Dr Ben Baker, PDRA in the Faul Research Group working on the multidisciplinary emPOWER project (creating artificial implantable muscles) has recently attended the Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting in Honolulu. Ben was awarded a $500 prize for the best oral presentation in the SF13 (Novel Actuators) session. Well done, Ben!
Congratulations to Ulia for securing the Dalton Transaction award for her poster at the 5th annual UK Porous Materials Interest Group’s conference in Glasgow.
A real joy to welcome three new, talented additions to the Faul Group; each undertaking the fourth year of their integrated MSci chemistry degrees at Bristol.
A review by Luke, co-supervised PhD student from the Tabor group (and visitor before the pandemic!), on azobenzene isomerisation in condensed matter has just appeared in the latest issues of Materials Advances.
Azobenzene-based materials have found applications in a wide variety of systems as a convenient method to induce photo-responsive behaviour through facile trans (E) to cis (Z) isomerization. Of particular interest are condensed matter systems; however, isomerization of azobenzene faces unique challenges in condensed systems when compared with dilute states This review explored the challenges experienced in condensed matter phases, and proposes solutions for future development of light-responsive soft-matter systems.
Well done Luke!
We were very fortunate to be able to celebrate two vivas recently – one by our very own Christian, and the second by our close collaborator and honorary group member from Beijing, Kamran!
Wonderful achievement – many congratulations to both!!
The work, led by Bob Schroeder, and first author Zilu Liu, describes how the thermoelectric properties of coordination polymers can be controlled by ligand design. The synthesis of three different organic ligands and their incorporation into organometallic coordination polymers with distinct thermoelectric properties is presented. Notably, it was demonstrated, for the first time, that the n- or p-type thermoelectric character of the OMCP materials can be tuned via organic ligand modifications.
Well done to all involved!
Charl is attending the International Supramolecular System Symposium (ISSS 2015) in Changchun, China, organised by Prof Lee from the Key State Laboratory for Supramolecular Structure and Materials at Jilin University.
A very exciting symposium with two days of top international plenary speakers only! Bristol was well represented, with Ian Manners giving a spectacular talk …
and Charl chairing the first session!
Not only did James’ paper (with contributions from Ben in the FRG) appear in print, his artwork was accepted as a frontispiece for the latest edition of Small.