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Artificial leaf array recognised in solar fuel competition - Thu, 01/12/2022 - 14:53

The Cambridge team and their artificial leaf array

Dec 1 2022

A team of University of Cambridge researchers have reached the final of the EU "Fuel from the Sun" competition with their artificial leaf array which converts sunlight to solar fuel.

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Register now for Vignolini alumni webinar - Thu, 01/12/2022 - 09:56

Invitation to webinar

Dec 1 2022

Register now to find out how Professor Sivlia Vignolini and her group are making everything from biodegradable glitter to edible, iridescent hydrogels at our webinar on 14 December at 6pm GMT.

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Vignolini awarded prestigious Emerging Technology Chair - Thu, 01/12/2022 - 09:18

Professor Silvia Vignolini, courtesy @ChemistryPhotography

Dec 1 2022

Professor of Chemistry and Bio-materials Silvia Vignolini has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies worth £2.5 million.

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Prize recognises students’ research - Wed, 23/11/2022 - 08:55

The prize winners take the stage at the Symposium, courtesy Philip Murray

Nov 23 2022

Two postgraduates in the Gaunt group were recognised for their outstanding research posters at the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Science Symposium in November.

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Students awarded prestigious AI research grant - Wed, 16/11/2022 - 16:59

From left: Matt Greenig, Srijit Seal, Elsa Lawrence, Adham El-Shazly and Chaitanya K Joshi

Nov 16 2022

Two students from our Department, with colleagues in Computer Science, Philosophy and Pharmacology, have been awarded a grant to investigate the application of artificial intelligence in biological discovery.

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Fully funded PhD studentship available for October 2023 - Mon, 14/11/2022 - 15:57

14 November 2022

An EPSRC Industrial CASE award in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and Rolls Royce plc is available to support a PhD developing new methods for studying the local atomic structure in the FeCo alloys needed for electric aircraft.  The project will be supervised by Professor Howard...

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Sparxell's sustainable pigments win 1st prize - Mon, 14/11/2022 - 10:51

Some of Sparxell's vivid pigments, courtesy Chemistry Photography

Nov 14 2022

Chemistry spin-out Sparxell has been awarded first prize at the Chris Abell Business Plan competition.

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We are searching for our next Unilever Professor - Wed, 02/11/2022 - 14:24

Searching to fill the role of Robert Glen, who retired in 2020, courtesy Chemistry

Nov 2 2022

Help us attract as diverse a field as possible for the Unilever Professorship of Molecular Sciences Informatics.

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A new graphic novel brings story of Scott’s expedition to the South Pole to life - Fri, 28/10/2022 - 12:30
To celebrate the centennial year of the publication of The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, an account of Scott's infamous expedition to the South Pole, SPRI Institute Associate and former Disney animator Sarah Airriess has transformed Cherry's tome into a soon-to-be published graphic novel. Retelling the story through cinematic visuals, the novel keeps as true as possible to the original account while bringing out the emotional core of Cherry's tale, and open up a classic book to new audiences. The first volume of The Worst Journey in the World: The Graphic Novel, will be published by independent publisher, Indie Novella, and will be available to buy online and via selected distributors from 24th November 2022. The book is made in collaboration with the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, using our archives to inform the narrative, and the collection of the Polar Museum to inform the drawings.
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Professor Julian Dowdeswell reappointed as a Royal Museums Greenwich Trustee - Thu, 27/10/2022 - 08:01
Professor Julian Dowdeswell has been reappointed as a Royal Museums Greenwich Trustee, for a four-year term commencing 3 September 2022 until 2 September 2026. Julian has been Professor of Physical Geography in Cambridge University since 2002. He has just retired from almost 20 years as Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. He is a glaciologist, studying the form and flow of glaciers and ice caps and their response to climate change, and the links between former ice sheets and the marine geological record. Julian has worked, on the ice and from aircraft, in Antarctica and many parts of the Arctic. He has also undertaken many periods of work on icebreaking research vessels in the Southern Ocean and the Arctic.
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New approach to ‘cosmic magnet’ manufacturing could reduce reliance on rare earths in low-carbon technologies - Wed, 26/10/2022 - 13:24

26 October 2022

Professor Lindsay Greer's research team have discovered a potential new method for making the high-performance magnets used in wind turbines and electric cars without the need for rare earth elements, which are almost exclusively sourced in China.  His team, working with colleagues from Austria...

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10 Million Euros for Nanoscale Water Research - Mon, 24/10/2022 - 12:19

1968 Professor of Chemistry Angelos Michalides, courtesy Chemistry Photography

Oct 24 2022

An international team jointly led by 1968 Professor of Chemistry Angelos Michaelides has received a €10 million grant to better understand water that’s confined to nanometre dimensions.

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Dr Maan Barua wins a 2022 Philip Leverhulme Prize - Fri, 21/10/2022 - 09:30
Congratulations to Dr Maan Barua who is one of five geography recipients in the UK of a 2022 Philip Leverhulme Prize. These Prizes offer the winners £100,000 of research funds over a 3-year period and Maan's research will further his exploration of the relationships between critical political economy and posthumanism.
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Power Cuts spark passion for clean energy revolution - Thu, 20/10/2022 - 12:44

Sandile Mtetwa, courtesy @University of Cambridge

Oct 20 2022

Final year PhD student, Sandile Mtetwa, experienced a lot of power cuts during her undergraduate years at the University of Zimbabwe, which got her thinking about energy and sustainability.

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Frenkel recognised for influential research - Thu, 20/10/2022 - 09:46
Oct 24 2022

Emeritus Professor Daan Frenkel has been awarded the 2022 Institute of Physics Sam Edwards Medal and Prize.

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Postgraduate Virtual Open Days - 31 Oct to 13 Nov 2022 - Mon, 17/10/2022 - 14:09

17 October 2022

You are invited to the Postgraduate Virtual Open Days at the University of Cambridge - 31 October to 13 November 2022!

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Days are an opportunity to find out more about our wide-ranging postgraduate community, engage with departments, and to chat to staff and...

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Rebellious lithium ions must fall in line for next-generation batteries to perform - Mon, 17/10/2022 - 13:10

Alice Merryweather using a fume cupboard, Gabriella Bocchetti ©University of Cambridge

Oct 17 2022

Watching how lithium ions move inside a promising new battery material in real-time is an essential step to increasing battery performance and capacity.

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Retirement of Professor Ash Amin - Thu, 13/10/2022 - 00:00
To mark Professor Ash Amin's retirement* (*an event which was quickly renamed a 'renaissance' given his ongoing commitments and engagements), the Department of Geography recently hosted a discussion on space, place, and biopolitics. We celebrated Professor Amin's great contribution to economic and urban geography, to critical theory, and to a politics of hope and justice. We were very fortunate to hear four thoughtful and moving contributions from scholars supervised and influenced by Professor Amin: Maria Hagan, Michele Lancione, Lisa Richaud, and Tatiana Thieme (pictured above with Professor Amin). Professor Amin also went on to discuss his career and interests in a wide-ranging conversation with Maan Barua and Philip Howell. The Department wishes Ash and Lynn all the best for the future.
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PhD student tours India for AI outreach - Wed, 12/10/2022 - 11:52

Srijit Seal at the Institute for Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology.

Oct 12 2022

PhD student Srijit Seal has recently completed a month-long outreach trip to India, where he presented his work on artificial Intelligence in drug discovery to a number of universities and research institutes.

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