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Dr Giorgio Volpe

Disorder-mediated crowd control in an active matter system

Many living systems, such as bacterial colonies, exhibit collective and dynamic behaviours that are sensitive to the change in environmental conditions. Here, the authors show that a colloidal active matter system switches between gathering and dispersal of individuals in response to a disordered potential. More...

Provost Teaching Award - CHEM160x Team

Provost Teaching Awards

UCL Chemistry has won 3 Provost Teaching Awards this year. More...

Howorka Group create Synthetic ion channels

The Howorka Group create synthentic ion channels

In work featured on the cover of Nature Nanotechnology, the Howorka group has created a synthetic ion channels. Natural ion channels are essential components of cells and regulate the transport of ions across biological membranes. The synthetic channel is made of folded DNA and hence much easier to design than natural protein channels. It may be applied to create drug-delivery vehicles or synthetic cells, as described in Nature. More...

Effective Renewable Carbon for Carbon Capture

Carbon capture and storage is one of the effective remedies to reduce excessive CO2 emission and mitigate climate change. Highly porous carbon is a promising candidate for such purposes, particularly if it can be made from renewable resources. Prof. Zheng Xiao Guo and Dr. Bing Jun Zhu have recently demonstrated that such effective materials can be generated from spruce cones. The results was recently published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering and featured in ACS Chemical & Engineering News. More...

Hugo Bronstein

UCL Chemistry Condensed series

In our newest episode, UCL Chemistry Condensed talk to Dr Hugo Bronstein, discussing his many attempts to break into music super-stardom, his worst haircut and his favourite Spanish swearword. More...

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...