Escaping science!

The group took a break from the lab last week, and spent some time at “Locked in a Room” on the Bristol harbour side!

Glad to report that both the groups solved the riddles and escaped from their rooms within the allotted time! See if you can identify all of the mad scientists! We wrapped up the morning’s activities with a great lunch!

 

BCFN in Changchun and Shanghai!

A group of students from the BCFN, including various Faul Research Group members, travelled to the State Key Laboratory for Supramolecular Materials and Structures at the College of Chemistry at Jilin University (Changchun), and then on to the State Key Laboratory for Polymers and Textile Fibers at Donghua University (Shanghai).

It was, in addition, great to have a mini Faul Research Group China reunion, with Yaozu, Wei (both now at Donghua), Robert, Esther, Henry, Christian and Charl!

Faul group in China!

Charl has, for the 4th time, taken a large group of BCFN students (and colleague, Tom Oliver!) to China for an extensive academic visit! First stop was ChinaNano 2019! In addition to students from the BCFN, a number of Faul group members also joined this scientific expedition!

Here the whole group, which included Pan, Robert, Christian, Victoria, Tom, Sian, Charl, Esther, Henry and Alicia!

And here the Faul group members Pan, Esther, Christian, Robert, Henry and Charl on their own! Fortunately Pan, who is from Beijing, helped us to find an excellent local Beijing roast duck restaurant!

 

Paper accepted in Macromolecules!

Charlie, former joint BCS CDT PhD student with the Manners group and now postdoc in the Seferos Group in Toronto, had another paper published from his PhD!

The study, accepted for publication in Macromolecules, explores the solution self-assembly of a heterobimetallic diblock copolymers with a crystallisable poly(ferrocenyldimethylsilane) (PFS) core-forming block and a corona-forming segment featuring a poly(cobaltoceniumethylene) (PCE) based polyelectrolyte/surfactant complex. More details to follow soon!

Congrats to Charlie, and other co-authors (Rebecca, Becs and Rob)!

Visit from our Indian collaborators!

We had the pleasure of hosting two collaborators from the Department of Chemistry, IIT Kharagpur in Bristol for a week! It was great to have Professors Sanjib Patra (who spent 4 years in Bristol as postdoc in our close collaborator Ian Manners‘ group) and Sabyashachi Mishra here interacting with colleagues, exploring new opportunities and giving talks!

This visit, funded by the University of Bristol’s International Strategic Fund, is part of a much larger collaboration (Manners/Faul – Patra/Misha) funded by the Indian government’s SPARC initiative. We also had the chance, with our local collaborator Dr Natalie Fey, to meet with the UoB’s International Office to discuss further interactions!

We look forward to many further future interactions and exchanges!

Best talk at M4 Colloids!

Christian, a BCFN PhD student jointly supervised by close collaborator Jonathan Rossiter and Charl, won the prize for the best talk at the M4 Colloids Symposium. This annual one-day conference, sponsored by the RSC, is an excellent platform for the exchange of scientific ideas between research groups from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Cardiff, along with others from the UK and abroad.

Well done Christian!