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Artificial intelligence & robotics

Alain Vaucher

Simplifying the synthesis of novel compounds.

Year Honored

IBM Research Europe


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Chemists are always trying to figure out how to make new kinds of molecules. Usually, this requires a lot of research and lab experiments to get it right. Alain Vaucher, 31, made it his goal to simplify the synthesis of novel compounds. He created an AI system that analyzes related compounds to determine the chemical recipe for any molecule you desire. Via an online platform, researchers can draw the skeletal structure of the molecules they want to make. The AI then predicts which ingredients it will need, and under what conditions and in which order they should be mixed. A robot connected to the cloud then executes the instructions.