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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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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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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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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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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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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Universal Language to Program the Chemputer ‘Chemical Processing Unit: ChemPU’ published in Science

The universal language to program the chemputer ‘Chemical Processing Unit: ChemPU’ has been published in Science. In this paper the team shows how chemical synthesis literature can be automatically translated and run on a robotic platform to synthesise the compound without the need for any manual steps. The expert chemist uses the system to translate the literature to the chemical code (XDL) and …

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Cronin Group Member Jaroslaw Granda Awarded Polish Returns Fellowship

Congratulations to Cronin Group member Dr. Jaroslaw Granda, on his award of a Polish Returns fellowship, a fellowship awarded to outstanding early-career researchers to conduct independent research in Poland. With this award, Jaroslaw will be taking up a young investigator position at the Institute of Organic Chemistry in the Polish Academy of Sciences, with a focus on applying machine learning to …

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Lee Cronin Gives Virtual Talk at University of Toronto

Lee Cronin has given a talk as part of the “Lectures at the Leading Edge” seminar series at the University of Toronto, delivered remotely from Glasgow using Zoom. In his talk, titled “Chemical Space: Designed or Discovered”, Prof Cronin set out to address three questions: What defines chemical space and how can it be searched or designed from the bottom up? How can …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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435. Digitizing Chemistry Using the Chemical Processing Unit: From Synthesis to Discovery

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434. Convergence of multiple synthetic paradigms in a universally programmable chemical synthesis machine

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433. Peptide sequence mediated self-assembly of molybdenum blue nanowheel superstructures

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