Dial-a-Molecule Enabling Technologies Summer School
Loughborough University’s STEMLab facility was the perfect venue for the first Dial-a-Molecule Enabling Technologies Summer School, organised by the Dial-a-Molecule EPSRC Grand Challenge Network and supported with a Scientific Meetings Grant from RSC Organic Division.
AUTHOR: Gill Smith
Over the course of a week, 24 PhD students from 18 different institutions were introduced to statistical Design of Experiments, flow chemistry, real-time analytics, 3D printing, CAD and novel reactor technologies. Using a mixture of talks, workshops and practical lab sessions the concepts were brought to life.
Guided by experts in their field from industry and academia, participants were able to carry out a designed set of 18 experiments using basic flow kit, see 3D printing in action, get hands-on experience with CAD software and understand how interactive apps can aid reactor design. The summer school also included case studies illustrating the importance of the technologies, demos from equipment suppliers and ample time for informal interaction with the trainers.
This year’s event was heavily over-subscribed, so Dial-a-Molecule aims to hold a similar summer school in 2019. Offers of sponsorship would be very welcome! Please contact Gill Smith, Dial-a-Molecule Network Coordinator.
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