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A window of opportunity! Self-cleaning smart panes

Researchers from UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering and UCL Chemistry have developed a new type of ‘smart’ window that could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and boosting worker productivity More...

Jessica Chivers

Guilt Seminar by Ms Jessica Chivers

Ms Jessica Chivers will be giving a seminar on Guilt; how to get a grip on guilt and make a smooth return to work.  More...

Peter Coveney - PBS Nova

PBS Nova: Life's Rocky Start

Peter Coveney is featuring in a US television show called "Life’s Rocky Start". The 50 minute programme is airing on Wednesday 13th January at 9pm EST across the USA on PBS NOVA. The program will be streaming on the PBS website after the broadcast, a vimeo link will be made available for international viewers, and also on the NOVA website you can find additional materials, video, and information on getting DVDs. Peter Coveney features in segments filmed in the department. More...

AstraZenca

Career Opportunities at AstraZenca Talk

by David Andrews  More...

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Departmental Seminar

ABSTRACT: Pore-forming proteins such as S.aureus alpha-hemolysin can be used to sense the nucleotide-specific blockade in ionic current from single-stranded DNA present within the pore. Commercialisation of these methods has significant potential to increase the throughput of genome sequencing to the point where it can become a routine medical procedure. However, there are practical limits to the required scaling for these methods to sequence an entire genome in a few minutes.To overcome these limits we use droplet-interface bilayers to enable parallel optical detection of 10000 measurements per mm^2, 3 ms temporal resolution, and sub-pA equivalent amplitude resolution. More...

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Taming Amphotericin B: Looking Back To The Future

by Dr. Steve Regen, Department of Chemistry Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania More...

Departmental PG Open Day

Departmental Postgraduate Open Day

You are warmly invited to attend this informal event to meet postgraduate students and staff and to learn more about the opportunities for taught and research-led postgraduate study. More...

Katherine Holt

UCL Chemistry Condensed Series

In our newest episode, UCL Chemistry Condensed talk to Dr Katherine Holt on her love of fast cars, noisy guitars and travelling to remote places! (P.S – be sure to watch it to the end…!) More...

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Departmental Seminar

A strong coupling between the electron’s spin and its orbital motion lies at the heart of many phenomena of great current interest in solid state materials, including topological insulators and compounds for electronic and quantum logic applications that exploit the spin degree of freedom.  I will discuss two examples which exhibit a particularly rich interplay between their spin and orbital degrees of freedom.  The first is the polar semiconductor BiTeI, which hosts a giant “spin splitting” of its electronic states mediated by spin-orbit coupling.  I will describe our recent photoemission measurements which show how this is accompanied by a reconfiguration of the underlying charge density distribution, giving rise to interlinked atomic and momentum-dependent orbital textures [1].  Second, I will discuss a system whose centrosymmetric crystal structure would conventionally be expected to forbid the presence of such spin-polarised states at all.  In contrast, I will show direct spectroscopic evidence for their existence [2] and control [3] in the semiconductor WSe2.  Permitted due to a local inversion symmetry breaking within constituent structural building blocks of the unit cell, this demonstrates a new route to stabilizing spin-polarised states in globally centrosymmetric materials. More...

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Departmental Seminar

 by Dr Kim Jelfs (Imperial College London) More...