Staff and students from Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) head to China
24 September 2015
This autumn eight BCFN students and three academics travelled to China to attend ChinaNano 2015 and to enhance and further cement relationships between the University of Bristol and two leading Chinese universities.
The first event involved a one-day symposium at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Academics from both universities gave overviews of their research before launching into an exciting programme where the eight Bristol students and eight Tsinghua students presented both talks and posters on their research work. It was a small event designed to encourage networking and communication between the two universities, and the day ended with a dinner where everyone could freely discuss their work as well as the learn more about each other’s cultures.
The BCFN students and staff then attended the three-day ChinaNano 2015 conference. This was attended by thousands of students and academics from around the world and covered all aspects of nanoscience, with both academic and industrial relevance. All three Bristol academics, along with Oliver Gould, a final year PhD student, gave talks, whilst the other 7 students all presented posters at two poster sessions. Of these, Jason Potticary and Piotr Wolanin both won ChinaNano best poster awards from a selection of hundreds of posters present.
Although a very busy ten days, all staff and students benefitted immensely from the experience, and enjoyed the fantastic hospitality displayed by students and staff at both universities. As the ties between these universities strengthens, the frequency of these events will undoubtedly increase. Open invitations have been extended to both universities to come to the UK and share their work at the University of Bristol.
The BCFN is based in the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information at the University of Bristol, which is a flagship enterprise for inter- and multi-disciplinary research, with world-class facilities for Nanoscience research. The field of Functional Nanomaterials crosses the traditional disciplines of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering and includes wider research areas such as Biology, Biochemistry and Oral & Dental Science.