Porous Materials mini symposium – with Pan as speaker!

We recently hosted an early career mini symposium, with Elvia Valadez-Sanchez (Karlsruhe), Harina Hamzah (Ting Group, Engineering) and our own Pan! Thank you to all involved for an exciting morning of science!

Here Charl, Pan, Elvia, Harina, Valeska and Pierangelo Gobbo (symposium organiser). Great talk by Pan – well done!

 

Prize for Grace!

Grace, who did her final year research project in the FRG, won one of two prizes for the best “materials” talk last week – what a great way to mark the end of all UG research projects!

Here Grace (on the right) is with Prof Emma Raven, Head of the School of Chemistry, and other prize winner Hannah Taylor.
And, finally, a photo of Charl, Grace, Matt and Sam at the wine reception at the end of the presentation day – well done all!

Esther in Aus!

Esther is currently visiting collaborator and good friend Rico Tabor‘s group at Monash University (in Melbourne, Australia!). Here she is with Rico, Luke (co-supervised by Charl) and other members of Rico’s group!

She also used this opportunity to attend and give a talk at the 9th biennial Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium, which was held in Hobart, Tasmania. Enjoy!

Hiroshi Kitagawa from Kyoto visiting the FRG!

Prof Hiroshi Kitagawa (Department of Chemistry, Kyoto University) spent two days with the Faul Research Group. It was a pleasure to have a world-leading scientist interacting with many in the group (and enjoying some of the  group’s local activities!).

Prof Kitagawa gave a fantastic talk on his “Conductive Coordination Networks“, showcasing some of the very detailed studies on his various porous metal-containing MOF architectures. Very impressive!

Quick visit to Donghua University’s State Key Lab

Charl was invited to join the International Advisory Committee for Donghua University‘s State Key Laboratory for Fibers and Polymer Materials in Shanghai. It was a great opportunity to have a fantastic overview of the science done in this exciting area, but also to meet friends and colleagues from China, the USA, Europe, Singapore and Africa!

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It was also a great opportunity to catch up with former postdoc (and now professor at Donghua), Yaozu Liao, and to meet a fellow African, Dr Samuel Chigome from the  Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI)!

 

University of Rennes1, France

Charl was invited, as visiting professor, to spend a few days at the University of Rennes1 by former postdoc Dr Franck Camerel. Franck, who is in the MaCSE (Matière Condensée et Systèmes Electroactifs) group,

Several days of excellent and stimulating scientific discussions were closely accompanied by good food, and the pleasure of seeing old friends again! Thank you Franck!

Visitors from Jilin

It was great to be able to host (with fantastic support from the BCFN) 5 staff and 10 graduate students from the State Key Laboratory for Supramolecular Structure and Materials, College of Chemistry, Jilin University (Changchun, China)! The visit, to discuss new joint undergraduate programmes, and to further explore research interactions, was a fantastic success!

There was also a poster session, where Esther and Christian presented some of their latest results! More photos to follow!

Great to see old friends again (including Prof Kun Liu and Dayang Wang), but also to make many new friends and connections!