Automation

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News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Developing cleaner chemical processes often involves sophisticated flow-chemistry equipment that is not available in many economically developing countries. For reactions where it is the data that are important rather than the physical product, the networking of chemists across the internet to allow remote experimentation offers a viable solution to this problem.

    • Ryan A. Skilton
    • , Richard A. Bourne
    • , Zacharias Amara
    • , Raphael Horvath
    • , Jing Jin
    • , Michael J. Scully
    • , Emilia Streng
    • , Samantha L. Y. Tang
    • , Peter A. Summers
    • , Jiawei Wang
    • , Eduardo Pérez
    • , Nigist Asfaw
    • , Guilherme L. P. Aydos
    • , Jairton Dupont
    • , Gurbuz Comak
    • , Michael W. George
    •  & Martyn Poliakoff
  • News and Views |

    Creating chemical systems that can model living systems is far from easy. However, the evolution of oil droplets in water through the application of artificial selective pressure to produce droplets with dramatically different — yet specific — behaviours, is an encouraging step in this direction.

    • Andrew J. Bissette
    •  & Stephen P. Fletcher
    Nature Chemistry 7, 15–17