About Us


Annual report cover

The Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute (MolES) brings together engineers and scientists from across the University of Washington to develop molecular-based solutions for urgent societal problems and to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers and innovators. You can learn more about the Institute in our annual report.

We believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and sovereignty are integral to achieving our mission. At MolES we seek to foster an inclusive culture that celebrates differences in identity, background, and experiences free from biases or hostility. We strive for continuous improvement, and we will continue to embed principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and sovereignty into our work. 

MolES acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

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Addressing complex challenges that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries

MolES was founded in 2009 by the UW College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Medicine, and Vice Provost for Research to catalyze cross-cutting, translational research in the areas of biotech and cleantech. Since its founding, MolES has become a global leader in molecular engineering education and research, launching one of the first molecular engineering Ph.D. programs in the world and providing critical resources to advance the development of novel materials, devices, and technologies for a healthy and sustainable future.

Accelerating molecular engineering through modern infrastructure

The Molecular Engineering & Sciences building opened in 2012 on the UW campus to provide dedicated spaces for molecular-scale research and instrumentation. It houses numerous faculty research groups as well as the Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF), a state-of-the-art facility with extensive microscopy, spectroscopy, and surface science capabilities for the characterization of molecules and molecular assemblies.