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Automation of Chemical Synthesis

Originally delivered May 7, 2020
Source: AIChE
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    1 hour
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The automation of chemical synthesis dates back to at least the 1960's, and is seeing rapid development today. Advances in machine learning point to a future where functional chemicals could be designed, made and tested in automated systems, where the results of experiments feed into the design of subsequent experiments. 

This webinar will introduce progress and challenges in modern chemistry automation, including emerging technologies to enable reaction miniaturization, as well as highlights of our research at the interface of data science and chemical synthesis.

You’ll learn:

  • History of automation in chemistry
  • State of the art technologies, applications and challenges of automation in chemistry


Timothy Cernak

Tim Cernak studied organic synthesis at University of British Columbia Okanagan (BSc 2002), McGill University (PhD 2007), and Columbia University (Postdoc 2007–2009) before starting a career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck Research Labs.

Following 9 years at Merck's Rahway and Boston sites exploring chemistry informatics and automation, Tim Cernak joined academia as an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan. The Cernak Lab is exploring an interface of data science and chemical synthesis, with an interest in applying hardware and software...Read more

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