Veronica was formally welcomed to the University of Bristol, with all other new PhD students from across all faculties, by Prof Hugh Brady, President and Vice-Chancellor.All new PhD students received a Bristol scarf as part of this event in the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building – as can be seen on the photo taken at the event!
In this paper we explore the use of nitrogen-rich conjugated microporous polymers (prepared using an oxidative cross-linking approach) in a variety of applications, including carbon dioxide uptake (with high selectivity over nitrogen) and energy storage.
We have had a influx of a large number of new group members – 4 new undergraduate project students, 2 BCFN short-term students Andrea and Marco, as well as Veronica from Mexico as a new PhD student in the group! Welcome to everyone!
We had the pleasure of hosting a number of visiting academics from other universities at the School of Chemistry, including Professor Andy Weller (Oxford) and Dr Mike Inkpen (Columbia/Rennes). As usual we had a mini symposium, which provided an afternoon of exciting science. Djen spoke as well, and gave a great talk on some of his recent results on dielectric actuators!
The group helped, as usual, to make new international students feel welcome and at home in Bristol – by cooking an evening meal for them at BISC (Bristol International Student Centre)! This year we enjoyed using the new extension at BISC, and served 160 meals (choice of 5 mains, and two puddings, with salad, of course) with great ease!
Welcome to Jie (also known as Jay!), who has just joined the FRG as a one-year China Scholarship Council (CSC)-sponsored visitor. Jie is from the Xi’an Jiaotong University, from the same group that Wei, and Jiangtao before her, came as visitors. It is great to continue to develop links between these groups!
Christian, a BCFN PhD student in the group (jointly supervised by Jonathan Rossiter from the the robotics CDT, FARSCOPE, and Charl), won a poster prize at the recent INASCON’17 conference, held here in Bristol. This international nanoscience conference is organised by students, for students! Christian was one of four prize winners – well done Christian!
Here Christian is explaining his poster to Dr Ian Lindsay from the BCFN!