Complex Molecular Systems

Creating future technologies by mastering complexity

Molecules constitute the world around us—both natural and synthetic. Even we humans are teeming with molecules. Through understanding of complex molecular systems at the most fundamental level we are able to shape the future of materials, energy, mobility, health, and life itself. At TU/e, the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) performs research in this exciting field.


2nd IBEC-ICMS Joint Symposium on 16th July at IBEC in Barcelona

This event is in the framework of an alliance between the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS). With this event we take the next step in strengthening similarities and complementary aspects of both IBEC and ICMS which will form a basis for an institutional-level alliance to share people, resources and knowledge.

The event aims to identify synergies and potential for collaboration between IBEC groups and the researchers of ICMS. It is the 2nd edition of a series of joint symposiums that started in Eindhoven on September 2018.  During that symposium many natural connections initiated for the benefit of both our organizations. We therefore feel that there are excellent opportunities to further strengthen the ties between our institutes. Therefore, we are organizing a number of scientific exchanges and working on the identification of common research interests.

This second ICMS-IBEC Symposium will be a great opportunity to foster collaborations, strengthen the existing ones, and an opportunity for young researchers involved in the exchange program to present their activities in the partner organization.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Barcelona!


Researching fundamental matters

The TU/e research in Complex Molecular Systems is dedicated to a fundamental understanding of complexity in molecular systems. It address research challenges and pushes the boundaries of science by unifying basic principles of chemistry, biomedical sciences, engineering, physics and mathematics. The obtained knowledge provides the foundation for the development of future technologies in materials science, energy, mobility, and health.

In particular, we actively pursue two major goals. First, our focus is on the design and synthesis of smart materials for the creation of molecular devices. Secondly, we use our expertise to unravel the molecular complexity of living systems and to develop biology into an engineering science. The research, arranged in seven focus areas, is performed in the context of the TU/e's Institute for Complex Molecular Systems.

ICMS Highlights

Institute for Complex Molecular Systems

The Institute for Complex Molecular Systems is the interdisciplinary TU/e institute for research and education in the area of molecular complexity. Located at the heart of the TU/e campus, in walking distance from the contributing departments of Mathematics, Engineering, Chemical Technology, Biomedical Sciences, and Physics, the institute brings together excellent researchers of all kinds, enabling cross-fertilization of ideas across departments and across disciplines.

Since 2008, ICMS creates and maintains a versatile and fruitful research environment to

  • identify the underlying academic research questions;
  • enrich the scientific toolbox and infrastructure;
  • train talented researchers in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • inspire researchers through industrial research challenges;
  • expand and diversify the TU/e expert network in Complex Molecular Systems.




TU/e research in Complex Molecular Systems thrives thanks to alliances with industry and research institutions, both nationally and internationally. These provide meaningful input, enhance the research relevance and strengthen the TU/e efforts in mastering complexity.

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