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New product from Chemistry spin-out tops 2018 innovations list

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A new device made by Sphere Fluidics – a spin-out company co-founded by researchers from this department – is ranked number one in The Scientist's 2018 list of Top 10 Innovations. 

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Dual strategy reveals secrets of collagen structure

Courtesy Dr Barth van Rossum

Researchers in the Duer group have used an enhanced NMR technique combined with improved isotope labelling to identify for the first time chemicals vital for assembling and maintaining the structure of connective tissues such as bone and cartilage.

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Giving a new name to our oldest Chair

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The 1702 Chair of Chemistry at Cambridge – one of the longest-established Chemistry Chairs in the UK – is to be renamed in honour of a distinguished alumnus whose generous new donation will support it in future.

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Department researchers inspire others during Black History month

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As the UK marks Black History Month, two researchers from this department talk about their route to Cambridge, their inspiration and their motivation.

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Alumna receives Early Career Researcher award

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Dr Serene Chen has received the Scopus Early Career Researcher UK award for 2018 in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

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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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