Seminar at the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology

Charl gave a seminar at the Chinese Academy of Science’s National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in Beijing very recently! Charl spent two months at the NCNST in 2012 as visiting professor, so great to visit again!

Even better was the fact that Charl was hosted by his former postdoc, and now very successful academic, Professor Zhixiang Wei. Charl found the following photo when Zhixiang, and fellow postdoc (and equally successful academic!) Tierui Zhang, were enjoying time out at a Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces weekend away 14 years ago!

 

Crazy conference season in China!

Charl has just completed a short, but busy, trip: after visiting Shu-Hong’s labs, an additional visit to the Hefei University of Technology, the International Conference on Energy and Environmental Materials (all in Hefei), and then the International Seminar on Advanced Materials (in Shanghai)!

As the latter was held at Donghua University, Charl had the chance to catch up with former postdoc Yaozu (now professor at Donghua), who also attended the conference. Charl also managed to visit a small company in Anji, a smaller city close to Hangzhou – busy time indeed!

Visiting Shu-Hong at USTC, Hefei

It has been more than 10 years since Charl’s last visit to Hefei, where Shu-Hong Yu is based at the University of Science and Technology (USTC). It was great to visit his very productive laboratories, doing very impressive science, whilst also giving a talk and discussing new collaborative opportunities!


Great to catch up with old friends again – thanks for a great visit!

Visitor from Monash!

Luke Giles, PhD student from our collaborator Dr Rico Tabor (leading the SMaC Lab at  the School of Chemistry at Monash) and co-supervised by Charl, visited our labs recently. Rico, who did his PhD at Bristol (and spent some time working in the FRG labs) is a regular visitor – it is great to now expand our interactions with Luke’s visit (as he travels around Europe).

Here Luke is with some of the FRG members before heading out back to Melbourne again! Looking forward to the next visit!

 

Visiting Zhejiang University in beautiful Hangzhou

Charl was invited to visit former UoB college, Prof Huaxin Peng, now the director of the Innovative Composite Systems Institute.  He had a great time talking to colleagues  and students from the institute working in the areas of novel graphene-based materials, energy storage, and related applications.

It was a real pleasure to visit, with, further opportunities to catch up with colleagues from Bristol, as  prof Fabrizio Scarpa (from Engineering) was also visiting at the same time!

Wonderful to visit old friends – in a beautiful place!

Poster prize!

A School of Chemistry event was held to showcase the research from all early career researchers (M.Res., PhD and postdocs), with talks, a wine reception and posters!

Great news is that Veronica from our group won the poster prize! Congratulations Veronica! Here some photos of some other group members at their posters! Well done to all on a great effort, and thanks to Tom Oliver, Carmen Galan and Simon Hall for organising this event!

 

Visiting Xiaoyu Li at BIT

Charl had the pleasure to visit Xiaoyu, collaborator and co-author on our Nature Communications paper last year, at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

It was a great opportunity to catch up with Xiaoyu, listen to some talks from his students, and finally for Charl to give a research seminar as well. Hopefully there will be many such future interactions, and continued collaboration!