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Read more at: Scientists using miniaturized ball mill close in on the details of ‘green’ chemical reactions

Scientists using miniaturized ball mill close in on the details of ‘green’ chemical reactions

Image courtesy Dr Giulio Lampronti

Scientists have developed a new approach for observing mechanochemical reactions, which could be used when making new compounds and materials potentially suitable for many industries.

Read more at: ‘Super jelly’ can survive being run over by a car

‘Super jelly’ can survive being run over by a car

Image of the supergel in a dish with a ruler showing 7cm long

Courtesy Scherman Laboratory

Researchers from the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry have developed a jelly-like material that can withstand the equivalent of an elephant standing on it, and completely recover to its original shape, even though it’s 80% water.

Read more at: New model could lead to better understanding of disease

New model could lead to better understanding of disease

image of blue and magenta proteins within a cell compartment

A mixture of proteins (in magenta and blue) forming a multi-layered compartment. Credit Pin Yu Chew & Aleks Reinhardt

Researchers here have created a model which can describe and predict how biomolecules self-organise into compartments inside living cells, leading the way towards a better understanding of the causes of some neurodegenerative diseases and cancers.

Read more at: ChemSoc recruits outstanding speaker line-up

ChemSoc recruits outstanding speaker line-up

Members of the ChemSoc committee standing in a group wearing lab coats

The ChemSoc Committee courtesy Department of Chemistry photography

The University Chemical Society, better known as ChemSoc, started Michaelmas term with a figurative bang by recruiting a Nobel laureate to speak.

Read more at: Chemistry postgrad awarded the inaugural Dr Amit Bhasin Prize

Chemistry postgrad awarded the inaugural Dr Amit Bhasin Prize

David Izuogu receiving his award and smiling

David Izuogu receives his award, courtesy Cambridge-Africa programme

Fourth-year PhD student David Izuogu has been awarded the Dr Amit Bhasin Prize for his outstanding achievements.

Read more at: Sustainable, biodegradable glitter - from your fruit bowl

Sustainable, biodegradable glitter - from your fruit bowl

Three vials of glitter prepared from cellulose nanocrystals.

Cellulose nanocrystal glitter dispersed in different solvents, courtesy Bio-inspired Photonics group.

Researchers here have developed a sustainable, plastic-free glitter for use in the cosmetics industry – and it’s made from the cellulose found in plants, fruits, vegetables and wood pulp.

Read more at: Dr Peter Knewstubb, 1930 - 2021

Dr Peter Knewstubb, 1930 - 2021

Image of Dr Peter Knewstubb standing in the Clare gardens

Dr Peter Knewstubb, courtesy Clare College

It is with sadness that we announce that Dr Peter Knewstubb has died at the age of 91.