click chemistry

microfluidicchip

Click chemistry is a chemical philosophy introduced in 2001 by K. Barry Sharpless that describes chemistry tailored to generate substances quickly and reliably by joining small units together. This is inspired by the fact that nature also generates substances by joining small modular units (wikipedia).

“Scientists at UCLA have developed a new microfluidic device capable of performing 1,000 simultaneous in situ click chemistry reactions, which can identify chemicals that bind to proteins”. via.

I think of this device as the future “protoboard” for chemistry, where rapid experiments can be tested and where possible new findings and mistakes can also take place. I’ll be waiting for the time when a diy kit arrives.

For more details about the project, including a complete list of authors, visit the UCLA newsroom.

Also, this site contains an interesting repertoire of links, protocols and glossary related to click chemistry.



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