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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

 
  • 29Mar

    Speakers: Dr Paolo Bombelli (Department of Biochemistry)

    Join us on our YouTube channel to watch this talk live and take part in a Q&A session with the speaker: https://youtu.be/s56b61vzhuA

    The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr Paolo Bombelli and Professor Christopher Howe.

     

    Plants and other photosynthetic organisms need water and light to grow. Water keeps the plants in shape, is the medium for transporting nutrients and, perhaps surprisingly, provides a source of electrons on which photosynthesis is based. Light is the primary source of energy for plants, and they use it to extract electrons from water in a process named ‘photo-lysis’. The extracted electrons pass as tiny electric currents through a chain of proteins and are ultimately used to reduce carbon dioxide to make sugars.

    The foundations of our understanding of the flow of electrons in photosynthetic cells were laid in Cambridge sixty years ago. This has opened the door to many exciting applications, including the possibility of direct harvesting of electricity from plants and photosynthetic microorganisms to supply, almost literally, ‘green’ energy.

    In this talk, Dr Paolo Bombelli from the Department of Biochemistry will show how plants use light to remove electrons from water, pass the electrons through proteins, and then use the electrons to turn carbon dioxide and water into sugars. Paolo will also demonstrate how our understanding of photosynthesis can open up many useful, and green, applications.

     

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    Event details available here.

    Part of the Cambridge Festival 2021.

  • 31Mar

    One drop of liquid ammonia has roughly the same energy content as an entire balloon of hydrogen gas. Joseph and Collin, researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology are studying how to harness this energy and make ammonia the ‘fuel of the future’.

    With a demo to ignite your curiosity, Joseph and Collin will explore how scientists are searching for a carbon-free fuel to meet the needs of powering our world, whilst reducing the impact of climate change.

    They will also talk about their day-to-day lives as scientists and will take any questions about their work, climate change and what it's like to be a research scientist. Be sure not to miss this explosive (and safe) event!

    Part of the 2021 Cambridge Festival.

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cambridge-festival-2021-at-ceb-fuel-of-th...

    Event details available here.

    Part of the Cambridge Festival 2021.

  • 03Apr

    West Cambridge is a hub for research excellence. In this self-guided tour of the site, participants will explore the different researcher topics that are being studied (past, present, and future!), with an energy emphasis. Along the way you’ll gather some useful knowledge, trinkets, and even perform outdoor experiments.

    Further details will be made available nearer the time but please register your interest for updates on how you can take part.

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-research-walking-tour-tickets-1325...

    Event details available here.

    Part of the Cambridge Festival 2021.

  • 03Apr
     

    In this interactive workshop we will talk about where the energy which powers our lights comes from, and why some light bulbs waste lots of energy.

    We'll explain different materials used to make light bulbs and think about which ones waste least energy and why.

    Finally, we'll help you make a special spinning toy, which will let you explore how energy is wasted in your home, with help from your grownup!

    A pre-recorded talk will be available throughout the Cambridge Festival and a live Q&A session will take place (via Zoom) at 2 pm on the 3rd of April

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lots-and-lots-of-light-bulbs-tickets-1376...

    Event details available here.

    Part of the Cambridge Festival 2021.

  • 30Apr

    Speaker: Francesco Amoruso, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

    To register for the event, please email div-c@eng.cam.ac.uk for the link.