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Department of Chemistry

The Winter 2018 issue of Chem@Cam Magazine reveals how we are building for the future (by opening our new Chemistry of Health facility) and building on the past (by marking 60 years of life in Lensfield Road).

We meet the first holder of the Lord Lewis Research Studentship in Chemistry. And we recall the joke exam paper that contained questions on the energy levels of bicycle wheels and the change in entropy on consuming a packet of Opal Fruits.   

Highlights include:

A New Name for our Oldest Chair: Find out why we are renaming the 1702 Chair of Chemistry after a distinguished alumnus.

Alumni Events in 2019: News of an alumni workshop, Open Day and alumni reunion in spring 2019.

Women in Chemistry: Electron Microscopy Technical Officer Heather Greer.

From the Archive: Meet our lab assistants from a century ago. And read extracts from The Supervisors' Tripos Paper, a 1970s Rag Week stunt.

Read the latest issue online in the panel, left. Or download Chem@Cam 58 here.


About Chem@Cam Magazine

Chem@Cam is the magazine of the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry.

It is published twice a year - in winter and spring - in hard copy, and in summer as an e-newsletter. 

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Back issues

Issue 57

Spring 2018

Issue 56

Winter 2017

Issue 55

Summer 2017

Issue 54

Winter 2016

Issue 53

Spring 2016

Issue 52

Winter 2015
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Grateful for the Help of Strangers

Meet Aurimas Narkevicius, the first holder of the Lord Lewis Research Studentship in Chemistry


The student encouraging others to achieve

David Izuogu once thought he'd never get get to university. Now he's doing a PhD here and encouraging other gifted African students to raise their educational aspirations.


Building for the Future

We've opened our new Chemistry of Health building, dedicated to combating neurodegenerative disorders.


Building on the Past

From air handlers that didn't work to a library that didn't open, we look back on 60 years of life in Lensfield Road. And can anyone tell us what happened to the 'underground bicycle park' ?!