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Research in the Digital Chemistry group is motivated by the fascination for complex chemical systems, and the desire to construct complex functional molecular architectures that are not based on biologically derived building blocks.


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August 2021: Cronin Group researchers feature in NASA short video on Universal Life Detection

Cronin Group researchers have appeared in a short video produced by NASA, describing their work on Assembly Theory and Universal Life Detection. In the video, Prof Cronin and other researchers working on the project describe how recent work in establishing an Assembly Index for molecular complexity, and detecting it experimentally using Mass Spectrometry, could be used to construct a universal life detector, which could detect the presence of biological molecules even if they are completely unlike those on Earth.

The video can be seen on YouTube, or on the NASA website.

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July 2021: Lee Cronin appears on the Armen Show podcast

Lee Cronin has appeared on The Armen Show podcast, which is described as “Science, Technology, and Discussion for the Lifelong Learner”. In the episode, Prof Cronin. discusses topics ranging from Chemical Evolution and information to philosophy and social media.

The full episode can be viewed on YouTube

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June 2021: Dr. Hessam Mehr Awarded Prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship

Congratulations to Cronin Group member Dr. Hessam Mehr on receiving a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, set to start in the School of Chemistry in May 2022. In his fellowship, entitled “Investigating the dark reactions present in chemical space”, Dr. Mehr will use probabilistic reasoning to understand the outcome of thousands of stochastic reactivity events. The aim is to infer the presence of dark chemical reactions: missing pieces in the reactivity puzzle that are necessary to explain the formation of unexpected new molecules.

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May 2021: Complex molecules hold the secret to finding aliens

In a new paper published in Nature Communications, titled “Identifying molecules as biosignatures with assembly theory and mass spectrometry”, Cronin Group researchers describe Assembly Theory, a new way of quantifying molecular complexity, which can be used to determine if a molecule required a biological system to create it. The complexity of molecules was also measured experimentally through mass spectrometry fragmentation, opening the door for the creation of a life detection machine. Since Assembly Theory relies on molecular complexity alone, the life detection process is …

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May 2021: Lee Cronin Gives SCI Talk on "The Robotic Alchemist"

Prof Cronin has given an online talk to the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), in which he describes his group’s work in developing a chemical programming unit (ChemPU), for use in intelligent robotic systems searching for new reactivity, reactions and molecules.

The talk can be viewed in full on YouTube

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April 2021: Lee Cronin Participates in Late-Night Conference

Prof Cronin has features in “Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck”, described as a “a series of livestreamed themed lectures and interactive discussions for students of science and those with an interest in science in general”. In the talk and interview, streamed on 1st April, Prof Cronin discussed his work on inorganic life, alien and artificial lifeforms, and chemical computers.

The full talk/interview can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msq06I_G2TA

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March 2021: Lee Cronin Features on ChemConvos Podcast

Lee Cronin has featured on the ChemConvos podcast, a podcast dedicated to “finding the story behind the scientist”. In the episode, hosts Medina Afandiyeva and Cronin Group member Henry Powell-Davies, chatted with Prof Cronin about everything from his research work into automating chemistry and the search for artificial life, to what it’s like managing a large group during a pandemic, and giving advice for new PIs on how to be successful.

The podcast can be found at https://anchor.fm/chemconvospod, or through other podcast outlets.

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February 2021: Lee Cronin Features on 'Evolution Soup' podcast

Lee Cronin has featured on the ‘Evolution Soup’ podcast, in which he discussed how evolution came before biology, and how evolution powers everything.

The full episode can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/gPeajFeQgyc

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January 2021: Cronin Group Member Dr. Hessam Mehr awarded Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Hessam Mehr on his award of a Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grant. Dr. Mehr will work with Whitehill Secondary School in Glasgow’s Dennistoun suburb to translate his experience developing the digital chemistry paradigm into a series of hands-on workshops on digital chemistry geared towards high school students.

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December 2020: Lee Cronin to Give Lockdown Lecture on 21st Dec at 16:00 GMT

Lee Cronin will give his final ‘lockdown lecture’ of 2020 ‘Making a Chemical Brain or Computing with Chemicals’ on 21st Dec at 16:00 GMT.

The lecture will be given over zoom and is open to anyone who would like to attend. The zoom link is http://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/96763272389

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December 2020: Lee Cronin to Give Lockdown Lecture on Thursday 10th Dec at 14:30 GMT

Prof Cronin will give another lockdown lecture on Thursday 10th Dec at 14:30 GMT. The lecture, titled ‘The Invention of Digital Chemistry. What? Why? How?’, will be given over Zoom, and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Zoom link for the lecture: uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/92564454452

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November 2020: Lee Cronin to give Lockdown Lecture' on 25/11/2020

Prof Cronin will give a “Lockdown Lecture” titled “The RNA world illusion” on 25/11/2020 at 1600 GMT. The lecture is open to anyone who is interested, and will be given over Zoom.

Zoom link for the lecture: uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/92367567260

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Prof. Leroy (Lee) Cronin

Prof Leroy (Lee) Cronin
Regius Chair of Chemistry
Cronin Laboratory
School of Chemistry
Joseph Black Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Tel: +44 141 330 6650
Email: lee.cronin@glasgow.ac.uk

Latest Publications

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452. [Fe15]: a frustrated, centred tetrakis hexahedron

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451. Robotic Stepwise Synthesis of Hetero-Multinuclear Metal Oxo Clusters as Single-Molecule Magnets

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450. Standardization and Control of Grignard Reactions in a Universal Chemical Synthesis Machine using online NMR

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449. A robotic prebiotic chemist probes long term reactions of complexifying mixtures

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448. Identifying molecules as biosignatures with assembly theory and mass spectrometry

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447. A molecular computing approach to solving optimization problems via programmable microdroplet arrays

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446. Influence of the Contact Geometry and Counterions on the Current Flow and Charge Transfer in Polyoxometalate Molecular Junctions: A Density Functional Theory Study

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445. Elucidating the Paramagnetic Interactions of an Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Radical-Functionalized Mn-Anderson Cluster

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444. Automatic Generation of 3D-Printed Reactionware for Chemical Synthesis Digitization using ChemSCAD

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443. Optimization of Formulations Using Robotic Experiments Driven by Machine Learning DoE

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