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).
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 Dialamol@soton.ac.uk
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