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‘Against the odds’ discovery creates new tool for adding functions to proteins

Using a chemical reaction that "really shouldn’t work” on an under-explored and not very reactive amino acid, researchers have developed a new system for adding functions to proteins that could be used to deliver drugs to targeted cells.

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Welcoming prospective postgraduates

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Our popular Open Day for prospective postgraduate students took place 19th October 2018. The application deadline for those seeking funding from the department or University is 5 December.

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Cambridge chemist honoured with Nobel

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Department alumnus Sir Greg Winter has been jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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Researchers' new method for synthesising molecules desirable in drug discovery

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Researchers here have invented an effective and operationally straightforward process for producing a type of compounds – complex alkylamines – whose physical properties make them desirable in drug discovery programmes.

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New Director of Teaching comes full circle

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Dr Bill Nolan takes over as Director of Teaching today, as his predecessor, Dr James Keeler, becomes Head of Department.

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Scientists reveal ground-breaking plan to target the cause of Alzheimer’s disease

Conceptual image showing blurred brain with loss of neuronal networks. Image Credit: Kateryna Kon

In a breakthrough, researchers have developed a new way to target the toxic particles that destroy healthy brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Showcasing our students' work

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This week is Chemistry Showcase Week when, to enhance their science communication skills, our postgraduate students must present their research to all of us.

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Chemistry of Health building 'offers hope.'

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"Our scientists and this building offer hope," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope as he opened the Chemistry of Health building, dedicated to combating diseases like the neurodegenerative disorders Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Sunlight converts waste plastics into fuel

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Taylor Uekert and colleagues in the Reisner lab have developed a sunlight-driven method to convert plastic waste into fuel and useful chemicals.

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Researchers discover unexpected stability of “raspberry” colloids

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Researchers from the department’s Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis have created a new raspberry-like colloid whose unexpected stability creates the potential for many new uses.

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