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.
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.
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!
Charl spent the morning at St Katherine’s, a local school close to Bristol, talking about chemistry, science and careers in science. It was a great opportunity to interact with and talk to a range of students (from Year 8 through to Year 12)!