Interfaces are ubiquitous in nature, and solution to almost all technological and medical problems requires understanding and controlling interfacial structure and interactions. The field of interfacial science and engineering is highly interdisciplinary and encompasses diverse areas of activities from studies of the fundamental properties of interfaces, to the development of new medical procedures and of new materials with unique properties for myriad applications.

Therefore, the IEI serves as a meeting place for teams of scientists, engineers and medical professionals, working together to solve critical still open problems.

The IEI serves as hub for interdisciplinary research, where new technologies are developed, and brought to market.

Faculty members from the NYU, Polytechnic School of Engineering, the Center of Soft Matter Physics, the molecular Design Institute, as well as the medical and dental schools, work together in the IEI on joint projects, sharing laboratories and characterization tools.

The IEI plays a major role in developing cutting-edge research, education, and training programs, emphasizing interface-related problems.

The IEI aims at creating a new breed of engineers by immersing students in a scientifically diverse environment to hone technical, entrepreneurial, communication, leadership and teamwork skills.