Molecular Science and Technology Program   TIGP



About MST program

Academia Sinica has established the Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) in collaboration with a consortium of key national research universities in Taiwan.  The purpose of this Program is to develop the research manpower pool in those modern multidisciplinary fields that are important in the future economical and social development of Taiwan and to enhance the innovative potential and academic standards of research in these and related fields.

The MST program emphasizes establishment of problem-solving ability and developing individual¡¦s self-reliance and self-confidence to conduct independent research work. In this program, faculty members will take turns to serve as mentors for first-year students until they have formally joined a research group to conduct their thesis study, which should take place within the first two semesters after their admission into this graduate program. As a rule, students complete a program of required courses before embarking on the research training. The MST program adopts a team-teaching system, where each faculty member teaches the subject according to his or her expertise. Courses offered include required and elective courses. All courses will be delivered in English.

Research Topics

The following research fields constitute the spectrum of the Molecular Science and Technology (MST) graduate program:

  1. Chemical dynamics and molecular spectroscopy: This topic currently focuses on studies of structures and dynamics of molecules, ions, radicals, and transient species, and covers mechanisms involved in photodissociation , reactive scattering, energy transfer, and elementary reactions in atmospheric and combustion chemistry with cutting edge tools such as laser spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Research subjects also cover reaction and solvation dynamics, relaxation, diffusion, and phase transformation in liquids, solids, surfaces, and interfaces using FT-IR, Raman, fluorescence, UV-VIS, NMR, and single-molecule spectroscopic approaches.  
  2. Functional materials: This subject focuses on syntheses and characterization of novel functional materials, such as microporous zeolites and mesoporous aluminosilicates, porous carbons, carbon nanotubes, organic optoelectronic materials, inorganic membranes and films, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, metal-incorporated materials, and colloidal crystals. Interdisciplinary efforts in utilizing these novel materials for nano-scaled sensing, adsorptive, catalytic, and energy-related (e.g., solar and fuel cells, and fuel storage) applications promise prominent prospect.
  3. Biomolecular structures and dynamics: This subject presently covers (1) spectroscopic and spectrometric characterization of biomolecules, clusters, and biopolymers, biological energy conversion, (2) biolabeling and biosynthesis assisted by nano-structured materials, (3) development of novel analytical biotechnologies for facilitating the study of molecular structures of DNA, proteins, and nucleic acids etc., (4) dynamics of protein folding and ligand binding in hemoglobin and myoglobin, and of electron transfer in metalloproteins and photosynthetic systems. and (5) Refolding dynamics of virus envelope proteins by fluorescent and spin labeling; molecular recognition of cellular receptor by viral fusion protein.
  4. Ultrafast laser technology and high-field physics: This area currently focuses on the development and application of high-intensity ultrafast laser technology, such as 100-terawatt-class femtosecond lasers, waveform synthesis, laser wakefield electron accelerators, soft x-ray lasers, plasma nonlinear optics, transient plasma photonic devices, high-harmonic generation, proton acceleration, keV coherent x-ray sources, and femtosecond gamma-ray sources.
  5. Light-matter interactions and optical controlling: This area focuses on comb laser applications, laser cooling of atom, Bose-Einstein condensation, molecule cooling and trapping, quantum control of atomic states and molecular dynamics, frequency-stabilized lasers, laser spectroscopy of atoms, nonlinear optics, quantum optics and high precision optical measurements.
  6. Molecular electronics: This area focuses on designing and fabrication of electronic/optoelectronic and electroluminescent/photovoltaic devices, and field effect transistors based on thin films, spintronics, monolayers, and single molecules. In addition, novel lithographic techniques have been developed to create electronic and/or molecular devices based on semiconductors, high-temperature superconductors, magnetic superlattices, and heterostructural materials, etc. The optical, electrical, and magnetic properties of these exotic materials are also explored.
  7. Theoretical and computational chemistry: This area focuses on development and application of theoretical methods, such as ab initio calculation of electronic and molecular structures, quantum dynamical calculations of atomic scattering and chemical reactions, and molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems in gas/liquid phase, protein folding, etc.


        The MST program office is located in IAMS, Academia Sinica which is inside National Taiwan University campus in Taipei.In the following map of NTU, building 40 is the location of IAMS, Academia Sinica.

NTU campus


To NTU from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

By Taxi:

Taxis queue outside the Arrival Halls of both Terminal £L and Terminal II of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Airport taxis charge according to the meter plus a 50% surcharge (highway tolls not included). Typical fare to NTU is around NT$1,200.

By Bus:

  1. Where to buy tickets/board the bus:
    Ticket counters are located in the Arrival Passenger Reception Areas of both Terminals.
    Terminal I Bus Platform: On the southwest side of the Arrival Passenger Reception Area.
    Terminal II Bus Platform: On the northeast side of the Arrival Passenger Reception Area on the first floor of the terminal.
  2. Adult single fares vary from NT$ 110 to $140.
  3. The journey time is about 1 hour in moderate traffic.
  4. Two bus companies now provide frequent services between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and downtown Taipei: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
  • Taiwan Bus Corp. (Kuogong Line): to Taipei Railway Station You may take a taxi to NTU for approximately NT$130~NT$150.   If you only have light packages, this is a good way to save money. You can get off at Taipei Main Station MRT Station, take MRT ¡§Red Line¡¨ and get off at the stop ¡§GongGuan¡¨. Go out the station and walk to NTU campus.
  • Toward You Air Bus: to Taipei Railway Station You may take a taxi to NTU for approximately NT$130~NT$150.   If you only have light packages, this is a good way to save money. You can get off at Taipei Main Station MRT Station, take MRT ¡§Red Line¡¨ and get off at the stop ¡§GongGuan¡¨. Go out the station and walk to NTU campus.

Shuttle Bus Schedule (NTU<---->Academia Sinica)


AAAddress: Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences,Academia Sinica     P.O. Box 23-166,Taipei,Taiwan 106,ROC