The Cronin Group

Research in the Cronin 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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Finding Aliens Using a New "Pathway Complexity" Approach

The Cronin group have developed a new approach to complexity, which could help determine if objects such as molecules or artefacts were created by living systems. By this new approach, that we call ‘pathway-complexity’, it is possible to measure the complexity of an object by determining the minimum number of steps it would take to create the object from its simplest components, in which duplication of intermediate structures is permitted. By using this approach, we aim to set a threshold above which the number of steps required at a minimum would be so high that it would be unlikely or impossible for the object to form in abundance without the assistance of biological functions. The publication can be found on the Arxiv pre-print server

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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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