Collegium Basilea

(Institute of Advanced Study)

Centre for Molecular Recognition

What is its relevance? The interaction of drugs with cells, biocompatibility of surgical implants, sensors for clinical diagnostics, and allergic reactions are just a few of the areas in which molecular recognition, especially at liquid/solid and air/solid interfaces, lies at the core. Recent experimental and theoretical advances have enabled a coherent bridge between the macroscopic, mesoscopic and microscopic (molecular) phenomena to be built for the first time. The Centre is dedicated to applying this knowledge to practical problems.

Who should be interested? The Centre exists to promote scientific exchange between academic institutes and the regional, national and international community of medical and environmental experts. A wide range of theoretical and experimental expertise is available to facilitate joint research at the interfaces between biology, chemistry, physics and their applications, an interdisciplinary approach which is especially attractive to industry.

Why a partnership relation? The major challenges of high technology solutions to medical and environmental problems can best be met by a concerted, convergent approach of scientists and engineers from different backgrounds and disciplines. The Centre provides an attractive, flexible framework sustaining applied and fundamental work.

How can my organization join? Prospective partners should contact the Director, CMR, with whom a framework for the first year will be established (e-mail:

Research Groups

Jeremy Ramsden