order for group members Neha Yadav and Basiram Narzary. Both are both recipients of prizes at last week’s GWPore conference for contributing with a talk on polymer formation using cyclic carbonates from CO2 and a poster discussing CO2 capture and conversion using microporous materials (see below), respectively.

Dr Symons!

Henry very succesfully defended his thesis last week – with Prof Dwight Seferos (Univ of Toronto) as the external examiner, Dr Pierangelo Gobbo as internal, and Prof Simon Hall as independent chair!

Not quite the same as an in-person celebration afterwards, but we could celebrate on Zoom, and made sure that Henry was made aware of his own personal bottle of bubbly for celebrations!

Well done Henry!

Belated congratulations!

Rather late than never – congratulations are in order to both Robert and Xue who successfully passed their MSc (Research) vivas at the end of 2020! Robert has now joined the group of Jean Hubert Oliver at the University of Florida as PhD student, and Xue secured a prestigious China Scholarship Council studentship to continue in the FRG with her PhD.

Thanks also to Pol Besenius from Mainz (Robert’s external examiner) and Emily Draper from Glasgow (Xue’s external).

Not sure how we missed making these important events known to the world – sincere apologies! Well done to both!

Conference season…

Huan and Veronica recently joined the RSC Materials Chemistry Division poster symposium. This was a virtual conference, and held on the RSC’s conference platform.

Attendees had to create a one-minute flash presentation, as well as a full poster! Both Huan and Veronica did a great job, and engaged with this new platform – congratulations!

Huan’s screen cast! Very nice!

Veronica’s poster, also showing the layout of the conference platform with various virtual meeting rooms!