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Professor Charl FJ Faul

Professor Charl FJ Faul

Professor Charl FJ Faul
BSc, BSc, MSc, PhD(Stellenbosch)

Professor of Materials Chemistry

Area of research

Electroactive functional nanomaterials and ionic self-assembly; Director of Graduate Recruitment

Office W624
Cantock's Close,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 954 6321

Summary

I lead a multi-disciplinary materials chemistry research group, exploring the design principles and applications of novel functional materials. There is a strong focus on the design, synthesis and application of electroactive aniline-based oligomers and related porous conjugated materials for gas capture and wider energy related applications.

There is also a continued and active interest in ionic self-assembly and the production of functional hierarchical supramolecular materials (in collaboration with Ian Manners).

Areas of activity are:

  • Investigations into the design, synthesis and applications of electroactive oligo(aniline)-based (semi)conducting materials [Recent related papers - Adv. Opt. Mater. 2017, Chem. Eur. J. 2016, PCCP 2016, JACS 2015, Small 2015, Small 2015]
  • Preparation of porous conjugated materials for CO2 and iodine capture [Chem. Mater. 2017, Macromolecules 2016, Macromolecules 2015, Macrom. Rapid Commun. 2014, Chem. Commun. 2014]
  • Design, preparation and characterisation of hierarchical functional supramolecular materials [Nat. Commun. 2017, JACS 2017, Langmuir 2016, Chem. Eur. J. 2015, Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, JACS 2013, Adv. Mater. 2012]

 I am furthermore co-PI and member of the Management Team of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN), a £12M EPSRC-sponsored centre for doctoral training (CDT).

Biography

 

Charl F. J. Faul received his PhD in 2000 from
the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. After working for a year as postdoctoral researcher with Markus Antonietti at the Max-
Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam, Germany), he led an independent research group exploring the principles of ionic
self-assembly (ISA) until 2004 at the same institute. He then moved to the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, where he is currently
a Senior Lecturer in Materials Chemistry. Research efforts are focussed on the production of complex functional hierarchical materials
based on ionic self-assembly, guanine biomotifs and oligo(aniline)s with tunable optoelectronic properties

Charl F. J. Faul received his PhD in 2000 from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. After working for a year as postdoctoral researcher with Markus Antonietti at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam, Germany), he led an independent research group exploring the principles of ionic self-assembly (ISA) until 2004 at the same institute.

He then moved to the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Materials Chemistry. Research efforts are focussed on the production of complex functional hierarchical materialsbased on ionic self-assembly, guanine biomotifs and oligo(aniline)s with tunable optoelectronic properties.

Charl has held a visiting professorship in the Molecular Materials group at the Molecular Materials Group, Helsinki University of Technology, hosted by Prof. Dr. Olli Ikkala (2006 – 2010). He then held a prestigious visiting professorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (hosted by Prof. Zhixiang Wei, National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, China) in 2012. He was furthermore invited by Prof Xi Zhang (Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China) as visiting international lecturer in 2011 and 2012, and visits Tsinghua on a regular basis. Charl recently (October 2013) was appointed as adjunct professor at the Department of Chemistry at Tsinghua University. This is a 3-year appointment, which has been extended for an additional 3 years until 2019. He is co-PI and member of the management committee of the £12M EPSRC-funded Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials.

He is also responsible for all graduate recruitment in the School of Chemistry in his role as Director of Graduate Recruitment (since August 2013).

Keywords

  • oligo(aniline)s
  • ionic self-assembly
  • liquid-crystalline materials
  • functional nanostructured materials
  • novel non-covalent liquid crystals
  • electroactive materials

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