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!

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!

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!

 

 

New group member Jay!

Welcome to Jie (also known as Jay!), who has just joined the FRG as a one-year China Scholarship Council (CSC)-sponsored visitor.  Jie is from the Xi’an Jiaotong University, from the same group that Wei, and Jiangtao before her, came as visitors. It is great to continue to develop links between these groups!

Great to have you here Jay – welcome!

Poster prize for Christian!

Christian, a BCFN PhD student in the group (jointly supervised by Jonathan Rossiter from the the robotics CDT, FARSCOPE, and Charl), won a poster prize at the recent INASCON’17 conference, held here in Bristol.  This international nanoscience conference is organised by students, for students! Christian was one of four prize winners – well done Christian!

Here Christian is explaining his poster to Dr Ian Lindsay from the BCFN!

Charl at the ACS meeting

Charl joined the ACS Fall meeting in Washington earlier this week.  He spoke at two symposia – the “Metal-Containing and Metallo-Supramolecular Polymers and Materials” as well as the “Non-conventional Building Blocks in Conjugated Materials: Innovative Designs & New Applications”. It was great to meet friends, colleagues and collaborators from across the world at a great meeting!