Topics: Molecular Science and Engineering, Transdisciplinary, Grand Challenges
Briefing paper
Publication date:
April 2017



Authors: Claire S. Adjiman, Nicholas M. Harrison and Shoshana Z. Weider

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.

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

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