A paper, with authors from the Manners and Faul group, just appeared in Macromolecules. Liam, who is a joint PhD student between the two groups, contributed to the paper where the formation of uniform block copolymer fiberlike micelles of controlled length with a crystalline polyselenophene core was explored. Careful control of preparation conditions, especially choice of solvent for the self-assembly, led to the formation of very long fiberlike micelles (of up to 900 nm).
See the paper here for further details. Well done to Emily, Ali and Liam!
A paper, with Yaozu (and his team at Donghua), Arne Thomas (in Berlin) and Charl on nitrogen-rich conjugated microporous polymers has now appeared in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
In this paper we explore the use of nitrogen-rich conjugated microporous polymers (prepared using an oxidative cross-linking approach) in a variety of applications, including carbon dioxide uptake (with high selectivity over nitrogen) and energy storage.
Dicker’s paper on light-triggered soft artificial muscles just appeared online at Scientific Reports!
This collaborative effort, driven by Dicker, included input from chemistry, robotics and aerospace and composite engineering! See the open access full paper here!
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.
Charl contributed to an invited feature article on supramolecular polymers with Prof Xi Zhang and his group members. The article was just accepted for publication Macromolecular Rapid Communications – more details to follow soon.
Alex, Kazu and Charl contributed a chapter to an RSC book on supramolecular amphiphiles, edited by our collaborator and colleague, Prof Xi Zhang from the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. The book, with a chapter from Bristol focusing on the use of electrostatic interactions for the formation of supra-amphiphiles, has just been published!
Great to have had the chance to contribute to this exciting book in the RSC’s Monographs in Supramolecular Chemistry series!
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!