Many advances in medicine, energy production and space exploration depend on scientists and engineers inventing new molecules and materials. Unfortunately, we still synthesize molecules in a time-consuming and very manual fashion, which acts as a significant bottleneck to scientific progress. There is an increasing need for a laboratory automation robot for organic chemistry. Some chemistry automation solutions exist, but they are limited in both scope and cost. Thus, we are building a new low-cost chemical synthesis robot, with the ultimate goal of automating the most tedious and time-consuming chemistry lab operations: weighing solids, volumetrically dispensing liquids, setting up/monitoring/quenching a reaction and purification.

Laboratory for Emergent Nanomaterials