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Read more at: Crossword Winter 2023 solutions and winner
Three travel mugs

Crossword Winter 2023 solutions and winner

University of Cambridge travel mugs courtesy Caroline Reid ©University of Cambridge

Try your hand at our chemistry cryptic crossword, check your answers, and congratulations to Evert Ditzel who won the prize draw.


Read more at: As easy as counting to ten – a new rule for catalysts’ design
Inert metal particles (red) with a single reactive metal particle (purple) catalyst reacting with a propane molecule (black).

As easy as counting to ten – a new rule for catalysts’ design

Dehydrogenation of propane (black) on a single-atom alloy (purple) which is diluted in an inert metal (red) made by Michail Stamatakis from Julia Schumann's figures courtesy University of Cambridge.

The ‘ten electron’ rule provides guidance for the design of single-atom alloy catalysts for targeted chemical reactions.


Read more at: National Inventors Hall of Fame honours DNA sequencing pioneers
Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman outside the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

National Inventors Hall of Fame honours DNA sequencing pioneers

Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman outside the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry taken by Nathan Pitt ©University of Cambridge

Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Professor Sir David Klenerman were honoured in the 2024 class of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees.


Read more at: Atmospheric science awarded grant to advance climate models
Luke and Maria

Atmospheric science awarded grant to advance climate models

Luke Abraham taken by Michael Webb and Maria Russo, both ©University of Cambridge

A climate science project, led by Dr Luke Abraham, has been awarded a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant.


Read more at: Lambda Agri wins a Santander X start up award
The Santander X award ceremony.

Lambda Agri wins a Santander X start up award

Lambda Agri with Tinie Tempah, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Monica Saavedra and Mike Regnier

A crop yield improvement technology company, embedded in Professor Dominic Wright’s research group, has been awarded a Santander X prize.


Read more at: New discovery contradicts textbook models
Representation of red and blue molecules to show how they interface in a sodium chloride solution

New discovery contradicts textbook models

Graphic representation of the liquid/air interface in a sodium chloride solution, courtesy Yair Litman

Textbook models will need to be re-drawn after a team of researchers found that water molecules at the surface of salt water are organised differently than previously thought.


Read more at: Field trip unfolds DNA mysteries
Scientists stand outside a building on the steps.

Field trip unfolds DNA mysteries

Chromatin Consortium courtesy of the Marine Biological Laboratory at the University of Chicago.

Members of the Collepardo lab took part in a month-long ’Chromatin Consortium’ to help unfold the mysteries of the material that makes up our chromosomes.


Read more at: Herchel Smith Fellowship extended application deadline
Gaunt group members in lobby

Herchel Smith Fellowship extended application deadline

Herchel Smith Fellow in the Gaunt Group Dr Alexander Fawcett (middle row, far right) is now a Senior Scientist at a local pharma company.

We have extended the application deadline for a three-year Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Organic or Biological Chemistry to 31 December 2023.


Read more at: Academics share their research
Angelos smiling at camera in front of a screen with the name of his talk

Academics share their research

Professor Angelos Michaelides, courtesy Chemistry Photography

1968 Professor of Theoretical Chemistry Angelos Michaelides FRS has given the first talk in a lecture series which will give academics the opportunity to share their research with other department members.


Read more at: Department entrepreneurs garner recognition
Finalists at Business Plan competition with their prizes

Department entrepreneurs garner recognition

Finalists in the competition, Mark Carrington (left) and Dr Kamil Sokowlowski (right) at the awards ceremony, courtesy Cambridge Enterprise

Two members of our department made it to the finals of the Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan competition in November.