Moving forward: New home in White City promises an exciting future for chemistry

The Department of Chemistry has a history of pioneering new territory: the Royal College of Chemistry was the first of the four constituent colleges which later merged to become Imperial College London.

Today, we have an exciting vision for the future of chemistry at Imperial, housed in the new state-of-the-art facilities we are developing at the White City Campus.

The new building, the Molecular Sciences Research Hub, will allow researchers to collaborate more easily, both inside and outside College. This cutting-edge enterprise will seed a new molecular sciences neighbourhood that connects with work in other synergistic areas including synthetic biology, data sciences, and the movement to personalise healthcare.

Next door to the new building will be the Translation and Innovation Hub, housing major technology partners, new start-ups and fast-growth technology companies. This will create exciting possibilities for us, bringing our research together with industry to confront the grand challenges of energy, healthcare and the environment.

From 2018 onwards, undergraduates will continue their taught studies and basic laboratory training in South Kensington before moving to the exceptional new facilities at the White City Campus during their BSc or MSci extended research projects. The Department's large and growing postgraduate research student community will also be based at the White City Campus.

In this move, we have an unprecedented opportunity to create a new networked research environment with no barrier to entry where we can truly do things differently. With the support of a broad community of advocates who care about the future of the department, we can maximize the potential of our new elite facilities and make a profound contribution to both academia and society.

If you’d like to find out more about the role you can play in helping the department to achieve its goals, please do speak to my colleague in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Head of Development Marcus Rees-Roberts on +44 (0) 20 7594 6135