Guided by AI, robotic platform automates molecule manufacture

Guided by artificial intelligence and powered by a robotic platform, a system de

Guided by artificial intelligence and powered by a robotic platform, a system developed by MIT researchers moves a step closer to automating the production of small molecules. Images: Connor Coley, Felice Frankel

New system could free bench chemists from time-consuming tasks, may help inspire new molecules.

Writing for Science, Derek Lowe spotlights how MIT researchers are developing a platform that could be used to automate the production of molecules for use in medicine, solar energy and more. "The eventual hope is to unite the software and the hardware in this area," reports Lowe, "and come up with a system that can produce new compounds with a minimum of human intervention."


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