Complex Molecular Systems

Research Institutes

Alliances are shaped and people make it happen

ICMS allies with universities all over the world. The trigger to initiate these valuable connections are numerous. Complementarity, common interest to overcome scientific hurdles, inspiring each other and educating researchers via e.g. exchange programs are a few of the drivers for collaborating with others. Examples of academic parties with whom we have warm relations are:

Northwestern University, USA

Super-resolution microscopy reveals structural diversity in molecular exchange among peptide amphiphile nanofibres, Nature Communication, published this research by Northwestern University and ICMS in 2016. Sam Stupp, a renowned researcher of Northwestern University and TU/e distinguished professor at ICMS since 2009, also embraces the theme self-assembly of materials and molecules. Along the lines of this theme many joint scientific activities have been organized the past years. In 2017 Sam Stupp has been assigned distinguished professor for a second term.


Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany and ICMS have a close and successful scientific collaboration in the field of materials science.  Recently, Bert Meijer has been appointed External Scientific Member at the Max Planck Society for Polymer Research. The MPG and Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research are delighted with the membership that further broadens the materials scope, one of the main research subjects at this Max Planck Institute.
Both organizations benefit from complementary infrastructure and views on materials science and continuously search for opportunities to jointly advance materials science. We enable our young and talented researchers to combine chemistry, materials, physics, biology, mathematics, and molecular engineering to address a few of the world’s most important scientific and societal challenges.  


Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is a leading-edge multidisciplinary research centre based in Barcelona that conducts excellent research at the frontiers of basic and life sciences linked with engineering to generate new knowledge and applications that helps to enhance health and quality of life.
IBEC create wealth by putting together biophysics, cell engineering, nanomedicine, biomaterials, tissue engineering and the applications of information technology to health.
IBEC is a non-profit-making foundation set up in 2005 by the Departments of Health and Innovation, Universities and Enterprise of the Government of Catalonia, the University of Barcelona and the Technical University of Catalonia.
At IBEC, frontier research is combined with specific transfer targets to produce new applied technologies to be used in life and health sciences. We have the versatility to generate excellent research and, at the same time, work with clinicians and industry to develop new diagnostic or treatment systems. The model envisaged by IBEC is inspired by a creative, innovative new ecosystem based on interaction between research experts in different enabling technologies (nano-bio-info-cogno) to generate new knowledge and engineering solutions in health technology.
The knowledge that exists in IBEC is placed at the service of science and society to progress in three major research programmes:
·       Bioengineering for future medicine, with the aim of developing technology that goes beyond the existing paradigm of medical care in hospital to incorporate new areas such as personalize medicine, tailoring diagnostic and therapies to the individual, optopharmacology, diagnosis and therapies based on mechanobiology and nanomedicine.
·       Bioengineering for active ageing, with the aim of developing care and technology and improve the quality of life of an increasing older population. Assisted living technologies such as mobile health solutions, including home-based devices and services for remote monitoring, consultation and diagnosis are developed..
·       Bioengineering for regenerative therapies, with the aim of developing regenerative technologies to allow the creation of implants able to bring about the regeneration of damaged tissues or organs and to develop cell therapies.