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Bad Air Day? Low-cost pollution detectors to tackle air quality

Bad Air Day - Video-media page

A new generation of pollution monitors developed by the University of Cambridge, together with academic and industrial partners, could help gather the evidence essential to tackle poor air quality.


Where there’s muck there’s aluminium (if not brass)

Where there’s muck there’s aluminium - Research Impact case srtudy


Technology developed in Cambridge at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology lies at the heart of a commercial process that can turn toothpaste tubes and drinks pouches into both aluminium and fuel in just three minutes. Now, in a commercial-scale plant, built and operated by Cambridge spin-out Enval Limited, up to 2,000 tonnes of packaging are recycled a year – roughly the amount handled by regional waste handlers – and it generates enough energy to run itself.


Out of the red and into the blue: making the LED revolution cost-effective

 Lighting the future - Research Impact case study

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys and his team in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy have developed a way of growing a remarkable man-made material – gallium nitride (GaN) – which is being used by British manufacturer Plessey Semiconductors to make light-emitting diodes for home lighting.


Nanomaterials Up Close: Cobalt oxide superlattice

 for the video media page

This image shows individual particles of cobalt oxide. The particles are engineered to form a superlattice or 3D mesh structure, which has a large surface area and a high chemical activity. Giorgio Divitini, based in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, works on the application of electron microscopy to nanomaterials for energy.


The future of energy?

Future of energy 

Three academics look at wind power, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and material efficiency in this film: The Future of Energy?


Energy from Algae - University of Cambridge


Scientists at Cambridge University take a closer look at algae and examine its potential as a renewable source of energy. In the near future algae could be used as a sustainable, carbon neutral biofuel.