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.

Cronin Group Blasts Experiment into Space

The Cronin group have successfully placed a digital chemistry experiment into orbit aboard a DIDO 2 nano-satellite. The experiment extends the groups ground-breaking work in the digitisation of chemistry, exploring the formation of a drug in a microfluidic device. It is hoped that this experiment could pave the way for the development of drug printing devices for space exploration, allowing for the production of drugs on demand from a minimal set of chemicals.

The satellite was launched in partnership with SpacePharma, a company specialising in microgravity experimentation, aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation PSLV-C37. The rocket launched successfully in the early hours of 15th February, and set the record for the most satellites launched on a single mission (104 satellites, the previous record being 37).

University of Glasgow Press Release

BBC news article on the launch

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Prof. Leroy (Lee) Cronin

Prof Leroy (Lee) Cronin
Regius Chair of Chemistry
Advanced Research Centre (ARC)
Level 5, Digital Chemistry
University of Glasgow
11 Chapel Lane
Glasgow G11 6EW
Tel: +44 141 330 6650

Latest Publications


476. An artificial intelligence enabled chemical synthesis robot for exploration and optimization of nanomaterials


475. An autonomous portable platform for universal chemical synthesis


474. Robotic synthesis of peptides containing metal-oxide-based amino acids


473. Selection of assembly complexity in a space of tetrapeptides


472. Digitization and validation of a chemical synthesis literature database in the ChemPU


471. Formalising the pathways of life to using assembly spaces


470. Engineering Highly Reduced Molybdenum Polyoxometalates via the Incorporation of d and f Block Metal Ions


469. Effective Storage of Electrons in Water by the Formation of Highly Reduced Polyoxometalate Clusters

468. A Probabilistic Chemical Programmable Computer


467. Digitizing Chemical Synthesis in 3D Printed Reactionware

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