Keynote Session: “Digitizing Chemical Synthesis and Discovery using Chemputers
With one of the largest multidisciplinary chemistry-based research teams in the world, Dr. Cronin’s group at the University of Glasgow is developing the concept of ‘Chemputing’ which enables the universal digitization of chemistry, in order to create artificial life forms, find alien life, further explore the digitization of chemistry, understand how information can be encoded into chemicals and construct chemical computers.
Unlike digital electronics and the Internet, which relies on open standards and formats allowing universal implementation, chemistry is in the dark ages. This is because chemistry relies on expert users to design, carry out and analyse chemical processes making universal reproducibility and automated discovery impossible. In our work we have developed the concept of ‘Chemputing’ which enables and exploits, the universal digitization of chemistry. The key to achieving that is finding a practically implemented approach to the translation of a chemical synthesis of known molecules, as well as enabling discovery of new molecules, making important molecules into a universally executable set of instructions or chemical programs.