GWPore: Porous materials for energy, healthcare and the environment
GWPore is a newly established regional network of researchers interested in all aspects of porous materials, across all four GW4 universities (University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University & University of Exeter). Our aim is to achieve globally significant outcomes with academic, commercial, and societal benefits. We produce high quality grant proposals, facilitate collaborations, offer mentoring for ECRs, and share equipment as well as access to specialist facilities between groups.



The GWPore Network are pleased to invite you to a Network Christmas Catch Up meeting. Following on from the successful workshops and meetings a year ago we'd like to invite you to join this online conference to discuss your science, catch up with colleagues across the network, talk about future opportunities and connect with the community.

Date: Thursday 9th December 2021
Time: 10am - 2pm with an evening social in GatherTown (exact timings will be confirmed shortly)
Location: online

The meeting will take place on Zoom and is anticipated to be approximately a half day starting at 10 am (UK time), with an evening social event. Short research talks (approx. 15 minutes) and evening poster slots will be available and can be requested on registration.

Please register (click the link) to attend by Wednesday 24th November. More information and a link to the meeting will be sent after registration closes.

If you know any colleagues or collaborators that might be interested in joining, please feel free to distribute this information. Please contact Laura Wisby and Katy Warr (resdev [at] if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you in December!
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GWPore is a GW4 collaboration between the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, Cardiff University & the University of Exeter. This project is led by:

Dr Timothy Easun

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Timothy Easun was appointed as a Cardiff University Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry at Cardiff University in 2015 and very shortly afterwards was awarded the Royal Society URF. His research interests are underpinned by a desire to understand and control the dynamic processes that happen on the nanoscale within metal-organic frameworks. He uses supramolecular photochemistry to interrogate and direct how and where guest molecules move in nanoconfinement. The materials he makes are targeted to applications in water purification. He is also very enthusiastic about public engagement, believing that a love of science should be shared as widely as possible! Prior to starting his own group, Tim completed his PhD with Prof. Mike Ward in Sheffield, then moved to Nottingham to be a PDRA with Prof. Mike George, an Inorganic Teaching Fellow and then a Senior Research Officer with Prof. Martin Schröder.

Dr Sebastien Rochat

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Sébastien was born and raised in Switzerland. He studied chemistry at EPFL and carried out his final MSc project in the laboratory of Nicholas J. Long at Imperial College London in organometallic and supramolecular chemistry- a first taste of UK research! After graduation in 2006 he immediately entered doctoral studies, still at EPFL and obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2010 in the laboratory of Prof. Kay Severin, with a thesis entitled “Metal-based chemosensors for important bioanalytes”. Thanks to two consecutive post-doctoral Fellowships awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation Sébastien then joined the laboratory of Prof. Timothy M. Swager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After three years at MIT, Sébastien relocated to the UK, where he took a R&D position at Procter&Gamble. The call of academic research the strongest, he returned to academia at the University of Bath in 2016 to develop nanoporous composites for hydrogen storage (with Profs Andrew D. Burrows, Chris R. Bowen and Timothy J. Mays), and finally at the University of Bristol where he started his independent scientific career in May 2019.

Dr Asel Sartbaeva

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I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow in Chemistry at the University of Bath. I received my MSc degree at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University in 1999, and MPhil and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge in 2002 and 2005. I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Physics in ASU from 2005 till 2007. In 2007, I was awarded a Samuel and Violet Glasstone Fellowship, and have moved to the Department of Chemistry in Oxford. I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2010, which I took up in January 2011 on returning from the maternity leave. In 2012, I moved to the University of Bath to start my own research group. I now have an active group with multiple PhD and masters students, and 1 post-doctoral researcher working with me on projects related to functional materials. We focus on the synthesis of functional porous materials, encapsulation of nanomaterials, the thermal stability of biological substances and surface chemistry.

Dr Yongde Xia

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Yongde Xia earned his PhD from Fudan University, China. After postdoctoral experiences at Korea Advanced Institute of Science an­d Technology and University of Paris-Sud, France, he worked as a Research Fellow in material chemistry and hydrogen storage group at University of Nottingham. Then he moved to Exeter as a Lecturer and currently he is a Senior Lecturer at University of Exeter. Dr. Xia has produced more tha­n 130 peer-reviewed scientific journal ­papers, with accumulated citations around 6,000 times and an h-index of 43. His main area of expertise is experimental preparation and characterisation of nanostructured porous materials for energy applications.



We will establish a new regional network, GWPore, leveraging the critical mass of researchers with interests in porous materials to produce high quality grant proposals addressing the global challenge areas identified above. Our interests include materials with nano-, meso- and macro-porosity and a diverse array of applications: catalysts for production of commodities; production of clean water; sensors for diagnostics; waste management and recycling; energy production and storage; carbon capture; agricultural food production; antimicrobial surfaces.

We have already held two successful ad-hoc meetings of this nascent group, kindly supported by Bristol and Bath universities. We propose to organise 5 targeted meetings. Three will be thematically focussed, the fourth specifically for grant writing and the fifth will conclude this phase of the network, facilitate ECR engagement, and progress work on maintaining and growing the network into the future.

We are confident that multiple grant proposals will result from these GWPore activities, addressing all of the global challenge areas identified above. The high level of interest and appetite for collaboration is evident and GW4 support will allow us to commit to future network activities.


"GWPore Conference"

2-3rd February, 2021

Agenda (click to download)

2nd of February, 2:00 to 5:00 pm, a social event is planned for the evening and will start at 7:30 pm

3rd of February, 10:00am to 1:00 pm

At the end of the GWPore project phase we invite all of you participating in this exciting new research community to a conference.

At this event we will be discussing your findings, identify future research ideas for the community and strengthen collaborations.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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"GWPore Network: Porous materials for Energy/Materials Applications"

9-10th September, 2020

Agenda (click to download)

10:00am to 12:30pm, via Zoom, BST (GMT +01:00) Online event

Register here (internal only)

"GWPore Network: porous materials for healthcare and the environment"

16-17th September 2020

Agenda (click to download)

10:00am to 12:30pm, via Zoom, BST (GMT +01:00) Online event

Register here (internal only)



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