Electronics and programming workshop at EU network meeting
At a recent meeting of the EU Future-Emerging-Technologies/One-Flow Network in Bielefeld University (Germany), Dr Matthew O’Brien from the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Keele delivered a practical training workshop on the use of microcontrollers and programming in chemical synthesis systems. Focussing on the use of the Raspberry Pi single-board-computer and the ESP32 microcontroller, the morning sessions included an introduction to coding (in C and Python) as well as the basics of electronic interfacing. In the afternoon sessions, Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick (University of Cambridge) introduced some aspects of computer vision, optimisation algorithms and networking.
From Professor Steven V. Ley (University of Cambridge, One-Flow network PI):
".....The way we practice chemical synthesis is undergoing profound change, enabled in part by the advent of new hardware and software technologies. For instance, inexpensive single board computers and micro-controllers (such as the Raspberry Pi and ESP32), as well as user-friendly development environments and programming languages, are making it far easier these days for scientists to harness the power of modern automation and intelligent control methodologies in their research. This workshop, developed by Dr O'Brien and Dr Fitzpatrick, has given the members of our network a really useful practical introduction to the use of these emerging technologies in the context of chemical synthesis....."