Researchers from Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame are collaborating to develop quantum technologies for industry and government as part of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Quantum Technologies. Purdue says it will serve as the lead site while IUPUI is also planning to contribute.
Purdue says the Center for Quantum Technologies will work with a variety of industries, including computing, defense, chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and materials. The university says the researchers will develop “foundational knowledge into industry-friendly quantum devices, systems and algorithms with enhanced functionality and performance.”
“This collaboration allows us to leverage our collective research expertise to address the many challenges facing multiple industries using quantum technology,” said Sabre Kais, center director and distinguished professor of chemical physics in Purdue’s College of Science. “As a university with world-leading engineering and science programs, and faculty members whose work focuses on many areas of quantum research, Purdue is a natural leader for this center.”
According to Purdue, quantum science and engineering can help save energy, speed up computation, enhance national security and defense and innovate healthcare.
“Through critical partnerships and collaboration with experts from across the state of Indiana, government and leading industries nationwide, the CQT will accelerate innovation and advance revolutionary research and technologies,” said Theresa Mayer, Purdue’s executive vice president for research and partnerships. “Purdue is thrilled to lead the CQT and further Indiana’s efforts to cultivate the quantum ecosystem.”
Industry and government partners include Accenture, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Cummins Inc., and Eli Lilly & Co., among others.
In addition, Purdue says the CQT will train quantum scientists and engineers to create a pipeline of skilled quantum workers. The CQT is funded for an initial five years through the NSF’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers program.