Date 22 Sep 2022
Time 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (HKT) via zoom
Venue Zoom Webinar
Speaker Prof. Leroy (LEE) Cronin
Institution University of Glasgow

Chemputers, Chemputation, and Chemputability


Date: 22 September 2022 (Thursday)
Time: Start from 4:00 pm (HKT)


Via Zoom:

Zoom link:

Zoom ID: 978 7025 0251


Prof. Leroy (LEE) Cronin
School of Chemistry, Advanced Research Center
University of Glasgow


Today it is possible to design and synthesize many of the physically allowed molecules and
materials conceivable if practical, yet paradoxically it is not possible to reproduce or rerun
these successful procedures with high reliability. This is because many of the conditions
devised for the manual or semi-manual synthesis are not uniformly recorded. In this talk I will
outline how we are attempting to solve this problem by devising a standard approach to
chemical synthesis that allows us to translate all procedures, manual or automatic, to a new
chemical programming language called XDL. Our aim is that this new approach maps into a
universal programming language for chemistry that is accessible to ALL synthetic chemists and
will work on ALL robotic systems (subject to suitable specification)
I will show why the process of standardisation is possible, building on the example of
computation, and show how the process of Chemputation is done in a Chemputing machine,
and explore what the concept of Chemputability tells us about building molecules.
Finally, I will present examples how a standardized system for chemistry is capable of
discovery and optimization as well as synthesis, including the collection of standardized
reaction data. For example, machine learning to search for new reactivity, reactions,
materials, and molecules – that once discovered, can be reproduced in a Chemputer. This
allows us to build the ultimate system that can both reproduce, search, discover, and update
chemical knowledge autonomously in real time.