Columbia University and the School of Engineering boast many of the world's finest interdisciplinary institutes, centers, and initiatives. Equipped with the latest technology, tools, and equipment, they create an ideal environment in which our professors and their students can be creative and thrive.

The Chemical Engineering Department's professors and students are integral contributors to this interdisciplinary research. They collaborate within and outside the Columbia research community to further our understanding of our world. 

Here are a few of the interdisciplinary centers and institutes at which we do research.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

The Columbia University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is an interdisciplinary team of university, industrial, and national laboratory scientists and engineers working together to develop and examine new types of nanocrystals and ways of assembling them into thin films. 

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1998. The Foundation renewed its commitment to MRSEC in 2002 with $7.2M grant covering six years. Faculty from six academic departments are involved with the MRSEC, along with faculty from the City College of New York (CCNY). The center now focuses on the synthesis of complex metal oxide nanocrystals and ways of assembling them into useful films.

Columbia Genome Center

The Columbia Genome Center is an interdisciplinary center at Columbia University, whose goal is to expedite the adaptation of novel genomics technologies to enable breakthrough discoveries in biological and biomedical science. The Genome Center is an NIH-designated Molecular Libraries Screening Center.

We have strong ties to the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and the Center for Human Genetics and are active participants in postgraduate mentoring and training.