Molecular Engineering PhD Program



The Molecular Engineering (MolE) PhD program at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary graduate program housed in the Graduate School, supported by the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, and administered by a committee comprised of representatives from Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Materials Sciences & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  The program offers students the opportunity to work with roughly 130 faculty members from over 20 different departments and great flexibility in structuring their degree around interests in Biotech or CleanTech.

Molecular engineering is a dynamic and evolving field that takes a rational approach to engineering highly-complex, multifunctional molecular systems, drawing on fundamental principles shared across various fields of engineering and sciences that develop materials with organic, biological or inorganic/organic hybrid molecular architecture.  Through this training program, students gain a broad understanding of fundamental molecular descriptions of matter (including synthesis, modeling and characterization) and deep knowledge of molecular systems. Trainees are taught to design and characterize molecules and systems of molecules, model molecular system behaviors and inspire new molecular designs, and recognize and exploit molecular and nanoscale system constraints that impact system functionalities.

In summary, the MolE PhD provides students with backgrounds in engineering, science, or medicine the opportunity to:

  • Customize an engineering degree program relevant to your research interests in clean technology or biotechnology that builds on your degree in engineering or natural science.
  • Develop a systemic, rational approach to engineering molecular systems that can be applied in fields as diverse as energy, healthcare, or technology.
  • Collaborate with distinguished faculty from departments and colleges across the UW.
  • Meet nationally and internationally recognized experts in the developing field of molecular engineering, collaborative faculty, and like-minded colleagues.
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation for molecular-scale analysis.
  • Distinguish yourself as an expert in an interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research area, prepared for a leading career in molecular engineering and sciences – in industry, at a national lab, or within academia.