The MDPI Sustainability Foundation

The groundwork of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation was laid in the 1980s. It is based on Dr. Shu-Kun Lin’s early conviction that compounds developed by chemists around the world should be collected, preserved, and shared. In 1996, Dr. Lin founded MDPI - Molecular Diversity Preservation International - to achieve this goal of chemical compounds sustainable preservation. The collection and distribution of chemical samples was transferred to the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, registered in 2012, and operated by Mollmall Sarl on behalf of the Foundation. Since then, Dr. Lin’s interest in sustainability has widened considerably and he is now strongly committed to support societally relevant research that contributes to regional and global efforts toward a sustainable world. As part of this effort, MDPI has initiated the World Sustainability Forum (WSF), an international conference at which the World Sustainability Award will be conferred.


The vision of the Foundation is to preserve diversity, important for academic research and its wider global implications. The initial focus was limited to preservation of chemical compounds through the deposit and exchange of rare molecular and biomolecular research samples. These samples may then be made available to the scientific community for future research purposes and contribute to further scientific developments. Future steps are to expand this preservation effort to other types of samples and resources.


The mission of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation is to
  • safely and permanently preserve significant chemical samples,
  • share and exchange other rare samples worldwide, and
  • make the samples available to other professionals by creating synergies through scientists publishing their research in dedicated journals.


The purpose of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation is to
  • globally conserve molecular diversity through the conservation of synthesized chemical compounds,
  • coordinate international efforts for conserving molecular diversity,
  • systematically collect and store molecular and biomolecular samples,
  • make the samples and the associated scientific information globally accessible, and
  • promote scientific dialogue and the exchange of information between interested organizations.