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Directed Assembly Network © 2010-
In this Grand Challenge we aim to gain unprecedented control of the assembly of molecules that are the building blocks of many functional materials, consumer and industrial products. The Network aims to accelerate and form a focus for this process.
We start by understanding the assembly of the very small, but methods we explore will allow production of new types of useful materials at a whole range of length scales from the nano-
Such materials will have outstanding impact in areas of societal importance such as personalised healthcare and food production, transport systems and fuel production, housing construction and consumer electronics.
Prof Paul Raithby
Prof Harris Makatsoris
Dr Julian Rose
To continuously develop and nurture an environment for the research community that extends beyond Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, to establish multi-
The Directed Assembly Network launched in October 2010 and was tasked with developing a Roadmap from across all relevant disciplines, from industry and other end-
We were also tasked with enabling collaborative research by bringing people together to share knowledge and discuss areas of common interest.
In the two years following our launch we organised 13 community meetings attended by hundreds of participants, as well as participating in many other meetings organised by other groups.
Through those events and other feedback we’ve captured the thoughts of the community on future developments. The outcome of that is our research roadmap.
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Over 1,000 academic and industry members from across the UK.
We connect researchers in academia and in industry, across and between all relevant disciplines, to inspire new collaborative research programmes which work towards our aims and to identify and remove barriers, whether scientific or logistic, that stand in the way of achieving these goals.
The Network is sponsored by EPSRC to best determine how the field of Directed Assembly can develop strategically over the next 50 years. The science itself is boundary-
Developing a deeper understanding of assembly processes is vital for creation of new materials of great importance, from pharmaceuticals and food-
Our interests in biological and biomimetic systems have synergies with the work of the Synthetic Components Network, applications in the development of medical devices and great impact in the field of human health, hence we also look to take part in collaborative activities with scientists sponsored by BBSRC and MRC.
We have several volunteer speakers willing to discuss the work we do and we can give presentations at many levels:
In consultation with the research community, the Network Management Team focused its activities into five scientific themes:
These themes should not be seen as stand-
The Network has developed and evolved, based upon the findings and inputs of the community, to expand and incorporate those working in all three of the following ‘Challenge Streams’:
Read more in the Roadmap to Innovation
The Network Management Team is made up of the:
Principal Investigator, Co-