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New Machine Can Auto-Assemble Small Molecules

Written by: Communicator StaffMarch 12, 2015

Written by Sean Godfroy

At the University of Illinois, a machine has been developed to automatically synthesize several organic molecules. The machine pieces together molecules from “building blocks” that have so far yielded 14 different classes of molecules. Some of these have even had complex structures with multiple rings. A machine that can automatically produce molecules, even complex ones, is an invaluable help to chemists. Researchers believe that such production will greatly improve and expedite researching new medications as well as micro-technologies. Increased production will allow for quicker sampling and experimentation while the machine itself can hopefully be used to engineer many more chemical combinations. A second-generation version of the machine is already being developed by Revolution Medicines.