Research at the MolES Institute

Molecular engineering is recognized by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the areas of education and research most critical to ensuring the future economic, environmental and medical health of the U.S. This highly interdisciplinary field emphasizes engineering at the molecular level rather than traditional large-scale process engineering. It encompasses the most exciting and challenging areas for future growth in virtually all the traditional engineering fields, but also requires intimate contact with the latest developments in chemistry, biology, physics and predictive modeling.

“The Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute was designed to be flexible and responsive – capable of aligning its efforts with the most creative molecular engineering research wherever such research is occurring.” Pat Stayton, Institute Director

Research at the Institute for Molecular Engineering & Sciences is centered around two main themes: BioTech and CleanTech. These focus areas were identified based on UW research strengths, potential for impact at UW and in Seattle, and availability of exciting career opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. They articulate a strong vision for university-led research and education that would have near-term and long-term impacts on societal needs and challenges. The Institute leverages UW’s collaborative culture and expertise in molecular science and engineering to amplify the impact of molecular engineering. The Institute accelerates translation by integrating directed basic science research with an engineering focus.