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Photosynthesis 'hack' could lead to new ways of generating renewable energy - Wed, 22/03/2023 - 16:44

image of cells and electrons during photosynthesis

Mar 22 2023

An in-depth study of photosynthesis could lead to new ways of generating clean fuel and renewable energy.

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Alex Rafaniello takes over our Twitter account - Mon, 20/03/2023 - 13:50

Twitter takeover banner. University of Cambridge.

Mar 20 2023

Third year PhD student Alex Rafaniello, a founding member of the Queer in Chemistry Network, took over our Twitter account @ChemCambridge on 16 March 2023.

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Designer antibodies - Wed, 15/03/2023 - 15:21

Dr Pietro Sormanni (left) and Dr Xing Xu in the lab taken by Nathan Pitt, ©University of Cambridge

Mar 15 2023

Bespoke antibodies designed and tested in the lab are a promising tool to speed up drug design.

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Internship Opportunities via The Faraday Institution FUSE scheme - Fri, 10/03/2023 - 13:21

10 March 2023

Studying a STEM degree?  Wondering what career to pursue?  Interested in finding out more about the battery sector?  Keen to spend time with a dynamic community of pioneering battery researchers seeking to find solutions to support a fully electric future? 

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Chemistry Open Day 18 March 2023 - Thu, 09/03/2023 - 11:14

Slime pond at Chemistry Open Day, courtesy @Cambridge Photography

Mar 9 2023

After a three-year absence, the Chemistry Open Day makes a welcome return on Saturday 18 March.

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Where are they now? - Wed, 08/03/2023 - 15:27

Dr Victoria Steadman. Sai Life.

Mar 8 2023

Introducing Dr Victoria Steadman and Dr Teagan Stockdale, two alumni from the Paterson group and where they are today.

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Roscoe Medal for Chemistry awarded to Bea Jones, PhD student - Wed, 08/03/2023 - 15:26

08 March 2023

On International Womens' Day 2023, we are celebrating the news that Bea Jones, a 3rd year PhD student in the Photoactive Materials group in the Department of Materials Science and the B21 beamline at Diamond Light Source, was awarded the Roscoe Medal (Gold prize) for Chemistry at the 2023 STEM...

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Stephanie Smith receives Pilkington Prize - Wed, 08/03/2023 - 10:54

Dr Stephanie Smith, taken by Nathan Pitt ©University of Cambridge

Mar 8 2023

Congratulations to Dr Stephanie Smith who received the Pilkington Prize in recognition of her excellence in teaching.

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Dr Olga Kennard OBE FRS, 1924-2023 - Mon, 06/03/2023 - 09:34

Dr Olga Kennard giving opening remarks at the CCDC's CSD 50th celebration

Mar 6 2023

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Dr Olga Kennard, founder of the Cambridge Structural Database and Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre.

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Black Women in Science Network marks Black History Month - Thu, 23/02/2023 - 14:18

Tomi Akingbade, Black women in science

Feb 23 2023

PhD student Oluwatomi Akingbade founded the Black Women in Science Network when she was an undergraduate at the University of Nottingham in 2018.

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Coffee and chemistry: global women’s breakfast - Wed, 22/02/2023 - 11:45

Global Womens Breakfast Feb 2023 taken by Michael Webb ©University of Cambridge

Feb 22 2023

Postdoctoral researchers hosted poster presentations alongside coffee and pastries to celebrate the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast on 14 February.

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New study finds flow of the Greenland Ice Sheet more complex than thought - Tue, 21/02/2023 - 18:18
Researchers in the Department of Geography and the Scott Polar Research Institute have identified a highly variable layer of 'warm' basal ice to exert strong control on the flow of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The basal ice layer is highly deformable and up to 70 m thick in topographic depressions where its deformation explains 90% of the ice sheet's total motion. To study where the basal ice layer forms and how it evolves, the researchers constructed a 3D model. The results reported in the journal Science Advances could be used to develop more accurate predictions of how the Greenland Ice Sheet will respond to climate change. "Even tiny amounts of liquid water alters the mechanical characteristics of the ice considerably" said first author Dr Robert Law, who completed the work as a PhD student in Cambridge. "The findings challenge the textbook view of how ice sheets move" added supervisor and project leader Professor Poul Christoffersen.
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Conversations on Chemistry: watch Dr Peter Wothers alumni lecture - Wed, 15/02/2023 - 13:23

Dr Peter Wothers presentation 11th Feb 2023 taken by Michael Webb ©University of Cambridge

Feb 15 2023

Dr Peter Wothers gave a fascinating talk on pioneering science writer Jane Marcet at our annual alumni lecture on 11 February,

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New gift for Alzheimer’s disease research - Tue, 14/02/2023 - 14:16

Chemistry of Health opening ceremony, Nathan Pitt, University of Cambridge.

Feb 14 2023

Mr R. Derek Finlay (Emmanuel 1952) has given another £2 million to promote further innovation in the Department’s Centre for Misfolding Diseases (CMD), located in our Chemistry of Health building.

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The women in neuroscience network and its student founder - Thu, 09/02/2023 - 13:54

Elizabeth English representing ISTAART at the the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. ISTAART.

Feb 9 2023

Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ English wanted to connect with other women in neuroscience but couldn’t find quite the right organisation. So she started the Women in Neuroscience Network in the UK.

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New book from Professor Kumar - Wed, 08/02/2023 - 16:30

08 February 2022

As well as being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry at the end of last year, Professor R. Vasant Kumar, Distinguished Research Fellow, completed editing of "Rechargeable Ion Batteries", which was published by Wiley-VCH in December 2022.  This book also includes four chapters co-...

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Chemistry Spin-out creates better sequencing method - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 16:45

Image of DNA courtesy Epigenetix

Feb 6 2023

Researchers at Balasubramanian Group spin-out Cambridge Epigenetix have found a new way to sequence genetic and epigenetic information in the same work flow, which could help detect diseases like cancer.

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European Research Council consolidator grant for organic chemistry - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 15:54

Robert Phipps during graduate open day 2017, Nathan Pitt, ©University of Cambridge

Feb 6 2023

Professor Robert Phipps has been awarded a European Research Council consolidator grant for research into enantioselective radical chemistry.

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Grant awarded to research high performance and long-life fast charging batteries for electric vehicles - Mon, 06/02/2023 - 10:03

Dr Israel Temprano in his lab, Gabriella Bocchetti©University of Cambridge

Feb 6 2023

“We will be working to advance the performance of fast charging, long life batteries for automotive,” explains Dr Israel Temprano, who has received a grant as part of a collaboration to research ultra-fast charging batteries.

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Early career researcher recognised for her antibody research - Thu, 02/02/2023 - 12:22

Courtesy @Chemistry

Feb 2 2023

Bernardes Group researcher Dr Yanira Méndez Gómez has won the Otto Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award.

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