Poster prize for Helen Tunstall-Garcia at MC15

Congratulations to members of the group who participated in the RSC’s Materials Chemistry conference, which was unfortunately held online instead of Dublin due to the C-19 pandemic.

Nell-Tunstall Garcia, Abi Collins and Bethan Charles all presented posters on their research. Huge congratulations to Nell who won a poster prize in the Materials for Energy session (see snap below) at her very first conference!

Well done to Kieran who delivered another excellent presentation with slides that are the envy of all audience members!

Congratulations to Kieran Richards for his talk tour!

Congratulations to Kieran for giving a series of well-received talks throughout June and July, including:

  • IOP – Designed Assembly of Colloids at Interfaces (14th – 6th June)
  • University of Cambridge (MSM) – Armourer and Brasiers Forum (23rd June)
  • RSC – 15th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (12th – 15th July)

The talks covered his work on the design of light-responsive Pickering emulsions and were given to a range of audiences including industry professionals, peers in the same academic field, and specialists in the area of colloidal science.

New paper in Macromolecules!

Congratulations to Abi Collins, Michael Bennison, Bolong Zhang and Rachel Evans whose paper has been published in Macromolecules. The perspective is entitled “Organic Polymer Hosts for Triplet–Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Systems”.

The impressive artwork for the perspective featured on the front cover of the issue was made by our own Kieran Richards.

In this perspective the authors discuss the use of organic polymer hosts for triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion for solar energy and many other applications. They explore the choice of host system (which often compromises contradicting factors such as high molecular mobility, low oxygen diffusion, and high material stability) and suggest future research directions (including homopolymer blends and copolymers, organic-inorganic hybrid hosts and controlling chromophore positioning).

This work was supported by the European Research Council.


Organic Polymer Hosts for Triplet–Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Systems, Michael J. Bennison, Abigail R. Collins, Bolong Zhang, and Rachel C. Evans, Macromolecules, 2021, 54, 12, 5287–5303.
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.1c00133

New article published in Advanced Photonics Research

Congratulations to Helen Tunstall-Garcia whose first paper co-authored with Bethan Charles and Rachel Evans has been published in Advanced Photonics Research. Their review is entitled “The Role of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes in Optical Applications”.

In this review the authors examine the use of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) for photonic applications, such as sensing, bioimaging, and optoelectronic devices. They describe the benefits of POSS (including acting as a passivating agent and preventing lumophore aggregation) and explore potential areas for future development (including in LEDs and as templating molecules for upconversion applications).

The Role of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes in Optical Applications, Helen Tunstall-Garcia, Bethan L. Charles, Rachel C. Evans, Advanced Photonics Research 2021, https://doi.org/10.1002/adpr.202000196