Strategy, themes and impact
To make fundamental discoveries in the physical, mathematical and life sciences, and to educate the scientists of the future;
To integrate research across these areas in a multidisciplinary manner;
To apply these discoveries to the benefit of humanity.
The Faculty of Natural Sciences research strategy is to harness the strengths and breadth of our research to meet the changing needs of society, industry and healthcare, and to address the global challenges of climate change, energy, global health and security. Driven by the expertise and knowledge of academic staff in our Departments, we work to respond to emerging natural science issues and deliver on the priorities of our major funders. Teaching and training the next generation of scientists is a priority across the Faculty.
This approach embeds us firmly within Imperial's mission, guiding the development of our major research proposals, enhancing our multidisciplinary research, and helping us to allocate resources and support new initiatives as they arise.
Major multidisciplinary areas of research
Major multidisciplinary areas of research
Currently, our major interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary translational research initiatives are:
- With applications ranging from climate change to security science
- With applications ranging from drug discovery to infection and immunity
- With applications ranging from imaging to photovoltaics
Multidisciplinary research themes
Teams across disciplines and across Faculties coming together to address some of the world's most challenging problems.
Addressing major science challenges in climate, environment, energy, water and chemical research.
Space Science; Space Technology; Earth Observation and Remote Sensing; Telecommunications; Natural and Space Hazards; Positioning
Collaborative research at the interface of neuroscience and engineering across the Faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Natural Sciences
Climate Change and the Environment
The Grantham Institute drive forward climate and environment related research, translating it into real world impact and communication
Plasmonics and Metamaterials
A new class of materials where function is defined through structure rather than chemistry leading to remarkable effects
Ecosystems and environment
Researching food security, complex ecosystems and environmental change to tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world
Development and application of novel tools and technologies addressing major problems in the pharma, medical, biotech, personal care and agri-sciences
Computational science and engineering
A cross disciplinary field with roots in mathematics and computer science and with an area of influence that spans the entire science and engineering
Rapidly growing platform technology with the potential to impact on multiple application sectors
Aiming to provide a mechanistic understanding of how biological molecules function at the atomic resolution level.
Determining how complex biological systems function by integrating experimentally derived information through mathematical and computing solutions.
Find out how our collaborations with colleagues from across Imperial College and beyond are producing research with real world impact.
A technology platform that quickly produce lab-quality information from a single sample of bodily fluids.
Saiga Antelope Conservation
Saiga Antelope numbers declined by 95% in just 15 years but Imperial research has contributed to a great increase in their population.
Research at Diamond Light Source has led to a collection of new kit solutions to screen the crystallisation conditions of various membrane proteins
A new paradigm to electromagnetic studies, impacting the electromagnetic spectrum from static fields to optical frequencies.
Statistics in retail banking
Predictive models for guiding decisions concerning individual applicants and users of financial products, such as bank loans and credit cards
Bio Nano Consulting
The first consultancy in Europe to focus on the increasingly important intersection between bio- and nanotechnology,
A unique patented technology delivering greater conversion efficiency than competing solar cells