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Honouring a scientist who 'changed the course of Physical Chemistry'

We will use our upcoming Linnett Symposium to honour a scientist who "changed the course of physical chemistry not just once, but several times." 

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Young chemists crack trophy mystery

Schoolchildren aged 11-13 became forensic chemists for a day. They conducted experiments to solve The Mystery of the Missing Trophy as they took part in the Salters' Festival of Chemistry we hosted here.

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Bubbles, batteries and bangs: Chemistry Open Day 2018

"Chemistry began with magic: the alchemists devised complex schemes to hide their wizardry. But today chemistry is open to all and creating new materials, from better batteries to miracle medicines, to transform our lives."

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Modifying proteins for precise drug delivery

An international team of researchers – led by Dr Gonçalo Bernardes in this department – has developed a simple yet effective method of modifying proteins that could enable them to precisely deliver drugs to diseased tissues.

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Beetle inspires new 'super-white' material

Image courtesy of the Department of Chemistry

The super-whiteness of an Asian scarab beetle has inspired Chemistry researchers to develop a new material "20-30 times whiter than common paper".

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Remembering John Sulston

Image courtesy of Department of Chemistry Photography Department

We are saddened by the death last week of Sir John Sulston. An alumnus of the department, he shared the Nobel Prize for cell lineage research in the nematode worm and went on to lead the UK research in the Human Genome Project.

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'Hydrogen Pistols at Dawn'

Image of Dr Peter Wothers courtesy Cambridge University Library

'Hydrogen Pistols at Dawn', a look at the 18th century texts that prompted a revolution in chemistry, is one of the Sandars Lectures Dr Peter Wothers will deliver this week.

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Alumnus returns to give annual Lewis Lectures

Image courtesy of Heidelberg University

An alumnus who studied here with Jack Lewis, one of the pioneers of modern inorganic chemistry, came back to the department in late February to give the annual Lewis Lectures.

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Award for significant contributions to medicine

Courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

Dr Gonçalo Bernardes has been selected to receive the 2018 MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship for his significant contributions to medicinal chemistry.  

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Colour research suggests ways to 'grow' paint

Image of Flavobacterium IR1 colony courtesy of the University of Cambridge

"The future is open for biodegradable paints on our cars and walls – simply by growing the colour we want!" So say the chemistry researchers studying the genetics of structural colour.

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