Research Philosophy

Our research is centered around the theme of improving the quality of life by solving fundamental problems that impede human progress on global issues. We adopt a style of research that starts new projects by identifying practical problems and by approaching them with tools from diverse scientific disciplines:

“ … To make fundamental discoveries, an approach that starts with practical problems, and uses them to reveal unsolved fundamentals problems, will work at least as well as (and arguably better than) one that starts with the familiar questions of familiar disciplines. … A focus on the practical does not mean ditching fundamental science. It means using fundamental science for a purpose, and practical problems as a stimulus to curiosity. …”
G. M. Whitesides and J. Deutch, Nature. 469, 21–22 (2011).

Areas of Research