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21.5 million Euro for gravity program QuMAT: Materials for the Quantum Age

02 May 2022

Today it was announced that 142 million euros were awarded within the Dutch gravity program for seven projects. 21.5 million Euro of that go to QuMAT: Materials for the Quantum Age. Congratulations to the main investigators Daniel Vanmaekelbergh (lead, Utrecht University), Mikhail Katsnelson (Radboud University Nijmegen), Bart van Wees (University of Groningen), Kobus Kuipers (TU Delft), Ageeth Bol (TU/e), Cristiane Morais Smith (Utrecht University) en Alexey Kimel (Radboud University Nijmegen).

The project in a nutshell

Silicon forms the basis of the current information society, instrumental in increasing human welfare. However, there is a never-ending demand for more powerful computing. “Materials for the quantum age” aims to provide proto-type materials with stable coherent quantum states. These will enable classic computing to become much more powerful and at the same time more energy efficient. Moreover, robust quantum states remaining coherent under affordable conditions will allow to upscale powerful quantum computing.

Groningen participants

From the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the Faculty of Science and Engineering - University of Groningen Bart van Wees, Caspar van der Wal, Jagoda Slawinska, Marcos H.D. Guimarães, Justin Ye, and Petra Rudolf participate in the program. Looking forward to great collaborative science across NL!

More info

NWO press release: https://www.nwo.nl/en/news/more-142-million-euros-groundbreaking-fundamental-research

Press release of Utrecht University (lead): https://www.uu.nl/nieuws/ruim-40-miljoen-voor-onderzoek-naar-levende-cellen-en-kwantum-materialen

Contact in Groningen: Prof.dr.ir. B.J. van Wees

Last modified:03 May 2022 1.56 p.m.

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