Paper with collaborators from UCL now published in AFM!

A paper, with contributions from Pan and Charl, with collaborators at UCL (Schroeder group), has now appeared in Advanced Functional Materials!

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!

International Supramolecular System Symposium (ISSS 2015)

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 …

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and Charl chairing the first session!

Visit and talk at MANA, NIMS in Tsukuba

Terry McMaster and Charl visited the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), a prestigious world premier institute and part of the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), in Tsukuba, on Wednesday afternoon.


They were hosted by Prof Masa Aono, director of MANA, during their very brief visit, which included talks and a short laboratory tour. Although very brief, it was a great opportunity to meet with prof Aono and colleagues.

2 Reasons to be cheerful!

There might be many more reasons to be cheerful, but we would like to mention at least two here! Charl has recently taken on more responsibility (in addition to his research activities) within the School of Chemistry. He is now “Director of Graduate Recruitment”, and in charge of all graduate recruitment (home, EU and international, both MRes and PhD) for the School of Chemistry …

On the research front, we heard yesterday that Tom’s recently published paper has now been selected by Soft Matter as one of their “Hot Papers” for August. The paper is featured on the Soft Matter blog, and is available for free download!

Fellowships and joining the Faul Research Group

As we are approaching the grant writing season, I thought it good to highlight upcoming opportunities to join the FRG.  These might not be suitable for all candidates, so please read carefully:

If you have >10 publications and patents, and are not based in the UK, it might be possible to apply for a prestigious EU Marie Curie Fellowship. There are a number of schemes, including International Incoming Fellowships (for researchers based outside the EU) and Intra-European Fellowships (if you have spent at least the last 18 months within the EU, irrespective of your nationality).  Please only contact me if are over the threshold of 10 publications. Internal deadline for submissions of applications is mid August, so please contact me if you think you are eligible.

Networking in China …

Charl is spending his last few days in China networking and meeting colleagues from all over the world (but mostly from Europe!):  at the end of last week he joined the Euraxess Share Event (at the impressive French Embassy in down-town Beijing), and will join the Sino-German symposium (“Frontiers of Functional Supramolecular Systems”) at Tsinghua (Monday and Tuesday this week).


He also attended the UoB’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, the 20th of April, but more on that in a separate post!

Visit and symposium at NIMS, Tsukuba.

We arrived at NIMS in Tsukuba today, after taking the famous Shinkansen from Kyoto.  The Executive Vice-President of NIMS, Dr. Sone, and Prof Aono, Director General of the International Centre for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, MANA, at NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan, were our hosts today.  Prof Aono has also organised a joint NSQI-MANA Symposium for Wednesday, 7th of November.

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