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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Research and teaching videos from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Research Overview

Happy Microbiome Day - 27 June 2018


Research video

Research projects featured:

  • Polymeric heart valves
  • Biosensors and biomaterials for low and middle income countries
  • Chemical looping combustion for carbon capture
  • Magnetic resonance imaging laboratory
  • Super resolution microscopy for neurodegenerative diseases 

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Research video competition winner: Laser Analytics Group


Molecular Chocolate Combines Science, Confectionery And Fun


Believing is Seeing

Cambridge Shorts video by Marcus Fantham


Dance my PhD

Jacob Brubert prize winning video explaining the science of heart valve bioengineering in dance.


Judge Business School 25th Anniversary video, featuring Rebekah Scheuerle and JustMilk

Celebrating 25 years of excellence at Cambridge Judge Business School from Cambridge Judge Business School on Vimeo.

The Super-Resolution Revolution

Cambridge scientists are part of a resolution revolution. Building powerful instruments that shatter the physical limits of optical microscopy, they are beginning to watch molecular processes as they happen, and in three dimensions.

Professor Clemens Kaminski, whose team in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology designs and builds super-resolution microscopes to study Alzheimer’s disease, explained: “The technology is based on a conceptual change, a different way of thinking about how we resolve tiny structures. By imaging blobs of light at separate points in time, we are able to discriminate them spatially, and thus prevent image blur.”

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Where there’s muck there’s aluminium (if not brass)

Technology developed here lies at the heart of a commercial process that can turn toothpaste tubes and drinks pouches into both aluminium and fuel in just three minutes. The process recycles a form of packaging – plastic-aluminium laminates – whose only fate was landfill or incineration. Now, in a commercial-scale plant, built and operated by Cambridge spin-out Enval Limited, up to 2,000 tonnes of packaging are recycled a year – roughly the amount handled by regional waste handlers – and it generates enough energy to run itself. The research was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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Preventing HIV transmission in Breastfeeding

Hydrogen from sunlight

using a photosynthetic bacterium as a biocatalyst for hydrogen production.


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Topping out ceremony, 27 May 2014


It's magnetic resonance -- but not as you know it

Bakerian Lecture by Professor Lynn Gladden CBE FREng FRS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is routinely used in hospitals to image internal structure and blood flow within the human body. Research has shown that it is possible to harness these techniques to study non-biological systems, with many applications across the physical sciences and engineering. Professor Lynn Gladden explained how processes occurring within optically opaque objects can be revealed, from imaging flow fields in plant cells to mapping chemical conversion within catalytic reactors. Recent advances enable bespoke implementations of the MRI method to be applied to ever more challenging systems, providing insights which cannot be obtained using any other measurement technique.
The Bakerian lecture is the Royal Society's premier lecture in the physical sciences. It is delivered annually at the Royal Society in London.
Professor Gladden was awarded the 2014 Bakerian Lecture for her work in the development of magnetic resonance techniques to study multi-component adsorption, diffusion, flow and reaction processes
6:30 pm -- 7:30 pm on Tuesday 04 March 2014 at The Royal Society, London

GapSummit 2014

GapSummit 2014 was the world's first inter-generational leadership summit in biotechnology. A hundred Leaders of Tomorrow were selected from 35 nations across the world to have debates and develop solutions to current biotechnology challenges as well as 2050 global grand challenges with Leaders of Today in and out of the field. Speakers included CEOs of leading companies, fund managers, research pioneers and policy makers.

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Colorimetrix for BSA colorimetric test. March 2014

Colorimetrix in action measuring a commercial Bovine Serum Albumin test (BSA).

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New Blood Test for Schizophrenia. February 2014

Currently the diagnosis of most mental illnesses is based on conversations and questionnaires. These could now be supported by a new low-cost blood test developed within the European research project SchizDX.

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JustMilk device use animation. January 2014

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Technology that protects friendly bacteria. June 2013

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Undergraduate Chemical Engineering. 2012

Chemical Engineering is about making stuff.

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Rotifers are tiny animals that survive against all the odds. They are also known for not having had sex for 80 million years.   2010

Prof Alan Tunnacliffe tests their super-powers by draining 90% of the water in their microscopic bodies, heats them to boiling point and freezes them in liquid nitrogen.

Latest news

Nanoparticles used to transport anti-cancer agent to cells

16 September 2019

Researchers from our Adsorption and Advanced Materials group have developed a platform that uses nanoparticles known as metal-organic frameworks to deliver a promising anti-cancer agent to cells.

August paper of the month: Ultralow-field nuclear magnetic resonance of liquids confined in ferromagnetic and paramagnetic materials

16 September 2019

Researchers from our department’s magnetic resonance research centre show new insight provided by ultra-low-field techniques.

Our MPhil in Biotechnology wraps up a successful first year

4 September 2019

Our MPhil in Biotechnology 2018-19 course came to an official close last week with their first student cohort presenting their work at the course symposium.