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Nature-inspired concepts turn CO2 into clean fuels

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Nature-inspired concepts turn CO2 into clean fuels

Dr Sam Cobb works at the flow electrolysis station, courtesy Department of Chemistry photography Monday, February 28, 2022 Researchers here have developed an efficient concept to turn carbon dioxide into clean, sustainable fuels, without any unwanted by-products or waste. Most methods for converting carbon dioxide, or CO2, into fuel also produce unwanted by-products such as…

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Two Cambridge Researchers are Honourees for Blavatnik Award

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Two Cambridge Researchers are Honourees for Blavatnik Award

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 We are delighted that not one, but two of the Chemistry Department’s scientists are finalists for the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. This nomination is a remarkable achievement at this point in their career and recognises the outstanding and innovative research programmes that Dr Anja Schmidt and…

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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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