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.