The Institute for Molecular Engineering will lead engineering research and education in new directions, solve major technological problems of global significance, and continually inspire creative applications of molecular-level science.
Our mission is to translate advances in basic physics, chemistry, biology and computation into new tools to address important societal problems and, to create a research and teaching environment to enhance and transmit these capabilities from scientific generation to generation.
The Institute for Molecular Engineering, established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. Building upon the University of Chicago’s mission of cross-collaboration and cutting-edge research, IME will lead science and engineering research and education in new directions, solve technological problems of global significance, and continually inspire creative applications of molecular-level science.
Assembling a team of world-class researchers across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines, IME will translate discoveries in basic physics, chemistry, and biology into new tools to address important societal problems, and to create a research and teaching environment to enhance and transmit these capabilities from scientific generation to generation. By converging multiple disciplines, IME is well-equipped to develop breakthrough technologies through designated thematic areas.
With an organizational structure that transcends traditional boundaries, IME boasts the unique status of both an academic unit and an interdisciplinary research institute. IME brings together a group of renowned faculty, each with a dual appointment to Argonne National Laboratory, known for its state-of-the-art facilities and researchers. Coming from a myriad of disciplines, each faculty member brings a specialized expertise to our growing team to tackle challenging research goals.
Led by Pritzker Director Matthew Tirrell, the institute partners with other research institutions, corporate industry entities, and the global bioengineering community to develop game-changing new technologies. As IME expands its faculty, academic programming capabilities, and facilities, it will continue to be on, and indeed define, the forefront of engineering research and education.