Synthesizing of complex small molecules is one complex and time consuming task that researchers perform in the laboratory. Sometimes a chemist spends years to figure out how to build the molecule and describe its functionality.
In an attempt to improve this situation, a group of researchers from the University of Illinois has created a machine that aims to assemble complex small molecules at the push of a button.
Complex small molecules are used extensively in research of all sorts of scientific fields. These complex small molecules are used in new drug development and in lots of other fields of study as well.
Making those molecules is a major obstacle to drug innovation. The researchers believe that the new molecular machine they created has the potential to significantly increase the speeds at which these necessary molecules can be created. Increasing the speed that the required complex small molecules can be produced will in turn allow for faster and more efficient development of things like new drugs.
The team says that much of the work in complex molecular structures is slowed due to the time consuming production of the complex small molecules.
The machine works is quite extraordinary. It is capable of breaking down complex molecules into basic chemical building blocks. It is like building block with LEGO brick. They all share the same connectors, but may be totally different from one another.
The prospective this new machine could bring for new rapid drug discovery as well as new chemical spawned technologies could be surprising. That’s where the future may be headed!
The molecular components used in the machine all have a common connecting system so they can be quickly and securely connected together. All of the chemical building blocks are available commercially right off the shelf.
The synthesis machine could revolutionize organic chemistry, turning it from a slow, painstaking process to a made-for-order business.