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Research interests

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 polymers and materials (in collaboration with Ian Manners).

Research activity:

  • Investigations into the design, synthesis and applications of electroactive oligo(aniline)-based (semi)conducting materials [Mol. Sys. Des. Eng. 2019, Chem. Sci. 2018, ChemNanoMat 2018, 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 [Angew. Chem. 2019, Chem. Mater. 2017, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, Macromolecules 2016, Macromolecules 2015, Macrom. Rapid Commun. 2014, Chem. Commun. 2014]
  • Design, preparation and characterisation of hierarchical functional supramolecular materials [Chem. Soc. Rev. 2019, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, Macrom. 2018, Nat. Commun. 2017, JACS 2017, Langmuir 2016, Chem. Eur. J. 2015, Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, JACS 2013, Adv. Mater. 2012]

Local and International Activities:

I am Head of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry at the School of Chemistry (since August 2018), and co-PI and member of the Operational Management Team of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN), a £12M EPSRC-sponsored centre for doctoral training (CDT).

I hold an adjunct professorship at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China, since 2013), and have held visiting professorships at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University, 2005 - 2010), Chinese Academy of Sciences' National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology (2012), and the University of Rennes1 (2018). I am a member of the International Advisory Board for the State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers & Polymer Materials' 111 International Interaction Programme at Donghua University, Shanghai, China.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research

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Research Output

Uniform electroactive fiber-like micelle nanowires for organic electronics

Li, X., Wolanin, P., MacFarlane, L., Harniman, R., Qian, J., Gould, O., Dane, T. G., Rudin, J., Cryan, M., Schmaltz, T., Frauenrath, H., Winnik, M., Faul, C. FJ. & Manners, I., 26 Jun 2017, In : Nature Communications. 8, 8 p., 15909.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • 57 Citations (Scopus)
    406 Downloads (Pure)

    Towards direct laser writing of actively tuneable three-dimensional photonic crystals

    Hu, Y., Miles, B., Ho, D., Taverne, M., Chen, L., Gersen, H., Rarity, J. & Faul, C. FJ., 2 Feb 2017, In : Advanced Optical Materials. 5, 3, 5 p., 1600458.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
    358 Downloads (Pure)

    Ionic self-assembly for functional hierarchical nanostructured materials

    Faul, C. F. J., 1 Jan 2014, In : Accounts of Chemical Research. 47, 12, p. 3428-3438 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 154 Citations (Scopus)


    • 2 Hosting an academic visitor
    • 2 - Research and Teaching at External Organisation
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Sanjib Patra

    Charl F J Faul (Host), , Ian Manners (Host), , Natalie Fey (Host), & Simon Burbidge (Host)

    23 Jul 201930 Jul 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Samuel Chigome

    Charl F J Faul (Host), & Justice Archer (Host)

    20 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    BGER: Spanning the globe – designer anisotropic nanostructures for energy storage applications (China)

    Charl F J Faul (Contributor)

    1 Jun 201231 Mar 2013

    Activity: Other activity types - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

    Supervised Work

    Additive Manufacturing of Soft, Functional Structures for Next-Generation Soft Robotics

    Author: Kuhnel, D. T., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Faul, C. F. (Supervisor), Rossiter, J. (Supervisor) & Richards, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Advances in Living Crystallisation-Driven Self-Assembly : Towards Biological Applications of Uniform 1D and 2D Polymer-Based Micelles with Controlled Dimensions

    Author: He, H., 7 May 2019

    Supervisor: Faul, C. F. (Supervisor) & Manners, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Synthesis and Modification of Polyphosphinoboranes and Polyborosiloxanes

    Author: Knights, A. W., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Manners, I. (Supervisor) & Faul, C. F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)