IMSE's overaching aim is to find molecular-based science and engineering solutions to grand challenge problems facing our world. Such challenges include:

  • Making clean and affordable water supplies available to everyone around the world;
  • Finding effective ways to inhibit the spread of infections and to limit the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance; and
  • Realising a viable and sustainable global energy supply to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of anthropogenic climate change.
"The holistic thinking behind IMSE is very encouraging, forward-looking and will go a long way to solving important issues" - Paul Raithby, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Bath

To achieve these ambitions, IMSE co-ordinates a range of integrated activities that are based upon three guiding pillars.