IMSERC’s mission is to further research at Northwestern by providing access to and educating students on the proper use of instrumentation needed for molecular structure characterization. IMSERC has been established to educate Northwestern students to be scientific leaders of 21st century, and support world-class research. The synthesis of small molecules fuels research of numerous core disciplines and interdisciplinary activities, including chemistry, molecular/cellular biology, drug discovery, chemical biology, translational medical research, materials, catalysis, nanotechnology and energy storage/conversion. All research at Northwestern utilizing novel compounds relies on IMSERC to characterize these molecules before application testing can begin. As a “one stop shop” for molecular structure characterization, all instrumentation and staff scientist offices are located in a single location.