We believe that creative individuals advance science, making discoveries that will benefit humanity. This Research Center for Basic Science, established in 2014, will lead in understanding the principles of soft and living matter. Research problems are selected to embrace some of the greatest scientific challenges of the 21st century. We take a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines chemistry, physics, theory, computation, materials science, and biology. Steve Granick
Competitive EdgeThe broad expertise and sophisticated equipment of this Research Center will have a decisive competitive edge. Institutions elsewhere in the world are under economic stress, and increasingly under pressure to pursue short-term engineering of an applied nature, whereas the IBS is designed as an environment for advancing long-term fundamental research questions.
Scientific ProfileThe subjects encompass the chemistry and physics of biomolecular science; the intellectual complexity of complex materials; the puzzles of understanding structure and dynamical processes of matter far from equilibrium; the mystery of what is life.
Impact on SocietyUnderstanding of soft and living matter underpins vital societal needs: health issues with ramifications from genetic development to nanomedicine, and environmental issues from climate change and water purity, to affordable energy. Numerous industries revolve around applying these principles: among them, liquid crystals, synthetic polymers, membrane systems, protein assays, and bioengineering.