Researchers create device for 3-D printing of small molecules

March 14, 2015 2:27 PM

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Researchers create device for 3-D printing of small molecules

A new device has been developed by researchers from the University of Illinois, which serves as a 3-D printer. It can operate at the molecular level to collect complex small molecules and that too just with help of a computer. Today, most of the medicines comprise complex small molecules and this new approach could help develop more such drugs. This technology could also prove its potential in field of chemical technology.

According to chemistry professor and medical doctor Martin D. Burke, who was involved in the research, "We wanted to take a very complex process, chemical synthesis, and make it simple. Simplicity enables automation, which, in turn, can broadly enable discovery and bring the substantial power of mak...

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