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.

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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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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