Promoting Accessibility of Enabling Technologies and Low-Cost Automation

Promoting Accessibility of Enabling Technologies and Low-Cost Automation

When: Friday, 18thJanuary, 2019

Where: Materials Innovation Factory, University of Liverpool


This one day meeting will provide researchers with information and ideas about how automation can be applied to different areas of research and will elucidate options for seeking access to equipment in order to apply it to their own research ideas.

There will be a range of talks from both academia and industry presenting case-studies of the use of an enabling technology in their research, such as high-throughput synthesis platforms, flow reactors, or low-cost automation, to promote their use and demonstrate the benefits of embracing automation in research. There will also be a session on what capabilities are available in the UK with the routes on how to access them. Confirmed speakers include Lee Cronin (Glasgow), Matt O’Brien (Keele), Anna Slater (Liverpool), Nessa Carson (AMRI), Nick Warren (Leeds) and Ben Deadman (ROAR).

Preliminary Agenda:

9.30 – Registration (tea and coffee)

10.20 – Introduction

10.30 – Case Studies: High-Throughput Automation Platforms

Andy Cooper, University of Liverpool

Varinder Aggarwal, University of Bristol

12:00 – Poster session and Lunch (included) & tours of MIF/automation at Liverpool

13:30 – Case Studies: Flow Chemistry and low-cost automation

Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow

Matthew O’Brien, Keele University

Nick Warren, University of Leeds

Anna Slater, University of Liverpool

15:00 – Coffee Break (opportunity to discuss how the technologies presented so far could be applied for your research, and/or discuss potential new collaborations)

15:30 – Enabling Access (capabilities and routes to access)

Ben Deadman, ROAR, Imperial College London

Kathryn Knuckey, Materials Innovation Factory

Richard Bourne, Dial-a-Molecule

16:25 – Concluding Remarks

16:30 – Networking and Wine reception

17:30 – Meeting Close

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a poster to promote networking and discussion – this is not limited to the use of an enabling technology in their research, for example, posters covering the development of low-cost automation equipment, or if you are looking to set up a collaboration to incorporate some automation in your research, would be welcome.

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool!

ECR Bursaries: There will be a small number of bursaries available for early career researchers to attend this meeting. Please contact

Registration: Attendance at this meeting is free and registration is open here

Organiser: Dr. Becky Greenway, Dr John Ward, Dr Ben Alston

Acknowledgements: We thank the Organic Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design for supporting this event