3-D-printed reactors construct complex small molecules
Approach aims to standardize chemical synthesis so anyone can do it
C&EN, Volume 96, Issue 4, p. 6, News of The Week
Issue Date: January 22, 2018. Web Date: January 18, 2018.
Constructing complex chemicals could one day be as easy as building an Ikea bookshelf, if a synthesis approach developed by chemists at the University of Glasgow catches on. Instead of relying on a hex key as the central tool in the assembly process, molecule makers would use a three-dimensional printer. Leroy Cronin and colleagues report a chemical manufacturing process that uses customized, 3-D-printed, sealed reactors that users load with chemicals according to simple instructions. more...