Mini symposium with Andy Weller, Mike Inkpen … and Djen!

We had the pleasure of hosting a number of visiting academics from other universities at the School of Chemistry, including Professor Andy Weller (Oxford) and Dr Mike Inkpen (Columbia/Rennes).  As usual we had a mini symposium, which provided an afternoon of exciting science.  Djen spoke as well, and gave a great talk on some of his recent results on dielectric actuators!

PhD position available with collaborators in France!

Our friend and colleague, Dr Patrice Rannou, based in Grenoble, France, has a PhD position available for an exciting new project in the area of polymer synthesis for photovoltaics and energy storage – “Functional Block CoPolymers (FunBCPs): Encoding Performances in Smart Active Layers for next generation Battery and Solar Cells

This project, within the in the Laboratory for Innovation in new Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (CEA-LITEN) in Grenoble, France, is a collaborative effort with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in polymer or synthetic organic chemistry.  Please see the details of the project here or here, or contact Dr Rannou directly for further information.

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!

Newton International Fellowship Scheme

Another important funding scheme specifically for international post-doctoral fellowships has also just been published for 2017.


  • Newton International Fellowships
    The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years. The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. It also covers clinical and patient orientated research for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries.  Open to candidates from any nationality.  University of Bristol Internal Deadline: 10 March 2017.

Please contact Professor Faul if you are interested to apply for a Newton International Fellowship.  Please ensure that you provide two letters of reference.

Funding opportunities announced

A number of new funding initiatives have been announced over the last few days.  Please have a look at these opportunities if you are interested to join the Faul Research Group as post-doc or short-term visitor:

  • The Royal Society – Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award:  Thanks to the support of the Royal Society of Chemistry additional grants are available through the Royal Society – Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award for collaborations between researchers in the UK and those in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) working on projects in the field of Chemistry. University of Bristol Internal Deadline:  27 February 2017
  • Newton Mobility Grants (with the Royal Society and the British Academy): This scheme aims to help strengthen the research and innovation capacity of researchers from partner countries by assisting them in visiting or sending staff and students to the UK and developing networks, research projects and partnerships with their UK hosts/counterparts and the wider UK research and innovation community. University of Bristol Internal Deadline: 6 March 2017 

Partner countries Royal Society: Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey
Partner countries British Academy: Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

Please contact Professor Faul if you are interested to apply for any of these.  Please ensure that you provide two letters of reference.

Short recruitment trip to Kuala Lumpur

Charl had the pleasure of visiting Malaysia for some recruitment activities (in and around Kuala Lumpur) recently.

img_3128It was a busy time, with visits to the Ministry of Education, a local matriculation college (just outside KL), as well as a British Council Recruitment fair.  More photos from the school visit to appear shortly!

New UoB agreement with the China Scholarship Council

The University of Bristol has just finalised a new agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for 20 PhD students per year for the next 5 years. This is great news, and Bristol will benefit greatly from this new initiative!

img_2942Charl is currently in Beijing talking to prospective CSC PhD candidates at the International Graduate Scholarship Fair of the CSC.

UK-China PhD Placement programme opportunities

Are you interested in spending time in Bristol? Currently there is a call open, which provides an opportunity to Chinese nationals who are currently enrolled as PhD students at higher education institutions or research institutions in China, to spend up to 12 months in the UK.

img_2615The focus is on research areas that reflect the common interests and demands of both countries, including research related to energy. The UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (known in the UK as the Newton Fund) PhD placement programme is delivered by the British Council China and the China Scholarship Council

Please contact Prof. Faul if you are interested in applying.  Please note – placements must start between January and December 2017.

Indonesian LPDP scholarships

if you are from Indonesia, and interested to join the FRG, then please consider applying for either a Masters’ or a PhD scholarship from the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (known as LPDP scholarships).

Deadlines for applications to the LPDP are 15th of April, 15th of July, and the 14th of October. Please contact Professor Faul if you are interested in applying.