Autonomous mobile Robot Chemist!

robot chemist

Robots have been making our lives easy and comfortable. Robots are machines that are programmable by a computer and capable of doing complex actions automatically by themselves by the given coding inputted. There is a new lab mate to give you company!

Researchers designed an autonomous mobile robot chemist. It can complete tasks way faster than the average time taken by a human scientist to complete the same task.

Individuals of the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom designed this robot chemist and published their work. The team was led by Andrew Cooper. It included Benjamin Burger, Phillip M. Maffettone, Vladimir V. Gusev, Catherine M. Aitchison, Yang Bai, Xiaoyan Wang, Xiaobo Li, Ben M. Alston, Buyi Li, Rob Clowes, Nicola Rankin, Brandon Harris, and Reiner Sebastian Sprick

This new chemist is driven by a batched Bayesian search algorithm. It was able to perform about six hundred and eighty-eight experiments for eight days straight.

In addition, it even navigated its way through the lab in dark. Unlike other instruments termed as robots, this is different as this works not to do a specific thing only, but perform and use instruments like a human.

Robot Chemist
Robot Chemist

Robot Chemist

It uses laser scanning and touches feedback to move and navigate around its surroundings instead of vision. It does not require a human-like face.

This chemist is able to also automatically wheel itself around the lab and complete experiments. It uses its incredibly sensitive and precise arm without the manipulations of vials with human arms.

The set up takes less than half a day and it can work autonomously for twenty hours and more straight. They built it in such a way so it fits the existing labs. It does not need specializing modifications.

The robotic chemist ran reactions to optimize hydrogen production from light and water. Parameters such as what chemicals would be used and what all types of questions would be asked were set by the human researchers.

This robot chose from ninety-eight million different possible experiments and autonomously conducted them itself in the lab to discover the optimized substance for the catalyst.

It was able to refine its discoveries using five hypotheses to narrow down the most optimized formulae. At the end of this process, It was able to discover a new catalyst. This was six times more reactive than the ones which were previously discovered.

This is the beginning of having robots work and help discover things in many fields. Currently, the team is working to include other features like voice recognition and other intelligence.

They built this not to take away the jobs and positions or replace humans entirely. But to be a collaborative and helpful partner to assist the human scientist in the labs.

During these times of the pandemic especially, where one must maintain social distancing this is a good initiative. Instead of pausing in research work, they can carry on regularly like they used to with the help of these robots who would help them out. 

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