In this talk, Prof Cronin will outline how his group have devised a universal approach to chemical synthesis and discovery using a Chemical Processing Unit or ChemPU to build robotic systems, driven by chemical intelligence algorithms, designed to search for new reactivity, reactions, and molecules.To achieve this, they built a programmable robotic discovery system that can run the reactions and analysis. To program the robot, they exploit the world’s first domain-specific chemical programming language (XDL) to produce the code.
University of Glasgow
Leroy (Lee) Cronin is the Regius Professor of Chemistry in Glasgow. Since the age of 9 Lee has wanted to explore chemistry using electronics to control matter. His research spans many disciplines and has four main aims: the construction of an artificial life form; the digitization of chemistry; the use of artificial intelligence in chemistry including the construction of ‘wet’ chemical computers; the exploration of complexity and information in chemistry. His group is organised and assembled transparently around ideas, avoids hierarchy, and aims to mentor researchers using a problem-based approach. Nothing is impossible until it is tried.
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