Women in STEM: Dr Jenny Zhang

Dr Jenny Zhang is a group leader and BBSRC David Phillips Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, where she is re-wiring photosynthesis to generate renewable fuels. Here, she tells us about why she switched from cancer research to sustainability, how her Fellowship programme is helping her develop leadership skills, and why eggs in her childhood home would regularly go missing.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 5, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: energy fuel solar sustainability sustainable-earth women-in-stem

Green-sky thinking for propulsion and power

A rapid way of turning ideas into new technologies in the aviation and power industries has been developed at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory. Here, Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle, describes how researchers plan to scale the process to cover around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 4, 2019 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth environment aircraft energy innovation engineering climate-change carbon-emissions

Green-sky thinking for propulsion and power

A rapid way of turning ideas into new technologies in the aviation and power industries has been developed at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory. Here, Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle, describes how researchers plan to scale the process to cover around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 4, 2019 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth environment aircraft energy innovation engineering climate-change carbon-emissions

‘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 | Nov. 11, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: physics solar-cells perovskite energy advanced-materials

‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: sustainability energy climate-change sustainable-earth fuel

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 | Oct. 9, 2019 | cambridge
~3 mins   

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

Opinion: Betting on speculative geoengineering may risk an escalating ‘climate debt crisis’

Professor Mike Hulme and Dr Shinichiro Asayama from Cambridge's Department of Geography discuss the climate 'debt crisis' and why geoengineering may make it worse, in this article originally published on The Conversation.

Cambridge University News | July 18, 2019 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: sustainability climate-change spotlight-on-sustainable-earth sustainable-earth energy

Green material for refrigeration identified

Researchers from the UK and Spain have identified an eco-friendly solid that could replace the inefficient and polluting gases used in most refrigerators and air conditioners.

Cambridge University News | April 18, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: energy environment spotlight-on-advanced-materials climate-change

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