Shedding light on dark traps

Researchers pinpoint the origin of defects that sap the performance of next-generation solar technology.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 16, 2020 ~18 min

Tags: advanced-materials physics perovskite solar-cells energy

3D printed corals could improve bioenergy and help coral reefs

Researchers have designed bionic 3D-printed corals that could help energy production and coral reef research.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: advanced-materials environment biodiversity coral

Cambridge researchers awarded European Research Council funding

Four researchers at the University of Cambridge have won advanced grants from the European Research Council (ERC), Europe’s premier research funding body.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 1, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  advanced-materials  quantum  physics  materials  optics  archaeology

Watching magnetic nano ‘tornadoes’ in 3D

Scientists have developed a three-dimensional imaging technique to observe complex behaviours in magnets, including fast-moving waves and ‘tornadoes’ thousands of times thinner than a human hair.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: advanced-materials physics nanotechnology magnetic-field

Smog-eating graphene composite reduces atmospheric pollution

An international group of scientists, including from the University of Cambridge, have developed a graphene composite that can ‘eat’ common atmospheric pollutants, and could be used as a coating on pavements or buildings.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 5, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: engineering advanced-materials graphene environment pollution

‘Messy’ production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency

Discovery means simpler and cheaper manufacturing methods are actually beneficial for the material’s use in next-generation solar cells or LED lighting.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 11, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: advanced-materials physics perovskite solar-cells energy

Electronic solid could reduce carbon emissions in fridges and air conditioners

A promising replacement for the toxic and flammable greenhouse gases that are used in most refrigerators and air conditioners has been identified by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 9, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: advanced-materials sustainable-earth climate-change energy

Women in STEM: Sheen Gurrib

Sheen Gurrib is a PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, where she is researching ways to improve chronic lower back pain. Here, she tells us about working with refugees to help them get into Cambridge, the importance of collaboration, and why her research has involved searching through butcher shops.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 19, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  advanced-materials  women-in-stem  medicine

Nanoparticles used to transport anti-cancer agent to cells

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a platform that uses nanoparticles known as metal-organic frameworks to deliver a promising anti-cancer agent to cells.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 17, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: advanced-materials cancer nanotechnology

Nanowires replace Newton’s famous glass prism

Scientists have designed an ultra-miniaturised device that could image single cells without the need for a microscope or make chemical fingerprint analysis possible from within a smartphone camera. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 5, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: engineering advanced-materials optics nanotechnology spectroscopy

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