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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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Chemistry alumnus chosen as Hero of Chemistry

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Chemistry alumnus Dr Ray Finlay has been chosen by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as a Hero of Chemistry.

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Researchers discover how to 're-wire' photosynthesis

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Scientists here have found a way to 're-wire' photosynthesis so that it can split water into hydrogen and oxygen much more efficiently than is presently possible.

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Year 11 students learn about life in Chemistry

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High-achieving Year 11 girls visited the department in August to learn more about life as a Cambridge student.

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Grandmother with Alzheimer's inspired Syrian teen to study Chemistry

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Syrian teenager Abdullah Kattineh is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer’s by studying chemistry in Cambridge.

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Bio-mimetics innovator receives award

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Dr Silvia Vignolini has been awarded the 2018 KINGFA Young Investigator award.

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New funding helps fight rare diseases

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A Cambridge company co-founded by a Chemistry alumnus and department member has just received a boost of $10 million (~£8 million) in Series A funding for its fight against rare diseases.

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