Molecular science is the foundation of all applied research. For example, the understanding of atmospheric chemistry and combustion chemistry, the development of new materials, and the exploration of life science are all based on molecular science. Because molecular science is essential to the understanding of the nature of chemical reactions, its advancement enables scientists and engineers to develop important applications in the corresponding areas. Therefore, all developed countries strongly support fundamental research in the area of molecular science. In Taiwan, the country is moving toward the direction of development of high-tech industry. To achieve this goal, a large number of scientists with solid background in basic science are definitely needed. For this reason, the Institute of Molecular Science (IMS) has been established at the National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) for the purpose of training excellent graduate students and researchers and integrating research groups for frontier interdisciplinary research. In particular, the research teams in IMS of NCTU will attempt to make significant contributions or research of renewable energy, nano-science, and biotechnology.
NCTU has one of the best teams in basic research among Universities in Taiwan, and has gained international recognition. The research environment at NCTU is particularly suitable for interdisciplinary projects among physics, chemistry, material science and life science. The Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Science (CIMS) has been established in July, 2003. Prof. M. C. Lin, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Emory University, USA, and an Academician of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, was appointed as a Chair Professor and the Director of CIMS for the promotion of interdisciplinary basic research in NCTU. In 2004, a chair professorship was offered to Yuan-Pern Lee, the National Chair Professor, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, to head the newly established IMS in the department of Applied Chemistry of NCTU. IMS has started offering a M.S. program in 2005 and expects to offer its Ph.D. program starting 2007. Before 2007, the Ph.D. program will be offered through the Institute of Applied Chemistry. The faculty members of IMS will be in close collaborations with members of the Department of Applied Chemistry.