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Earth Sciences - Chemistry
20.07.2017
Link identified between continental breakup, volcanic carbon emissions and evolution
Link identified between continental breakup, volcanic carbon emissions and evolution
Researchers have found that the formation and breakup of supercontinents over hundreds of millions of years controls volcanic carbon emissions. The results , reported , could lead to a reinterpretation of how the carbon cycle has evolved over Earth's history, and how this has impacted the evolution of Earth's habitability. The link between oxygen levels and the burial of organic material allowed life on Earth as we know it to evolve, but our geological record of this link needs to be re-evaluated.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
20.07.2017
Imperial academic to lead UK's new national science hub
Imperial academic to lead UK’s new national science hub
An Imperial chemical engineer will lead a new national centre of excellence in technology development and innovation.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
20.07.2017
Can the UK's gas grid go green? New white paper explores options
Can the UK’s gas grid go green? New white paper explores options
Options for a greener gas grid are explored by researchers from Imperial College London in a white paper out today. The gas grid or network currently transports natural gas to industries, households and businesses. Due to concerns over greenhouse gas emissions, scientific scenarios to tackle climate change show a reduced role for gas networks in the future, with policymakers preferring routes that involve decarbonised electricity.
Chemistry - Event
19.07.2017
First Monash Warwick Alliance science PhD graduate receives degree
First student from the Monash Warwick Alliance to receive degree in person graduated at the University of Warwick this week Sze-Yin Tan - originally from Malaysia - awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in
Careers/Employment - Chemistry
18.07.2017
Perfecting the Pipers crisp
When Pipers Crisps — one of Britain's best-known crisp brands — wanted to understand more about the science behind their premium products and processes they turned to food experts at the University of Nottingham. This Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), supported by Innovate UK , was established in 2015.
Chemistry
10.07.2017
Green method developed for making artificial spider silk
Green method developed for making artificial spider silk
Researchers have designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk, and is ‘spun' from a material that is 98% water. This method of making fibres could be a sustainable alternative to current manufacturing methods. Darshil Shah A team of architects and chemists from the University of Cambridge has designed super-stretchy and strong fibres which are almost entirely composed of water, and could be used to make textiles, sensors and other materials.
Chemistry - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.07.2017
Chemists awarded 1M to develop catalysts of the future
Chemists awarded 1M to develop catalysts of the future
A University of Bath chemist has received 1M to develop cheaper and more environmentally friendly catalysts with potential applications in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food additives and plastics.
Chemistry - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.07.2017
Chemist awarded £1M to develop catalysts of the future
Chemist awarded £1M to develop catalysts of the future
A University of Bath chemist has received 1M to develop cheaper and more environmentally friendly catalysts with potential applications in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food additives and plastics.
Chemistry - Medicine/Pharmacology
05.07.2017
Come and fire your passion for all things STEM
Come and fire your passion for all things STEM
The latest cutting-edge research will be on display at Big Bang Bristol, a free two-day science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) extravaganza at the Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol, on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 July.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
04.07.2017
Imperial academic discusses his work on algae fuel factories
Imperial academic discusses his work on algae fuel factories
An Imperial engineer talks about his work in 'coaxing' algae into manufacturing and excreting biofuels on an industrial scale.
Chemistry - Medicine/Pharmacology
03.07.2017
Researchers come out in force for Summer Science Exhibition
Researchers come out in force for Summer Science Exhibition
A knife that sniffs out cancer and technology for boosting signals from Mars are examples of Imperial research going on show at a prestigious event.
Astronomy - Chemistry
30.06.2017
Eleven tips for viewing and collecting asteroid fragments
Eleven tips for viewing and collecting asteroid fragments
Imperial researchers give tips about how to observe shooting stars and what to do if they fall to Earth, as part of Asteroid Day celebrations. Asteroid Day is a UN sanctioned global day of education to raise awareness about asteroids. The day is also being held to raise awareness about how we can protect Earth from asteroid impacts.
Chemistry - Earth Sciences
27.06.2017
Ozone recovery may be delayed by unregulated chemicals
Ozone recovery may be delayed by unregulated chemicals
Recent increases in an unregulated ozone-depleting substance, could delay recovery of Antarctic ozone levels by 5-30 years, depending on emissions scenarios.
Astronomy - Chemistry
23.06.2017
UCL's first satellite ‘UCLSat' launched
UCL’s first satellite ‘UCLSat’ launched
UCLSat, a satellite designed and built by UCL engineers and scientists, has been launched today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India as part of an international mission called QB50.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
19.06.2017
Chemistry - Event
15.06.2017
Gold catalysis collaboration wins RSC prize
The commercialisation of a ground-breaking catalyst by Cardiff University and UK chemicals company Johnson Matthey has been honoured at the Royal Society of Chemistry's annual awards.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
13.06.2017
Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil, following research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
05.06.2017
Physicists squeeze extra data from superfast x-ray probes using machine learning
Physicists squeeze extra data from superfast x-ray probes using machine learning
Chemical reactions could be probed in even greater detail using a method invented by Imperial researchers that better characterises ultrafast x-rays. X-rays can be used to investigate the structures of, and reactions between, molecules on very small scales and at high speed. To do this, scientists use free electron lasers (FELs) to create a train of x-ray pulses.
Careers/Employment - Chemistry
31.05.2017
Launch of Technician Commitment
The Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham has backed a national pledge to support technicians working in higher education.
Chemistry - Earth Sciences
22.05.2017
Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency
Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests new research published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) . Sherpas have spent thousands of years living at high altitudes, so it should be unsurprising that they have adapted to become more efficient at using oxygen and generating energy Andrew Murray The findings could help scientists develop new ways of treating hypoxia - lack of oxygen - in patients.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
22.05.2017
Interrogating proteins
Interrogating proteins
Scientists from the University of Bristol have designed a new protein structure, and are using it to understand how protein structures are stabilised. This research will help to design small proteins and small molecules that could be the basis for future biotechnologies and medicines. A team of chemists and biochemists from the Bristol BioDesign Institute have designed a new protein structure.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
12.05.2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
A new process has the potential to enable 720,000 tonnes of biodiesel to be produced each year from spent coffee grounds Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks (used to extract oils) for biodiesels are controversial because of their cost and the demand they place on land and water.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
11.05.2017
UofG Professor recognised for his dedicated research on carotenoid biochemistry
UofG Professor recognised for his dedicated research on carotenoid biochemistry
Professor Richard Cogdell, Hooker Chair of Botany at the Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology, has been awarded a Fellowship of the International Carotenoid Society as well as their Trevor Goodwin Award.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
11.05.2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution. Solar cells harness energy from the Sun and provide an alternative to non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels. However, they face challenges from costly manufacturing processes and poor efficiency - the amount of sunlight converted to useable energy.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
10.05.2017
Three Imperial researchers elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Three Imperial researchers elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Fellowship of the prestigious Royal Society has been granted to three scientists at Imperial College London this month.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
08.05.2017
Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Four UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry
04.05.2017
Cambridge spin-out raises 7 million to develop treatments for lung disease
Cambridge spin-out raises 7 million to develop treatments for lung disease
A University of Cambridge spin-out company has raised 7 million in new funding, which will help in the development of treatments for liver and lung disease.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
03.05.2017
Oxford’s first female chemistry professor receives top science honour
Dame Carol Robinson, Professor of Chemistry at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, has been elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
02.05.2017
Slag heaps could help pull carbon from the atmosphere
A Cardiff University scientist has been awarded 300k to lead a project looking into possible global warming intervention strategies using slag heaps. It is estimated that waste material could be used to pull 90 to 155 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere over the next century.
Chemistry - Astronomy
20.04.2017
Researchers and artists create ‘chem-art’ exhibition at Herbert Art gallery
Researchers and artists from the University of Warwick have teamed up with film makers and musicians from Coventry to create a unique exhibition that will give visitors a glimpse into a rarely seen micro-world.
Chemistry
12.04.2017
Researchers mimic nature with creation of 'molecular assembly line'
Researchers mimic nature with creation of ’molecular assembly line’
A team of researchers from the University of Bristol has developed a process to create molecules which resemble some of the most complex and important found in nature. The paper published in the journal, Nature Chemistry , describes the synthesis of a very important class of molecules called polyketides which have a broad range of biological properties important for human health, including antibiotic, antitumor, antifungal and antiparasitic.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
11.04.2017
Warwick polymers in NASA-funded project to high altitude
Anti-freeze polymers designed by University of Warwick launched into high altitude as part of successful NASA-funded schools project in the USA The polymers - developed in Professor Matthew Gibson's
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
07.04.2017
Scientists to create galactic building blocks to study the space between stars
Scientists to create galactic building blocks to study the space between stars
Researchers are planning to synthesise a class of chemical compounds to determine whether they are an important building block for making galaxies. The team from Imperial College London has received seed funding from the Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) to forge ahead with a new project.
Chemistry - Law/Forensics
06.04.2017
Leaf vein structure could hold key to extending battery life
Leaf vein structure could hold key to extending battery life
The natural structure found within leaves could improve the performance of everything from rechargeable batteries to high-performance gas sensors, according to an international team of scientists. The researchers have designed a porous, such as the veins of a leaf, and could make energy transfers more efficient.
Chemistry - Mathematics
06.04.2017
Cwmclydach Primary pupils become scientists for the day
Pupils from Cwmclydach Primary School in Rhondda Cynon Taf had the opportunity to conduct ‘real-life' scientific experiments as part of a chemistry workshop held at the school.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
04.04.2017
Uncovering gold’s secrets
An international group of scientists led by researchers at Cardiff University has unlocked the secret of a gold-based catalyst that is used in the manufacturing of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the world's third-most widely used plastic. PVC has become an indispensable part of modern life. Its applications include construction pipes, credit cards, window and door frames, plumbing equipment, and electrical cable insulation.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
03.04.2017
Malaria parasites soften our cells' defences in order to invade
Malaria parasites soften our cells’ defences in order to invade
Malaria parasites cause red blood cells to become bendier, helping the parasites to enter and cause infection, says a new study. Malaria is caused by a family of parasites that are carried by mosquitoes. Once parasites enter the body through a mosquito bite, they multiply in the liver before invading red blood cells where they cause the symptoms of malaria disease.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
03.04.2017
Microbes on ice sheets produce bioreactive carbon that is exported to downstream ecosystems
Microbes on ice sheets produce bioreactive carbon that is exported to downstream ecosystems
Glaciers and ice sheets have recently been considered significant sources of organic carbon and provide nutrients to downstream marine ecosystems.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
03.04.2017
Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules
Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules
University of Bath scientists have used gold spring-shaped coils 5,000 times thinner than human hairs and powerful lasers to enable the detection of twisted molecules, and the applications could improve pharmaceutical design, telecommunications and nanorobotics. Molecules, including many pharmaceuticals, twist in certain ways and can exist in left or right ‘handed' forms depending on how they twist.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
30.03.2017
Rotating molecules create a brighter future
Rotating molecules create a brighter future
Scientists have discovered a group of materials which could pave the way for a new generation of high-efficiency lighting, solving a quandary which has inhibited the performance of display technology for decades. The development of energy saving concepts in display and lighting applications is a major focus of research, since a fifth of the world's electricity is used for generating light.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry
24.03.2017
Designing selective antibiotics can reduce drug resistance, says Nobel laureate
Designing selective antibiotics can reduce drug resistance, says Nobel laureate
Israeli crystallographer Professor Ada Yonath delivered Imperial's annual Ernst Chain lecture this week, which focused on the future of antibiotics.
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