skip to content

Past events hosted within or of interest to the Department are listed here (upto 1 year ago). Visit our main Events page to see upcoming events.

  • 24May

    Dr Matt Kitching from the University of Durham

    Molecular rearrangement strategies allow the rapid construction of complex molecular architectures in an atom efficient manner. In this talk, our recent work will show how through in-situ directing group generation, the dual nature of lithium bases can be exploited to promote a new one-pot rearrangement. In the second part, the use of molecular rearrangement in supramolecular chemistry to construct beta peptides in a sequence specific manner using a molecular machine will be discussed.

    All Department members welcome.

  • 23May

    Tuhin Maity

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions

    All Department members welcome.

  • 22May

    A talk/discussion with John Nevard from CDT Ltd. 

    The agenda for the discussion is as follows:

    What is Intellectual Property ?
    Why do you want a Patent ?
    What can you do with a Patent ?
    The Importance of Patents
    First Principles
    What can be Patented ?
    The Patenting Process
    Where to Patent ?
    The Investment

    The discussion is intended to focus on the practical and commercial aspects of intellectual property rather on the nitty gritty of patenting, although that is covered at a high level. The tenet of the discussion is that Intellectual property are assets and like any other assets they should be adding value to their owner, the discussion covers how patents, in particular, can be leveraged

    All Department members are welcome.

  • 18May

    Dr Hamish H-M Yeung, Glasstone Research Fellow, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford

    Over the past two decades, porous and dense metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have evolved into one of the fastest growing research areas in chemistry and materials science. However, a greater understanding and control of MOF formation would be useful in several regards. For instance, we might wish to synthesize new (meta)stable structures that are predicted by computational methods, or tune the composition, shapes, sizes and surfaces of MOF particles to improve uptake kinetics or generate useful mechanical properties. This presentation will highlight some recent advances in our understanding of MOF crystallization, using in-situ techniques to obtain real time kinetic information.

    All Department members welcome.

  • 15May

    Please join us for the second event profiling the careers and career progression of women at Cambridge.

    Each term a panel of female staff from across the University will describe their career pathways and the opportunities and challenges they have faced along the way.

    We are delighted to announce our speakers at this event are:

    • ​Saba Alai, Departmental Safety Officer, Cavendish Laboratory
    • ​Sam Stokes​, Departmental Administrator (maternity cover), Cavendish Laboratory
    • ​Holly Tillbrook, Secretary of the School of Physical Sciences​ (secondment)

    Please join us for coffee and cake!

    To book your place, please visit:

  • 09May

    Sachio Komori

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions


  • 09May

    Often a small change in a reaction or material can cause a drastically different result. But is this enough to make it an invention? Cambridge Enterprise will be discussing what is the inventive step in chemical and materials inventions, along with a patent attorney.

  • 03May

    The Department will be holding its first Equality and Diversity seminar and networking event delivered by Dr Terri Simpkin, Anglia Ruskin University. The seminar will be followed by a networking lunch in the tea room. 

    The seminar is open to all members of the Department but due to space limitations (and to make sure we have enough lunch!), registration is compulsory. 

    Please sign up on the Eventbrite website:


    Feel like a fake?

    Trying your best to convince yourself you belong at university?

    Join the conversation about the impostor phenomenon and learn where it comes from and more importantly, how you can get rid of it.

    So, you’ve got into your course and you’re all set for a stellar academic career followed by the job of your dreams! 

    Pity that voice over your shoulder keeps suggesting there’s been some terrible mistake and you’re not supposed to be here. Or, everyone else here is more clever and therefore deserves to be here more than you. At some point someone’s going to find you out for the phoney you are.

    Well, guess what? It’s not just you and it’s more often than not, simply not true.

    The notion of being less competent than you should be or believing your success to be a bit of a mistake can be stressful and the sense that at some point you're going to be found out as an impostor can be crippling to achievement and may cause anxiety and overwork.

    Presented by Dr Terri Simpkin, this introductory conversation is based on current research into women in STEM and how they experience the impostor phenomenon. Learn how the internal monologue perpetuates the sense of being a phoney and identify ways to better recognise and enjoy the achievement you well and truly deserve.  

    More information can be found at  

  • 01May

    Snacks will be provided, prizes will be won, and fun will be had by all with quizmasters Jamie Cyr and Matthew Linley. 

    Sign up as an individual or as a team for £2 per person at the Servery. Individuals will be placed into a team prior to the start of the quiz.

  • 25Apr

    Kohei Ohnishi

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions