Collaborative Institutes

Collaborative research tackles some of the most challenging issues of our time. Joint initiatives leverage intellectual and technical resources at Argonne, Fermilab, and the University of Chicago to develop science with meaningful applications—such as evaluating potential outcomes of drug therapy in individual cancer patients through the Cancer Genome Project. Researchers and scientists from the labs can partner with faculty through the University’s more than 140 institutes and centers.

Solving Issues at the Molecular Scale

In 2010, the University launched the Institute for Molecular Engineering to address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design at a molecular scale. The Institute was created in partnership with Argonne, which brings leading scientists and engineers and world-class facilities to the endeavor, including the Advanced Photon Source, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and the Center for Nanoscale Materials. Molecular engineering incorporates molecular building blocks into electronic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological components to build functional systems that will impact an array of technologies, from advanced medical therapies to quantum computing and energy.

Matthew Tirrell is the inaugural Pritzker Director and Professor in the Institute of Molecular Engineering at UChicago and a Senior Scientist at Argonne.

Harnessing the World’s Most Powerful Computers

The Computation Institute was established in 2000 as a joint endeavor between the University and Argonne to advance science through innovative computational approaches across a range of disciplines. In its first 10 years, the institute received $123 million in external support to fund such pursuits as understanding the economic impact of green technology deployment and pioneering cloud computing.

Ian Foster

Often referred to as the “father of grid computing,” Ian Foster is the Director of the Computation Institute, an Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Computer Science at the University. Foster has led the development of methods and software that underpin many large national and international cyber infrastructures.

Professor in Chemistry and Director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Ka Yee Lee (left) and team have invented a synthetic material that exhibits both strength and reversibility.