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reactionware

Custom-built laboratory containers (labware) that test chemical reactions because the reagents are built into the container material. The idea of fabricating such containers with low-cost 3D printers came from Professor Lee Cronin at the University of Glasgow. For more information, visit www.chem.gla.ac.uk/cronin. See wares.
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Using the technique, the researchers created the muscle relaxant baclofen, and also produced anticonvulsant and ulcer drugs using different reactionware. The process could be extended to produce many other different types of medicine.
Lee Cronin will describe his work in 3D Printing of chemical reactors and reactionware to develop new systems for the potential to discover and manufacture chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals.
In a hybrid system, his team were able to 3D-print test tubes --'reactionware'--and use the 3D printer as an 'automated bartender', pouring liquids to allow the reactions to occur.