ARChemist: Autonomous Robotic Chemistry System Architecture

Fakhruldeen, Hatem, Pizzuto, Gabriella, Glowacki, Jakub and Cooper, Andrew Ian
(2022) ARChemist: Autonomous Robotic Chemistry System Architecture. In: 2022 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2022-5-23 - 2022-5-27.

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Automated laboratory experiments have the potential to propel new discoveries, while increasing reproducibility and improving scientists' safety when handling dangerous materials. However, many automated laboratory workflows have not fully leveraged the remarkable advancements in robotics and digital lab equipment. As a result, most robotic systems used in the labs are programmed specifically for a single experiment, often relying on proprietary architectures or using unconventional hardware. In this work, we tackle this problem by proposing a novel robotic system architecture specifically designed with and for chemists, which allows the scientist to easily reconfigure their setup for new experiments. Specifically, the system's strength is its ability to combine together heterogeneous robotic platforms with standard laboratory equipment to create different experimental setups. Finally, we show how the architecture can be used for specific laboratory experiments through case studies such as solubility screening and crystallisation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Unspecified)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 09:28
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 20:45
DOI: 10.1109/icra46639.2022.9811996
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