The demand continues for materials that are stronger, cheaper, lighter, more conductive – simply better.

‘Fruitcake’ structure observed in organic polymers

02 Jun 2022

Researchers have analysed the properties of an organic polymer with potential applications in flexible electronics and uncovered variations in...

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Secret to treating ‘Achilles’ heel’ of alternatives to silicon solar panels revealed

24 May 2022

A team of researchers from the UK and Japan has found that the tiny defects which limit the efficiency of perovskites – cheaper alternative materials...

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Bone cancer cell (nucleus in light blue)

Cambridge spin-out receives European Innovation Council grant to develop cancer imaging technologies

21 Feb 2022

Spin-off company Cambridge Raman Imaging Ltd. and the Cambridge Graphene Centre will lead ‘CHARM’ project, recently awarded with €3.2 million

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Self-healing materials for robotics made from ‘jelly’ and salt

18 Feb 2022

Researchers have developed self-healing, biodegradable, 3D-printed materials that could be used in the development of realistic artificial hands and...

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Artistic rendition of isolated spins on hexagonal boron nitride under an optical microscope

Two-dimensional material could store quantum information at room temperature

11 Feb 2022

Researchers have identified a two-dimensional material that could be used to store quantum information at room temperature.

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Scientists develop fully woven, smart display

10 Feb 2022

Researchers have developed a 46-inch (116cm) woven display with smart sensors, energy harvesting and storage integrated directly into the fabric.

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Artist's impression of formamidinium (FA)-based crystal

Templating approach stabilises ‘ideal’ material for alternative solar cells

23 Dec 2021

Researchers have developed a method to stabilise a promising material known as perovskite for cheap solar cells, without compromising its near-...

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Miniature grinding mill closes in on the details of ‘green’ chemical reactions

30 Nov 2021

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new approach for observing mechanochemical reactions — where simple ingredients are ground...

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Super jelly

‘Super jelly’ can survive being run over by a car

25 Nov 2021

Researchers have developed a jelly-like material that can withstand the equivalent of an elephant standing on it, and completely recover to its...

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Artistic representation of electrons funneling into high quality areas of perovskite material

Mystery of high-performing solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

22 Nov 2021

Researchers have visualised, for the first time, why perovskites – materials which could replace silicon in next-generation solar cells - are...

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Sustainable, biodegradable glitter – from your fruit bowl

11 Nov 2021

Cambridge researchers have developed a sustainable, plastic-free glitter for use in the cosmetics industry – and it’s made from the cellulose found...

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Luminating composite glass

LEDs and smartphone screens could be made from next-generation glass

29 Oct 2021

Cracked and blurry phone screens could someday be a thing of the past, suggests a new study from the University of Cambridge and the University of...

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