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University of Nottingham adopts DeepMatter’s DigitalGlassware platform

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DeepMatter aims to improve the reproducibility of chemistry experiments through its DigitalGlasswear platform.


By U2B Staff 

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The University of Nottingham’s School of Chemistry is partnering with a chemistry digitisation company, DeepMatter to explore how the company’s DigitalGlassware platform can improve data capture and analysis within undergraduate chemistry teaching.

The project, titled ‘data-led synthesis – an undergraduate project in chemical optimisation’ – would see undergraduate students performing a series of chemical reactions within DigitalGlassware over the course of four weeks.

Students in the project will use the DigitalGlassware programme which is an integrated software, hardware, and artificial intelligence-enabled platform to plan and conduct their experiments.

The programme includes sensors that monitor chemical reactions as they take place, providing data to help make experiments more successful and repeatable.

DigitalGlassware allows students to input data obtained through their chemistry experiments which will be recorded, coded and entered into a shared data cloud.

DigitalGlassware records the data accurately and systematically, thus significantly increasing the reproducibility of experiments.

Ultimately, this initiative aims to support chemists with the tools that will enable them to produce better results more quickly and at a lower cost.

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This partnership also aims to tackle the reproducibility crisis in chemistry. Up to 50% of research that is produced currently is deemed irreproducible, causing an estimated annual financial impact of $28bn in the US alone.

Digital platforms, such as DigitalGlassware have the potential to transform the chemistry industry through features that can mitigate this occurrence.

This collaboration comes as a part of the university’s digital teaching laboratory funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), that comes equipped with cutting-edge facilities used for research and teaching.

DeepMatter Chief Executive Mark Warne said that the company is delighted to be able to provide access to DigitalGlassware to the future chemists from the university. This partnership reflects the company’s support for the university’s initiative towards the digitisation of chemistry as well as introducing its students to digital tools.

Assistant professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Science at the university, Andrew Nortcliffe said that DigitalGlassware is a natural fit for the university’s teaching labs as it exposes students to data-led approaches, in a meaningful way.

Nortcliffe added that this initiative will prepare them to be more effective in their future careers.