Automating Chemical Research Toward Autonomous Molecular Design

Anne Fischer, Self
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Until relatively recently, manual execution of experiments, with their design driven by human intuition, was the exclusive means by which laboratory chemists performed their craft. In the past several years, there has been rapid progress in hardware automation and artificial intelligence that continue to transform the nature of synthesis, characterization, and discovery in chemistry.

These scientific advancements have reduced tedium, accelerated throughput, and provided insights into the adoption of these tools to chemistries that extend beyond those dominated by industry. This talk will discuss recent work in automation and AI applied to chemical synthesis and discovery, and provide perspectives on critical challenges that must be addressed to realize and better exploit AI-enabled, automated experimentation.

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