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Northwestern University Joins Chicago Quantum Exchange


Northwestern University is the newest entrant to University of Chicago’s Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) to enhance and advance academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information.

As a new member, Northwestern will contribute institutional expertise in secure quantum communications and materials to CQE.

The Chicago Quantum Exchange, an intellectual hub and community of researchers housed in the Institute for Molecular Engineering, aims to promote the exploration of quantum information technologies and the development of new applications.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are already members.

“The inclusion of Northwestern within the Chicago Quantum Exchange expands our collective research and expertise in key areas of science and technology,” David Awschalom, director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, said.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing on board leading researchers who are helping accelerate discoveries in secure communications and quantum materials, and will ultimately help strengthen one of the largest quantum research efforts in the U.S.”

Researchers at Northwestern are already designing ways to create quantum materials more quickly and economically, and are producing novel materials to create large-area qubit arrays with the potential to operate up to room temperature. It has the potential to revolutionize quantum computing and information processing.

Last month, IBM Q also joined the hub to explore the field of quantum computing, including investigations into materials, fabrication techniques, algorithms, and software and hardware development.

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