New article in Nature Communications

Charl has contributed to a paper with collaborators from the College of Chemistry, Jilin University (Changchun) and the Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University (Shanghai) exploring the liquid-crystalline behaviour of dumbbell-shaped colloidal particles. If you are interested in the formation of chiral blue phases from such achiral structures, then please read the paper for more details!

New publication in the Journal of Materials Chemistry family

Delighted to share a new publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry C entitled Thionated PDI supramolecular polymers: controlling aggregation mechanisms, morphology and function discussing the effects on self-assembly of heteroatom substitution in supramolecular polymer systems.

These findings are based on work accomplished during Faul group members Henry E. Symons‘ and Maximillian J. L. Hagemann‘s PhD studies. Congratulations to all authors involved.

New accepted manuscript in Chemistry—A European Journal

A new review entitled Design and Control of Perylene Supramolecular Polymers through Imide Substitutions has been accepted in Chemistry—A European Journal. The publication is concerned with perylene-based supramolecular polymers (SMPs) and their exploitable properties achievable via chemical modification of the imide substituents.

Congratulations to all involved with this achievement.

New accepted manuscript in Polymer Chemistry

A new review covering porous polyimides (pPIs) has been accepted in the RSC’s Polymer Chemistry journal entitled Crosslinked Porous Polyimides: Structure, Properties and Applications. The publication covers this class of porous organic polymer (POP) and highlights their high thermal and chemical stability, high surface area, energy storage capabilities and promising future.

Congratulations to Mr Narzary, Dr Baker, Ms Yadav and Profs D’Elia & Faul on this achievement.

Review paper with Kamran and Zhixiang!

A review just appeared in Nano Energy with our collaborators from the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology, Bejing. The review, entitled “Conjugated microporous polymers for energy storage: Recent progress and challenges” covers the very broad and active field of energy storage, specficially highlighting challenges and opportunities.

Congrats to Kamran and all others involved in another paper in this growing collaboration!

Dr Symons!

Henry very succesfully defended his thesis last week – with Prof Dwight Seferos (Univ of Toronto) as the external examiner, Dr Pierangelo Gobbo as internal, and Prof Simon Hall as independent chair!

Not quite the same as an in-person celebration afterwards, but we could celebrate on Zoom, and made sure that Henry was made aware of his own personal bottle of bubbly for celebrations!

Well done Henry!

Another joint paper with the Manners group!

Another joint paper with our long-standing collaborators, the Manners Group (now at the University of Victoria). Charlie (lead author) and Liam (another former joint student) contributed to a paper on the surface patterning of uniform 2D platelet block co-micelles – published in ACS Macro Letters! We show the formation of rectangular platelets containing two block copolymers with different coronal chemistries. On addition of a solvent that is only able to solvate the corona of one block,  colloidally stable micelles with patterned surfaces via coronal collapse are formed.

Well done to all involved in this productive and long-standing collaboration!