Dial-a-Molecule is an EPSRC funded Grand Challenge network addressing the challenge 'How can we make any molecule (by an optimum route, in the desired quantity) in days rather than years', by developing new ways of working to make synthetic chemistry more successful and versatile. The network is particularly keen to engage mathematicians to help build programmes of work around predictive synthetic chemistry.
In one strand of the initiative, Dial-a-Molecule recognises the power of Statistical Design of Experiments and Principal Components Analysis. These approaches have already proved to be effective in a chemistry setting and are used to some extent in, for example, the pharmaceutical industry. However their potential is not fully appreciated or realised, particularly in academia. The network aims to stimulate increased education and deployment of the techniques, underpinned by strong collaboration between chemists and statisticians.