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Discover Cambridge: Master's and PhD study - Thu, 15/02/2024 - 16:07

15 February 2024

If you are considering applying for a postgraduate course at Cambridge, join the University's next online event for support to help you navigate the application process and make a strong application.

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Three-year project culminates in new molecules for targeted imaging and drug delivery - Wed, 14/02/2024 - 15:29

Gonçalo Bernardes, courtesy Nathan Pitt, ©University of Cambridge

Feb 14 2024

As part of NOVA-MRI (Novel Applications in 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging), scientists have designed new molecules that identify particular cells accurately, for example, identifying cancer cells instead of healthy cells.

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New study provides framework for optimising the design of antibody therapeutics - Wed, 14/02/2024 - 10:42
Feb 14 2024

This breakthrough provides a basis for designing therapeutic antibodies, which could be used in new and improved therapies for cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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Introducing our new group leaders - Wed, 07/02/2024 - 16:18

Department taken by Gabriella Bocchetti, ©University of Cambridge

Feb 7 2024

Join us in welcoming the five new group leaders in the department. Find out who they are, their research and their plans for their groups.

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New biomarker for Parkinson’s disease - Thu, 01/02/2024 - 11:41

David Klenerman taken by Michael Webb ©University of Cambridge

Feb 13 2024

Researchers in the Klenerman group have developed a new biomarker for Parkinson’s disease that paves the way to an early-diagnosis blood test and more effective treatment.

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Stable peptides for medical breakthroughs - Thu, 01/02/2024 - 11:15

Sona Krajkovicova for Chem@Cam taken by Nathan Pitt ©University of Cambridge

Feb 6 2024

Sona Krajcovicova, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Spring group, works on stabilising peptides for safe and stable drug delivery.

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As easy as counting to ten – a new rule for catalysts’ design - Mon, 22/01/2024 - 16:18

Dehydrogenation of propane (black) on a single-atom alloy (purple) which is diluted in an inert metal (red) made by Michail Stamatakis from Julia Schermanns figures courtesey University of Cambridge.

Jan 23 2024

The ‘ten electron’ rule provides guidance for the design of single-atom alloy catalysts for targeted chemical reactions.

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Crossword Winter 2023 solutions and winner - Mon, 22/01/2024 - 10:50

University of Cambridge travel mugs courtesy Caroline Reid ©University of Cambridge

Jan 29 2024

Try your hand at our chemistry cryptic crossword, check your answers, and congratulations to Evert Ditzel who won the prize draw.

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National Inventors Hall of Fame honours DNA sequencing pioneers - Thu, 18/01/2024 - 14:38
Jan 18 2024

Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Professor Sir David Klenerman were honoured in the 2024 class of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees.

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Atmospheric science awarded grant to advance climate models - Thu, 18/01/2024 - 10:32

Luke Abraham taken by Michael Webb ©University of Cambridge

Jan 18 2024

A climate science project, led by Dr Luke Abraham, has been awarded a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant.

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Lambda Agri wins a Santander X start up award - Thu, 11/01/2024 - 12:25

Lambda Agri with Tinie Tempah, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Monica Saavedra and Mike Regnier

Jan 15 2024

A crop yield improvement technology company, embedded in Professor Dominic Wright’s research group, has been awarded a Santander X prize.

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Field trip unfolds DNA mysteries - Thu, 11/01/2024 - 12:19

Chromatin Consortium courtesy of the Marine Biological Laboratory at the University of Chicago.

Jan 11 2024

Members of the Collepardo lab took part in a month-long ’Chromatin Consortium’ to help unfold the mysteries of the material that makes up our chromosomes.

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Dr Di Martino receives award from Imperial College London - Fri, 05/01/2024 - 14:48

05 January 2024

Dr Giuliana di Martino has been awarded one of Imperial College London's 2024 Alumni Awards in the Emerging Alumni Leader category.  Now in their fifth year, the Alumni Awards recognise exceptional professional and academic achievements in three categories and present an opportunity for Imperial...

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New discovery contradicts textbook models - Thu, 21/12/2023 - 15:07

Graphic representation of the liquid/air interface in a sodium chloride solution, courtesy Yair Litman

Jan 15 2024

Textbook models will need to be re-drawn after a team of researchers found that water molecules at the surface of salt water are organised differently than previously thought.

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Professor Nick Jones awarded the IoM3 Harvey Flower Titanium Prize - Tue, 19/12/2023 - 13:27

19 December 2023

Congratulations to Prof. Nick Jones, who was recently awarded the Harvey Flower Titanium Prize at the IoM3’s award dinner in London.  The Harvey Flower Titanium Prize is an international award presented to those who have made a substantial scientific or technological contribution to the...

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Herchel Smith Fellowship extended application deadline - Mon, 18/12/2023 - 12:02

Herchel Smith Fellow in the Gaunt Group Dr Alexander Fawcett (middle row, far right) is now a Senior Scientist at a local pharma company.

Dec 18 2023

We have extended the application deadline for a three-year Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Organic or Biological Chemistry to 31 December 2023.

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Nano insights: exploring the quantum forces between water and carbon - Thu, 14/12/2023 - 15:54

Stephen Cox and Anna Bui in the botanical gardens

Feb 1 2024

It has been one year since Dr Stephen Cox became a Royal Society University Research Fellow. Since then, he and his growing team have been busy figuring out the fundamentals of friction between individual atoms.

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Academics share their research - Mon, 11/12/2023 - 17:25

Professor Angelos Michaelides, courtesy Chemistry Photography

Dec 11 2023

1968 Professor of Theoretical Chemistry Angelos Michaelides FRS has given the first talk in a lecture series which will give academics the opportunity to share their research with other department members.

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Dr Di Martino elected a Fellow of the IoM3 - Mon, 11/12/2023 - 14:23

11 December 2023

We are delighted to share the news that Dr Giuliana Di Martino, Associate Professor in the Device Materials Group, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM).  Congratulations on this recognition!

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Department entrepreneurs garner recognition - Mon, 11/12/2023 - 10:03

Finalists in the competition, Mark Carrington (left) and Dr Kamil Sokowlowski (right) at the awards ceremony, courtesy Cambridge Enterprise

Dec 11 2023

Two members of our department made it to the finals of the Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan competition in November.

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