Pioneering ‘Lab of the Future’ to be piloted at University of Leicester
Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 April 2012
The University of Leicester is involved in a pioneering national pilot that will make use of cutting-edge technology in a science lab.
A group of organic chemistry students from the Department of Chemistry will be taking part in the Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) pilot. This is part of an EPSRC funded Dial-a-Molecule Grand Challenge that seeks to promote research aimed at a step change in the ability to deliver synthetic molecules quickly and efficiently.
Dr Andrew Jamieson, lecturer in organic chemistry, who will coordinate the pilot at Leicester, said “ELNs are the most cutting edge technology available for recording experimental data. It is therefore very exciting for Leicester students to be involved in the development of this technology from the outset.”
Sixteen UK universities have been selected to take part in the pilot that will take place from April until September, 2012. During the pilot the students will trial cutting edge computer software designed to replace paper lab books.
Dr Jamieson expanded: “The development of this software will allow students to use electronic tablets such as iPads to record their experimental results and paper lab books will become a thing of the past.”