Paper in Nature Communications!

Great news from the continued collaborative efforts between the Manners and Faul groups (and many other collaborators):  our work on the production of “Uniform electroactive fibre-like micelle nanowires for organic electronics” has just appeared online at Nature Communications!

Well done to Pete (funded by the BCFN for his PhD and now working for NuNano, Edinburgh), Xiaoyu (now at BIT in Beijing, China), Liam, and others on some very exciting science!  We describe studies of field-effect transistor devices prepared from solution-processable, low-dispersity, electroactive fibre-like micelles of controlled length from pi-conjugated diblock copolymers. The resulting charge carrier mobility strongly depends on both the degree of polymerization of the core-forming block and the fibre length, and is independent of corona composition.

Half the FRG in Canada!

Various member of the Faul Research group were in Canada in the past week. Charlie, Liam and Horatio at the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Conference, and Esther, Betty, Christian and Charl at the University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology.

Charl will also be visiting the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, hosted by Prof. Dwight Seferos – more details to follow.

Paper with Yaozu, Jens and Arne accepted for publication!

We just heard the good news that a paper with former post-doc Yaozu (now a professor at Donghua University in Shanghai), and close collaborators Jens Weber (Zittau) and Arne Thomas (TU Berlin) have been accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials.

More details to follow on the paper “Conjugated Microporous Polycarbazole Networks as Precursors for Nitrogen Enriched Microporous Carbons for CO2 Storage and Electrochemical Capacitors“.  Well done to all involved!

New members!

A large group of researchers have just joined the group! Welcome to Nan (BCFN MSc, co-supervised by Natalie Fey), Xiaoyu (BCFN MSc, co-supervised by Annela Seddon), Christian (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Jonathan Rossiter), Esther (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Annela Seddon), Betty (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Ian Manners), and Özlem (post-doc!).

Welcome to all!

Dr Pete!

Pete (also known to some as Piotr!) had his viva earlier this week. Prof Ronald Osterbackca (from Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland) was his external examiner, and Dr Annela Seddon (Director of the BCFN, where Pete received his funding from) his internal examiner.  Ronald also gave an excellent talk the afternoon before, setting the stage for the viva!

As is evident from the photo the viva went very well! Pete did a great job, and impressed his examiners! Well done Dr Pete!