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Alumnus launches AI Journal

Ed Pyzer-Knapp working at his desk, courtesy EPK

As IBM Research Global Lead for AI Enriched Modelling and Simulation, and a visiting Professor at Liverpool, alumnus Ed Pyzer-Knapp was already a busy man. Instead of cutting back, he has now launched a new journal highlighting AI research.

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Daan Frenkel recognised for condensed matter physics contributions

Professor Daan Frenkel, courtesy Department of Chemistry photography

Professor Daan Frenkel has been awarded the European Physical Liquid Matter Prize, considered one of Europe’s most prestigious prizes in the field of the (chemical) physics of liquids.

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Alumnus makes a difference with anti-Covid drug

Alumnus Richard Mackman in his office at Gilead Sciences

As a third-year undergrad here, Richard Mackman gradually realised what he wanted to do: “I wanted to create something as a chemist that would make a difference,” he says.  And with the development of the anti-Covid drug remdesivir, he has.

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Researchers show why blues and greens are the brightest in nature

Image of blue Macaw courtesy Will Zhang, Pixabay

Researchers here have shown why structural colour in nature produces blue and green hues which appear much brighter than red, yellow or orange.

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Researcher fuses fashion with science

Areeb Mahtey by Nick Saffell

Areeb Mahtey, who is studying for a PhD in epigenetics, explains why science and fashion have more in common than you might think, and how in the future he hopes to combine his two passions.

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Fighting fatigue in lithium-ion batteries

Image of coin cells courtesy Department of Chemistry photography

Researchers have identified a potential new degradation mechanism for electric vehicle batteries – a key step to designing effective methods to improve battery lifetime.

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Wireless device makes clean fuel from sunlight, CO2 and water

Image of Dr Qian Wang courtesy University of Cambridge

Researchers here have developed a stand-alone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity.

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Metallic blue fruits use fat to produce colour and signal a treat for birds

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Researchers have found that a common plant owes the dazzling blue colour of its fruit to fat in its cellular structure, the first time this type of colour production has been observed in nature.

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Cambridge Crystallography pioneer wins Ewald Prize

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Dr Olga Kennard FRS has been awarded the 12th Ewald Prize "for her invaluable pioneering contribution to the development of crystallographic databases".

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Protein engineering pioneer awarded Royal Society Copley Medal

Courtesy Nathan Pitt, Department of Chemistry

Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Fersht of this Department has been named as the 2020 winner of the world's oldest scientific prize, the Royal Society's prestigious Copley Medal.

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