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.