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Directed Assembly


Directed Assembly is an EPSRC-funded Grand Challenge network aiming to gain unprecedented control of the assembly of molecules that are the building blocks of many functional materials, consumer and industrial products.

The aim is to understand the assembly of the very small, and through this to explore the methods that will allow production of new types of useful materials at a whole range of length scales from the nano-scale to the everyday.

Publications in the Directed Assembly article collection will span the focus areas within this theme, and highlight the latest developments being made towards realising the Grand Challenge.

Edited by: Dr Julian Rose, Professor Paul Raithby and Professor Harris Makatsoris.


  1. Content type: Research Article

    The quality of material medicine resources has had a considerable impact on the development of the health industry, which has created a bottleneck for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Dendrobium officinale, wh...

    Authors: Chunhua Zhou, Zhenshan Xie, Zhouxi Lei, Yuechun Huang and Gang Wei

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2018 12:40

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  2. Content type: Review

    Over the past few decades, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have proved themselves as strong contenders in the world of porous materials, standing alongside established classes of compounds such as zeolites and...

    Authors: Alexander J. Tansell, Corey L. Jones and Timothy L. Easun

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2017 11:100

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  3. Content type: Meeting Report

    To showcase the Networks’ success during phase two (2012–2016), and to set out the strategy for phase three (2017–2019), the Directed Assembly Network held a meeting at the Royal Society in London, United King...

    Authors: J. A. R. Rose, P. R. Raithby and C. Makatsoris

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2017 11:77

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  4. Content type: Research article

    This study has demonstrated the use of crystallography, topology and graph set analysis in the description and classification of the complex hydrogen bonded network of triamterene. The aim is to give a brief o...

    Authors: David S. Hughes, Amit Delori, Abida Rehman and William Jones

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2017 11:63

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  5. Content type: Mini review

    A critical appraisal of the current strategies for the synthesis of enantiopure drugs is presented, along with a systematic background for the computational design of stereoselective porous polymers. These mat...

    Authors: Tessa Jalink, Tom Farrand and Carmelo Herdes

    Citation: Chemistry Central Journal 2016 10:66

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