EPSRC logo

Details of Grant 

EPSRC Reference: EP/S030603/1
Title: CHEMIFY: A System to Produce Universal Digital Chemical Synthesis
Principal Investigator: Cronin, Professor L
Other Investigators:
Cooper, Dr GJT Vila-Nadal, Dr L Kitson, Dr P J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Max Planck Institutes (Grouped) Polish Academy of Sciences Uni of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
University of Toronto
Department: School of Chemistry
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 September 2019 Ends: 31 August 2022 Value (£): 1,084,544
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Chemical Synthetic Methodology Technology and method dev
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Mar 2019 Intl Centre to Centre Fulls Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The aim of this proposal is to establish a standard digital code for the synthesis of molecules. Like Spotify, which allows the distribution of music in an mp3 (or similar) digital format, the development of a chemical code for synthesis will allow users to share their code as a result of the digitisation 'Chemify' process. The code will be demonstrated both manually and on basic robotic systems available in our laboratory (GU) and with our international collaborators based in the USA (MB), Canada (AAG), Germany (PS), and Poland (BG) who are experts in modular organic scaffold synthesis (MB), computational chemistry and statistics for experimental design (AAG), robotic carbohydrate synthesis (PS), and networks and rules of chemical synthesis (BG). In the long term, the ability to automate the synthesis of molecules will lower the cost of manufacture by enabling the automatic and unbiased exploration of chemical space giving a digital code. Such codes are needed if chemists are to develop systems that ensure reproducibility, and the ability to explore new reactions and statistics driven design of experiments to target unknown molecules. Recently we took a key step to encoding a multi-step synthesis into a digital blueprint,1 but the vision to go from code to molecules represents a gigantic problem. In this proposal, we will aim to develop a chemical ontology for synthetic chemistry that will lead to the first version of a programming language for chemical synthesis. We will then demonstrate the code can be used to synthesise important molecules, already robotically synthesised by us, and examples from our collaborators in the USA, Germany, Canada and Poland on the same universal 'chemputer' synthesise robot.
Key Findings
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Potential use in non-academic contexts
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Impacts
Description This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Summary
Date Materialised
Sectors submitted by the Researcher
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Project URL:  
Further Information:  
Organisation Website: http://www.gla.ac.uk