Molecular science and engineering: a powerful transdisciplinary approach to solving grand challenges

Published in April 2017, this paper provides an overview of the emerging concept of molecular science and engineering – melding a deep understanding of molecular science with an engineering mind-set – as a powerful way to tackle global challenges, such as the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

The molecular science and engineering approach can be seen as a particular example of the ever-more popular 'convergence' style of research. As part of this growing worldwide community, IMSE is ideally placed at Imperial to deliver – in conjunction with external partners – an accelerated and flexible route to commercially ready innovative products and materials.

The paper also describes how IMSE's ongoing community-building and research-driving activities – built on our three guiding pillars – can help break down commonly encountered obstacles in convergence-style research.