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Biodiesel At a recent Trade Fair at the Lion Yard, Cambridge, post doctoral researcher Dr Adam Harvey had the opportunity to explain his work on bio-diesel to Cambridge MP Ann Campbell.

Bio-diesel is an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuel. It is made by converting waste food processing oil into bio-diesel fuel and it may be used in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine.

Left to right in the picture are Dr Adam Harvey, Steve Hall, Martin Brook and Ann Campbell. Steve Hall and Martin Brook are from

Chemical Engineering undergraduates in their third year at Cambridge undertake a major design project and this year they are designing a bio-diesel plant. The prize for the best group design is to be provided by

Bio-diesel research project team members are Professor Malcolm Mackley, Dr Adam Harvey and Bob Skelton.


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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.