Lee Cronin

Making matter come alive

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Filmed Jan 2011 at TEDGlobal 2011
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Before life existed on Earth, there was just matter, inorganic dead "stuff." How improbable is it that life arose? And — could it use a different type of chemistry? Using an elegant definition of life (anything that can evolve), chemist Lee Cronin is exploring this question by attempting to create a fully inorganic cell using a "Lego kit" of inorganic molecules — no carbon — that can assemble, replicate and compete.

Lee Cronin
/ Chemist

A professor of chemistry, nanoscience and chemical complexity, Lee Cronin and his research group investigate how chemistry can revolutionize modern technology and even create life.  Full bio.

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