Bringing scientists, engineers, researchers and industry together

The Directed Assembly Network has worked closely with industry since its inception in 2010. Our scientific themes focus on directed assembly, disassembly, translation and scale-up. We connect researchers in academia and industry, across all relevant disciplines. We aim to inspire new collaborative research programmes and to identify and remove barriers, whether scientific or logistic, that stand in the way of achieving these goals.

If you would like to join and take part in the Network’s activities, please get in touch.


Academic and Industrial members

The network is made up of both academic and industrial members. Engagement between these two communities maximises the economic benefits and impact to industry and academia as well as society as a whole.

Conferences and Workshops

The network hosts various workshops though the year with a focus on the shared multidisciplinary vision and research agenda for the Network members. The meetings bringing together experts, researchers and industrial members.

The network encompasses a number of industrial sectors including:

  • Pharmaceuticals & life sciences
  • Healthcare
  • Energy & utilities
  • Chemicals
  • Metals
  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Engineering & construction
  • Aerospace, defence & security
  • Automotive
  • Transportation

The network encompasses a number of industrial sectors including:

  • Pfizer
  • GSK
  • Proctor&Gamble
  • Unilever
  • JohnsonMatthey
  • AstraZeneca
  • IFormulate
  • Syngenta
  • NPL
  • KTN
  • Airbus
  • Bristol-MyersSquibb
  • StremChemicals
  • ManufacturingTechnologyCentreLtd
  • ShadowRobotCompany
  • Novartis
  • FujiFilms


The Roadmap has been constructed though close interaction with the Network community. Its purpose to determine areas of interest in the field of directed assembly, both now and looking forwards into the next 50 years.

Sandpits and pump prime funding

The two-day community led sandpits are held to develop and allocate the ‘Proof of Concept’ projects. Participation of all disciplines in the Network are encouraged to develop and submit innovative proposals.