The Institute for Molecular Engineering is at the forefront of an emerging field. This exciting new field involves the incorporation of synthetic molecular building blocks including electronic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological components into functional systems that will impact technologies from advanced medical therapies to quantum computing. The IME is the largest new academic endeavor that the University has taken on since the founding of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy in 1988.
The IME was created by the University of Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, which brings leading scientists and engineers and world-class facilities to the endeavor, including the Advanced Photon Source, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and the Center for Nanoscale Materials.
In May 2013, the University of Chicago’s Council of the University Senate approved the Institute for Molecular Engineering’s PhD program, thus launching the first engineering graduate program in the history of the University of Chicago.
IME students come from diverse academic backgrounds, including all fields of physical, biological and computational sciences, and have joined in the quest for breakthrough scientific discoveries and technological advancements that aim to address the world’s most pressing problems.