Charl has just completed a short, but busy, trip: after visiting Shu-Hong’s labs, an additional visit to the Hefei University of Technology, the International Conference on Energy and Environmental Materials (all in Hefei), and then the International Seminar on Advanced Materials (in Shanghai)!
As the latter was held at Donghua University, Charl had the chance to catch up with former postdoc Yaozu (now professor at Donghua), who also attended the conference. Charl also managed to visit a small company in Anji, a smaller city close to Hangzhou – busy time indeed!
It has been more than 10 years since Charl’s last visit to Hefei, where Shu-Hong Yu is based at the University of Science and Technology (USTC). It was great to visit his very productive laboratories, doing very impressive science, whilst also giving a talk and discussing new collaborative opportunities!
Great to catch up with old friends again – thanks for a great visit!
Charlie, who was a joint Manners/Faul student (and now in Toronto), just had a full paper accepted in Chemistry European Journal! He had helped from Henry, from the Faul group, Xiaoming, former Manners group postdoc and Rob from the EM unit.
In this paper we show controlled solution self-assembly of an amphiphilic perylene diimide by a seeded-growth mechanism, to form colloidally stable, one-dimensional fibres with controllable lengths and low dispersities under kinetic control. Well done to all involved!
Luke Giles, PhD student from our collaborator Dr Rico Tabor (leading the SMaC Lab at the School of Chemistry at Monash) and co-supervised by Charl, visited our labs recently. Rico, who did his PhD at Bristol (and spent some time working in the FRG labs) is a regular visitor – it is great to now expand our interactions with Luke’s visit (as he travels around Europe).
Here Luke is with some of the FRG members before heading out back to Melbourne again! Looking forward to the next visit!
Charl was invited to visit former UoB college, Prof Huaxin Peng, now the director of the Innovative Composite Systems Institute. He had a great time talking to colleagues and students from the institute working in the areas of novel graphene-based materials, energy storage, and related applications.
It was a real pleasure to visit, with, further opportunities to catch up with colleagues from Bristol, as prof Fabrizio Scarpa (from Engineering) was also visiting at the same time!
Wonderful to visit old friends – in a beautiful place!
A School of Chemistry event was held to showcase the research from all early career researchers (M.Res., PhD and postdocs), with talks, a wine reception and posters!
Great news is that Veronica from our group won the poster prize! Congratulations Veronica! Here some photos of some other group members at their posters! Well done to all on a great effort, and thanks to Tom Oliver, Carmen Galan and Simon Hall for organising this event!
Charl is spending some time at Tsinghua University, Beijing, hosted by collaborator Prof Xi Zhang and his group. This opportunity provides some space and time to think, write proposals and papers, chatting to the rest of the group in Bristol using wechat (or Skype), and interacting with Xi’s students!