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AI-powered synthesis robot accelerates chemical discovery with autonomy.

TLDR: Chemists at the University of Amsterdam have developed an autonomous chemical synthesis robot called RoboChem that uses AI to accelerate the discovery of new molecules. RoboChem is capable of performing a variety of reactions with speed and accuracy, delivering results quickly and tirelessly. It can optimize the synthesis of about ten to twenty molecules in a week, a process that would take a human chemist several months. The robot is based on the principles of flow chemistry, using a system of small, flexible tubes to replace traditional beakers and flasks. The AI-driven machine learning unit in RoboChem processes information to determine optimal reactions and continuously refines its understanding of chemistry. The system has been shown to produce better yields than human chemists in about 80% of cases. RoboChem’s ability to generate high-quality data and capture “negative” data will also benefit the future use of AI in chemical discovery.

Chemists at the University of Amsterdam have developed an autonomous chemical synthesis robot called RoboChem that uses AI to accelerate the discovery of new molecules. RoboChem is capable of performing a variety of reactions with speed and accuracy, delivering results quickly and tirelessly. It can optimize the synthesis of about ten to twenty molecules in a week, a process that would take a human chemist several months. The robot is based on the principles of flow chemistry, using a system of small, flexible tubes to replace traditional beakers and flasks. The AI-driven machine learning unit in RoboChem processes information to determine optimal reactions and continuously refines its understanding of chemistry. The system has been shown to produce better yields than human chemists in about 80% of cases. RoboChem’s ability to generate high-quality data and capture “negative” data will also benefit the future use of AI in chemical discovery.

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