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!
Fantastic effort by members of the FRG who helped, with other volunteers, to prepare 225 meals for new international students at BISC last week – a new record! What a wonderful way to help to make those who are new to the UK, and to Bristol, feel welcome!
Well done to all who helped throughout the busy evening!
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!
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!
Charl is spending some time at Tsinghua University, Beijing, hosted by collaborator Prof Xi Zhang and his group. This opportunity provides some space and time to think, write proposals and papers, chatting to the rest of the group in Bristol using wechat (or Skype), and interacting with Xi’s students!
Charl and Xiaoyu (former BCFN MSc student who worked in the FRG) met up in Beijing at the recent Alumni meeting. This was the second time they met up (Xiaoyu also came to visit Charl at Tsinghua).
Xiaoyu is doing well, working for a battery R&D company, whilst also exploring further opportunities. In addition to these more formal meeting, Charl, Xiaoyu, Jennifer and other friends from BISC met up for dinner! Great to catch up!
Yuanlei and Charl met up at the UoB’s China graduation ceremony, held, for the first time, in Shanghai! It was great to catch up with Yuanlei, who helped at the ceremony as volunteer. Yuanlei was also responsible for a for a great video of the event, which will be made public very soon!
It was a fantastic afternoon and a great privilege to share in the day with many UoB graduates and their families!
Well done and congratulations to those we graduated!