The Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) is an interdisciplinary research institute in chemistry and physics at Radboud University. Its mission is to perform fundamental research to understand, design and control the functioning of molecules and materials. The scientists at the institute make use of unique research facilities , including one of the strongest magnets in the world with a coupled laser laboratory.
Center of excellence
The IMM performs at the highest international standards. It trains the next generation of leaders in science and entrepreneurship and actively explores and promotes the interaction with industry and the application of its fundamental research. Amongst many others, applications lie in the fields of electronics and medicine.
The IMM was founded in 2001 when the Nijmegen SON Research Centre and the Research Institute for Materials merged to form a bigger institute, that in 2005 became the IMM. The Institute for Molecules and Materials is the Centre of Excellence where around 250 (bio)chemists, physicists, theorists and experimentalists, work closely together to unravel and control the functioning of molecules and materials at the smallest length and time scales.
The research facilities fulfil a central role in the collaboration of many IMM scientists. The High Field Magnet Laboratory combined with the precisely tuned lasers in the FELIX Laboratory, the scanning probe microscopes, NMR and Trace Gas Facilities are widely used in all the research fields.
Outside the university
It is not only the research that counts. Education is equally important. We prepare our PhD candidates for careers in and outside the academic world with research training, seminars and lectures. Eighty percent of the PhD candidates end up in a career outside the university. We like to give students the opportunity to meet relevant people in business and to do internships in companies or in top institutes abroad. Our business and international network is elaborate.
Scientists can be single minded and the challenge for the IMM is to create a coherent research environment. To increase its impact and encourage collaboration the research is organised in three different themes around the facilities: Structure and Dynamics of Molecules, Chemistry of Complex Systems, and Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials.