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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Photo of David Carter David Carter joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, on 1 May 2003, as the new Research Facilitator.

The Department has a very high international reputation for excellence in its research. The role of the Research Facilitator is to ensure that this reputation is maintained and strengthened by assisting in the formulation of the Department's research strategy, by providing support to members of staff within the Department in their research activities and by promoting the Department's external research profile.

David Carter has degrees in engineering and materials science and he has had 23 years of commercial research and development experience in a telecommunications environment. He holds patents for materials processing techniques and has won many prizes for innovation and research management. He describes himself as "an energetic, enthusiastic and persuasive organiser with a strong customer focus".

His hobbies include orienteering, triathlon and cross country skiing. He has two daughters, aged 7 and 4.

Latest news

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.