So he came to a happy day for addicts! Professor Cronin said about the creation, on the basis of 3D printer, invented a few years ago, machines for accelerated production of chemicals, drugs! It seems to be a useful invention turned out, but many are convinced that using it will be possible to create and drugs …
Professor Cronin — 39-year-old leader of a team of 45 world-class researchers at the University of Glasgow, which is mainly engaged in complex molecules. But the ambitions of scientists extend much further. A couple of years ago, speaking at a conference, Cronin formulated his goal as the creation of "inorganic life" capable of self-reproduction, and spoke about his success in the search for the "evolutionary algorithms" in inert substances.
Some of these experiments handy professor in the development of a new project: the creation of "downloaded" chemistry, which would allow people to "print" drugs they need at home.
"We have already learned how to create a molecule — says Cronin. — We have created a set of giant molecules. " But now itself the creation of complex molecules Cronin is insufficient. He is going to find its scientific research is an application that would have dramatically changed our lives. "I would like to thanks our drug development have become as accessible, which was music devices through Apple».
"The mixing of ideas generates new discoveries," — said Cronin. Thinking about how to adapt the idea of 3D-printing to the needs of chemistry, he came to the conclusion that the creation of complex shape up chemical elements — the idea of chemical 3D-printer that could be programmed to carry out chemical reactions in a specific sequence and receive as a result of , the desired molecule.
After a series of trial and error Cronin's team has learned to use as an ordinary sealant material to create a "print head" precisely defined sizes, which is connected with tubes of different lengths and diameters. Once "minilab" solidified, the printer introduced her "chemical ink" which gave rise to chain reactions.
In the role of "ink" are the prime agents of which form more complex molecules. "If you want to make sugar, then first you'll need a set of basic elements. The creation of complex molecules we started with some simple molecules. " Cronin indicates that almost all of the drug is carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and readily available materials such as vegetable oils and paraffin. So, having a chemical printer and a small set of "ink" can create almost any organic molecule.
"I can not imagine that all of a sudden become gangsters print drugs using our device," he says. The professor does not see your printer nothing but advantages.