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ChemSoc recruits outstanding speaker line-up

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ChemSoc recruits outstanding speaker line-up

The ChemSoc Committee courtesy Department of Chemistry photography Thursday, November 11, 2021 The University Chemical Society, better known as ChemSoc, started Michaelmas term with a figurative bang by recruiting a Nobel laureate to speak. Nobel prize winner M. Stanley Whittingham, who is known for his role in the development of lithium-ion batteries, spoke at the…

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Climate scientist recognised for outstanding research

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Climate scientist recognised for outstanding research

Dr Anja Schmidt, courtesy Gabriella Bocchetti Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Dr Anja Schmidt has been recognised by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding early career scientist. The AGU 2021 James B. Macelwane Medal is awarded annually to three to five early career scientists in recognition of…

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New strategy enables better understanding of complex materials

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New strategy enables better understanding of complex materials

Dr Christoph Schran at his desk, courtesy ICE group Monday, September 13, 2021 A new strategy to enable molecular simulations of complex systems has opened the door to a better understanding of complex materials. The powerful machine-learning framework, developed by researchers from this Department, University College London, Imperial College London and Charles University in Prague,…

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Nano ‘camera’ made using molecular glue allows real-time monitoring of chemical reactions

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Nano ‘camera’ made using molecular glue allows real-time monitoring of chemical reactions

Professor Oren Scherman courtesy Chemistry Photography Thursday, September 2, 2021 Researchers here have made a tiny camera, held together with ‘molecular glue’ that allows them to observe chemical reactions in real time. The device, made by a team led by Professor Oren Scherman from this Department, combines tiny semiconductor nanocrystals called quantum dots and gold…

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Climate change will transform cooling effects of volcanic eruptions, study suggests

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Climate change will transform cooling effects of volcanic eruptions, study suggests

Simulation of global sulfur gas concentrations courtesy Thomas Aubry, University of Cambridge Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Researchers have shown that human-caused climate change will have important consequences for how volcanic gases interact with the atmosphere. Researchers from this Department, the Department of Geography and the Met Office say that large-magnitude eruptions will have greater effects…

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Leading battery researcher awarded €1 million Körber Prize

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Leading battery researcher awarded €1 million Körber Prize

Professor Clare Grey, courtesy Gabriella Bocchetti Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Professor Clare Grey of this Department has been awarded the Körber European Science Prize 2021, worth one million euros. The prize is awarded for excellent and innovative research approaches with high application potential. Grey is one of the UK’s leading battery researchers, and is a…

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Redefining the Haber-Bosch loop

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Redefining the Haber-Bosch loop

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Lightning strikes twice for Molecule of the Year

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Lightning strikes twice for Molecule of the Year

Artist’s interpretation of the new molecule, courtesy Cambridge Photography Wednesday, January 6, 2021 For the second year running, researchers in the Nitschke group have had a molecule crowned as C & EN’s Molecule of the Year. The porous ionic liquid prepared by postgraduate student Lillian Ma was chosen by readers of Chemical & Engineering News…

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Sustainable hydrogen production a step closer

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Sustainable hydrogen production a step closer

Courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography Thursday, January 7, 2021 The creation of hydrogen from sunlight and waste has received funding to support development towards commercialisation. Photoreforming is a process which uses sunlight to transform biomass, food and plastic waste into hydrogen. Now researchers in the Reisner group have received a European Research Council Proof of…

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Chemical looping of biomass shows potential as ‘carbon negative’ energy solution

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Chemical looping of biomass shows potential as ‘carbon negative’ energy solution

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