Impact is central to the mission of the University of Cambridge. For over 800 years, we have contributed to society through education, learning and research at the highest levels of international excellence. Our world-leading research underpins a huge range of innovations which create prosperity, improve quality of life, protect the environment and enrich our culture.

Here we present a selection of case studies to show how Cambridge research has changed the world.

Imaging basalt

Much of the world’s remaining oil and gas is locked under basalt, a rock that has baffled those attempting to ‘see’ through it. Now, thanks to new techniques developed at Cambridge, imaging beneath basalt is opening up vital new hydrocarbon reserves.

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Conservation in practice

We take for granted the fact that medicine is based on the best scientific evidence. In conservation, however, practice has often been based on anecdote and experience.

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Small is beautiful

From biotherapeutic discovery and bioproduction to cell therapy engineering and diagnostics, Cambridge technology based on making minute droplets is speeding up screening of single cells and their biological products.

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High flying materials

Thanks to a strong relationship, forged over two decades, Cambridge academics are helping UK aerospace leader Rolls-Royce deliver the next generation of innovative superalloys.

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Leading Lights

Since the 1980s, Cambridge researchers have pioneered the field of polymer semiconductors. Their discoveries have opened up a new scientific field and spun out into three new companies.

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Clickable fashion

Reflecting on the hit and miss nature of online clothes shopping, a Cambridge graduate turned to Cambridge engineering researchers to develop a technological solution. The company they created is now changing the face of internet fashion retailing.

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From Lab to Fab

Two decades after spinning out from Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, Cavendish Kinetics is seeing years of research into quantum physics being translated into minute switches that could be used in billions of mobile phones around the world.

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A Quantum Leap

Developing new materials – or improving existing ones – is a time-consuming process of trial and error. Thanks to CASTEP, software developed at Cambridge and based on quantum mechanics is taking the guess work out of R&D.

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Super Bainite

The result of 30 years of Cambridge research, Super Bainite is the world's first bulk nanostructured metal.

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Taking the Long View

By bringing together leading experts in law and energy policy in an innovative workshop at Cambridge, Simon Deakin and David Howarth have generated new insight and stimulated debate on one of the most significant PFI‐style deals in UK history.

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Biobullets

By developing BioBullets – an elegant and environmentally-sensitive way of controlling one of the world's most invasive freshwater pests – University of Cambridge scientists will help utility companies save millions of pounds.

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