'Robo-Chemist' Optimises Reactions in One Day

Intelligent automated reactor drastically cuts time it takes to optimise cross-coupling reactions

Researchers in the US have developed an automated flow reactor that can respond to the results of experiments and determine the optimum conditions for catalytic reactions within a single day. 

Identifying the ideal conditions for a catalytic reaction can be a laborious process: selecting the most efficient catalyst system in addition to assessing continuous variables like temperature, time and reagent concentrations can easily take hundreds of separate experiments.

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