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

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

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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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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Lighting the Future

Using technology developed by Cambridge researchers, British manufacturer Plessey Semiconductors is racing to be the first company to make affordable energy efficient LEDs for home lighting.

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Biosensor boost for diabetics

Thanks to her innovative research on electrochemical sensors and the Institute of Biotechnology’s entrepreneurial approach, Professor Lisa Hall’s team have helped revolutionise the way diabetics monitor their blood glucose.

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Lighting up virtual worlds

By taking a branch of mathematics more often associated with astrophysics and applying it to computer gaming, Cambridge researchers have transformed how games are lit, and their spinout company Geomerics has now been acquired by ARM.

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