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    Chemputer

    September 9, 2012 By Guest Contributor 1 Comment

    by David Fuchs

    Clean Technica (Chemputer - CleanTechnica)
     
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    The "chemputer" concept itself is very cool. The ability to replicate a number of common drugs from one machine would be very useful in remote locations (like an naval vessel or an Antarctic Research station). Prescriptions could be compounded remotely. A lot of interesting possibilities..

    But the author takes some GIANT leaps into MATERIALS fabrication that are not in evidence. THere's a diff between replicating a chemical molecule and making a material. In the case of polymer Solar Cells for example, it's not the CHEMICAL nature of the compound but the way the molecules are arranged that make the differences. And that is something NOT required for most pharma apps I'm aware of. That molecular alignment and in some cases SELF-ASSEMBLING characteristics gets more into nanotech than mere chemical construction. And to boot -- polymer Solar has yet to prove its own viability in the competition with OTHER film Solar products and mainstream semiconductor Solar.

    Same comment on battery development. Most of the huge advances are in the nanofab and molecular alignment of the electrode structures -- not the basic chem formulations..
     

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