RWTH Aachen University creates and spreads knowledge and developes scientific solutions as well as technological innovation for society. In the context of the excellence initiative the profile formation as "integrated interdisciplinary technical university" was launched and successfully improved. The topic molecular science and engineering (MSE) is settled at the border between science and engineering, which interconnects chemistry, biology, process engineering, industrial engineering and medicine as one of the eight profile areas of RWTH Aachen University.

Research in the profile area Molecular Science and Engineering founds basic knowledge and creates technological know-how for the understanding, design and development of molecular transformations, processes and materials which interact in all scales in a dynamic and determined way in order to form complex adaptive systems.