A Conversation With Martin Burke | August 3, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 31 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 93 Issue 31 | p. 40 | Q & A
Issue Date: August 3, 2015

A Conversation With Martin Burke

The organic chemist discusses his automated chemical synthesizer
By Sarah Webb
Department: Science & Technology

Martin D. Burke, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, made waves in the synthetic chemistry and chemical biology communities earlier this year with a Science paper describing a machine that automates small-molecule synthesis (C&EN, March 16, page 3). The device represents a first step toward an instrument analogous to a peptide or oligonucleotide synthesizer, allowing chemists and other scientists greater access to complex natural products. Sarah Webb recently spoke . . .

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Sarah Webb is a freelance writer. A longer version of this interview first appeared in ACS Central Science: http://cenm.ag/burke.

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