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Celebrating our Nobel Laureates

The Winter 2017 Chem@Cam magazine features scientists associated with the Department of Chemistry whose work has been recognised at the highest level by the award of the Nobel Prize.

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Professor Vendruscolo's distinguished work honoured

Courtesy University of Cambridge

For his "distinguished work", Professor Michele Vendruscolo has received the Giuseppe Occhialini Medal and Prize, awarded jointly by the Institute of Physics and the Italian Physical Society.

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Professor's Perfect Pie

A recipe shared with us by one of our alumni reveals a Nobel Laureate's favourite Christmas treat.

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Vignolini to give BP-ICAM Webinar

Photo courtesy Department of Chemistry

Dr Silvia Vignolini will deliver the final BP-ICAM webinar of 2017 at 3pm on Thursday 7 December, on the topic of bio-inspired photonics.

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Department welcomes prospective postgraduates

Courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

Around 100 potential postgraduate students attended the department’s Graduate Students Admissions day in October.

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Three-year collaboration to predict Black Swans in medicine

A 'black swan' is the toxic effect of a compound which could have been predicted in hindsight

The first project of the Cambridge Alliance on Medicines Safety will be a three-year collaboration to predict the safety of current and future medicines.

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Dr John Sulston receives Alumni Medal

Image of Alumni Medal courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

Sir John Sulston – who worked on the sequencing of the very first animal genome and went on to lead the UK research in the Human Genome Project – has received the Department of Chemistry Alumni Medal in a ceremony held at the end of October. 

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Petals produce a ‘blue halo’ that helps bees to find flowers

The base of the petals of daisy Ursinia speciosa contains a dark pigment but appears blue due to the presence of disordered striations on the cell surface. Image: Fred Lewsey, University of Cambridge

An interdisciplinary group of researchers which includes the department's Dr Silvia Vignolini, has found that 'messy' microscopic structures on the petals of some flowers manipulate light to produce a blue colour effect that is easily seen by bees.

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Lindemann Trust Fellowships now open

Courtesy ESU

The English-Speaking Union is offering up to three grants a year for postdoctoral scientists to carry out research in the USA.

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New lecturer receives prestigious award

Courtesy: School of Earth and Environment, The University of Leeds

Dr Anja Schmidt has been awarded the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

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