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Using visible light to trigger the union of feedstocks

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A new chemical transformation using visible light to trigger the union of readily available feedstocks has enabled researchers to produce complex tertiary alkylamines in a single step. This could streamline the synthesis of novel small molecules.

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Hackathon against COVID-19

Layla working at her computer with her assistant

A PhD student here has just taken part in a 72-hour 'Code vs COVID' hackathon to develop open source prototypes to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Coronavirus: Unexpected Consequences

Courtesy Nathan Pitt, Department of Chemistry

Although he hasn't been studying the virus itself, Professor Rod Jones has been investigating an unexpected positive consequence of the virus caused by movement restrictions imposed by the government during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Farewell to our colleague

Courtesy Nathan Pitt, Department of Chemistry

We are sorry to say farewell to our colleague Carl Hogsden, who passed away last Thursday after a long illness.

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A way to spike the guns of coronavirus?

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Researchers here who normally design antibodies for use against Alzheimer’s disease are now redirecting the same approach to develop antibodies against the coronavirus.

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Study shines light on new virus detection approach

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A research team that includes scientists in this department has identified a strategy for rapidly detecting the DNA of pathogens – the microorganisms that cause disease – that could be relevant to the diagnosis of the COVID-19 virus.

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Supporting the fight against COVID-19

Matt Bushen and NIck Bampos deliver PPE to Addenbrooke's, courtesy Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry has delivered safety glasses and gloves to Addenbrooke's Hospital to support local NHS staff in the battle against COVID-19.

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A sad farewell to Dr Stuart Warren

We are very sad to be sharing the news that our colleague Dr Stuart Warren passed away on Sunday 22nd March.

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Using chiral cation renders metal-catalysed reactions enantioselective

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Researchers here have come up with a strategy to make a transition metal-catalysed chemical reaction enantioselective through the use of a chiral cation. 

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Women in STEM: Dr Maria Russo

"There is a role and a need for more women in STEM and things are getting rapidly and noticeably better for those who follow this path," says Dr Maria Russo, a Research Associate in our Centre for Atmospheric Science.

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