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Launch of the challenge to decarbonise our everyday lives Programme 2022

The Carbon Challenge: Daily Decaronisation Programme launch

Competition launch for potgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to submite scalable ideas to decarbonise activities in our everyday lives. Are you a problem solver who thrives on challenge? Do you want to take action on climate change? The Cambridge Carbon Challenge is an initiative for student and staff teams to...

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Researchers have developed a method to stabilise a promising material known as perovskite for cheap solar cells, without compromising its near-perfect performance.

Templating approach stabilises ‘ideal’ material for alternative solar cells

Researchers have developed a method to stabilise a promising material known as perovskite for cheap solar cells, without compromising its near-perfect performance. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used an organic molecule as a ‘template’ to guide perovskite films into the desired phase as they form...

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This is an ambitious project with many experts aiming to engage countries in the global south modelling, decision-making and capacity building.

The Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) programme

Dr Jonathan Cullen from the Resource Efficiency Collective at the Department of Engineering and Lara Allen from Centre for Global Equality are part of Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) a £38m multi-institutional programme. CCG seek answers to a challenging question: how can we deliver future energy and material services...

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The Centre, based at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory, will play a key role in accelerating the decarbonisation of flight and power generation

National Centre for Propulsion and Power gets boost from the Wolfson Foundation

The Centre, based at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory, will play a key role in accelerating the decarbonisation of flight and power generation Modern aviation and power generation have brought many benefits – connecting people across the world and providing safe, reliable electricity to billions – but rapidly decarbonising...

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Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new approach for observing mechanochemical reactions — where simple ingredients are ground up to make new chemical compounds and materials that can be used in anything from the pharmaceutical to t

Miniature grinding mill closes in on the details of ‘green’ chemical reactions

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new approach for observing mechanochemical reactions — where simple ingredients are ground up to make new chemical compounds and materials that can be used in anything from the pharmaceutical to the metallurgical, cement and mineral industries. The study led by...

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Cambridge Zero Research Symposia 2021, highlights of the exciting and ground-breaking research on climate change.

Blog: Cambridge Zero Research Symposia: Climate Science – 6 Oct 2021

The Cambridge Zero Research Symposia launched a new series for Michaelmas Term 2021 with the theme of Climate Science on the 6th of October 2021. Bringing together academics and early career researchers, the afternoon showcased the latest research taking place in this field across the University of Cambridge and British...

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Read more at: Energy IRC: Energy Transformations: Cambridge Zero Climate Change Festival 2021

Energy IRC: Energy Transformations: Cambridge Zero Climate Change Festival 2021

Cambridge Zero Climate Change Festival 2021 brought together people from all backgrounds to share solutions, explore new research and learning, and inspire global action. This year focussed on the important work the University’s communities are doing, especially in the run-up to COP26, the United Nations international...

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Films of cellulose nanocrystals prepared by the team can be made at scale using roll-to-roll processes like those used to make paper from wood pulp. This is the first time these materials have been fabricated at industrial scale.

Sustainable, biodegradable glitter – from your fruit bowl

Cambridge researchers have developed a sustainable, plastic-free glitter for use in the cosmetics industry – made from the cellulose found in plants, fruits, vegetables and wood pulp. Beyond its general annoyance factor, glitter is made of toxic and unsustainable materials, and contributes to plastic pollution. Now...

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Read more at: Mystery of high-performing solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

Mystery of high-performing solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

Researchers have visualised, for the first time, why perovskites – materials which could replace silicon in next-generation solar cells - are seemingly so tolerant of defects in their structure. The findings, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, are published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The most...

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Read more at: UN Secretary-General António Guterres awarded an honorary degree

UN Secretary-General António Guterres awarded an honorary degree

3 November 2021 - The University of Cambridge held a special Congregation of its Regent House, for its Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Law on His Excellency António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. In an address to the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor...

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