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AI-driven lab speeds catalysis research (phys.org)

TLDR; Summary

  • Researchers at North Carolina State University developed Fast-Cat, a self-driving lab using AI for catalytic reaction analysis
  • Fast-Cat provides more info in 5 days than conventional testing in 6 months
  • Published in Nature Chemical Engineering, the lab focuses on yield and selectivity in chemical reactions with ligands
  • Fast-Cat autonomously runs experiments, learns from previous ones, and optimizes reaction outcomes
  • Results are scalable and relevant for industrial manufacturing, with potential applications in chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • Software and hardware of Fast-Cat are publicly available for further research and adoption