Prof Hiroshi Kitagawa (Department of Chemistry, Kyoto University) spent two days with the Faul Research Group. It was a pleasure to have a world-leading scientist interacting with many in the group (and enjoying some of the group’s local activities!).
Prof Kitagawa gave a fantastic talk on his “Conductive Coordination Networks“, showcasing some of the very detailed studies on his various porous metal-containing MOF architectures. Very impressive!
The FRG had the pleasure of hosting Prof. Kazuo Akagi from Kyoto University today. After a beautiful talk about helical poly(acetylene)s, and polymerisations in anisotropic media, the whole group interacted with Prof. Akagi over posters, coffee and pastries!
Kazu then had the chance to catch up with his former PhD supervisor!
Charl is currently in Japan, visiting Prof Kazuo Akagi (in Kyoto, and former PhD supervisor of Kazu in the FRG) to discuss future Bristol-Kyoto interactions. The visit so far has been very productive, including meeting Dr Reiko Oda (from Bordeaux), who gave a fascinating talk on chirality in amphiphilic systems.
The day of interactions was celebrated … with Japanese green-tea-containing beer, whilst learning about the famous Kyoto Gion Festival.
Charl will still be visiting Prof Fumio Sanda (Kansai University) and Prof Tsuyoshi Kawai (Nara Institute of Science and Technology) before returning the Bristol at the end of the week.