July has been a busy month, with conferences and workshops around the world. First off was Nanotexnology in Thessaloniki, Greece, where I presented some recent work on ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy. Next was a trip to Changchun, China for an international trilateral meeting between Hong Kong Baptist University, the Centre for Plastic Electronics and the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry. Also visited some laboratories (including a State Key Laboratory). Finished the trip with a few days in Shanghai. Next up was the Gordon Conference on Solid State Chemistry, held at Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire, USA. I presented a poster here on iridium oxide, and thoroughly enjoyed the stimulating discussions – photo is me with Brent Melot, Christina Birkel and Gregor Kieslich. The last conference of the month was in Barcelona, Spain and was the Gordon Conference on Green Chemistry. I gave a talk at this conference on the problems and opportunities of recycling lead-acid batteries (a RELAB-based talk).