This century’s great advances in the molecular sciences will be made not within traditional disciplinary boundaries, but across them. The great scientists of tomorrow will define themselves not by their academic department or faculty, but by common research challenges, in energy, healthcare or sustainability.

CGI image of MSRH building
An impression of the MSRH building upon completion

This way of working is new. It requires an environment and infrastructure that enable seamless collaboration across the molecular sciences, where scientific discovery is not constrained by research spaces designed for the needs of twentieth-century sciences. The Molecular Sciences Research Hub, opening in 2017, will provide that environment and will be the new home for the Department of Chemistry at Imperial.

The MSRH supporting growth and innovation

Serving both as a local anchor and an international beacon, the facility will redefine the very nature of a university research building. It will co-locate world-leading scientists with entrepreneurs, partners from industry, SMEs including alumni-led spin-out vehicles, government agencies, policy units and public outreach stakeholders - an innovation pipeline like no other, all under one roof.

The new building at Imperial's White City Campus is essential to the realisation of our vision for a new chemistry and molecular sciences community. Its radical modular design creates a fluid research environment, the static laboratories of the past replaced with new reconfigurable spaces, designed to adapt to changing research needs. The aim is to create a building where the community can “dial up” research and teaching space in response to emerging priorities and new collaborations.

The MSRH will offer opportunities to:

  • Increase research capacity by making new academic appointments;
  • Promote bottom-up as well as research-led innovation;
  • Create a world-class research environment, with laboratories designed around the needs of today’s chemical and molecular scientists;
  • Establish and house multi-disciplinary research centres that will facilitate collaborations across College and with external stakeholders;
  • Nurture innovation and entrepreneurship through prototyping facilities and business incubator space;
  • Foster public and political debate about the place of chemistry in the twenty-first century;
  • Raise up the next generation of leaders in research and industry.