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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

 

Talk by Ljiljana Fruk on Wednesday 21 March 2018

Ljiljana talked about discoveries and molecules that at first did not make any sense, but have nevertheless rocked our world and changed the way. For example she talked about discovery of the first artificial dye and why is the colour blue so rare in Nature, the birth of organic chemistry and polymer science, beginnings of nanotechnology and discovery of such molecules as thalidomide, penicilin and heroin, which dramatically changed pharmaceutical industry. 

 

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A new world (dis)order for efficient semiconductors

11 November 2019

Scientists from our Optoelectronic Materials and Device Spectroscopy group investigating perovskite materials for next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered, vastly simplifying production processes and lowering cost.

The topology of disordered 3D graphenes: Rosalind Franklin’s pre-DNA problem untangled

8 November 2019

Researchers from our Computational Modelling group have published a possible solution to why disordered carbon structures are reluctant to turn into graphite, a puzzle that perplexed Rosalind Franklin before her discovery of the structure of DNA.

September paper of the month: flexible production of micro and nanofluidic devices

22 October 2019

Researchers from our Laser Analytics group have developed a laser-based manufacturing process that can produce combined nanofluidic and microfluidic devices in a fast and scalable manner.