Columbia to Continue Creating Programmable Quantum Materials

The U.S. Department of Energy renews Columbia’s Energy Frontier Research Center with a four-year $12.6 million grant.

August 26, 2022

Columbia University quantum researchers have successfully recompeted for an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) grant, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week. Columbia’s current EFRC on Programmable Quantum Materials (Pro-QM), established in 2018, will receive $12.6 million over the next four years to advance new materials, tools, and physics that enable the on-demand creation and control of quantum phases. 

To develop new quantum devices, including quantum computers, sensors, and networks, researchers need to be able to control the quantum properties of materials and light, areas of research with a long history of breakthroughs at Columbia. 

In addition to DOE funding, New York State is also providing support to the center with a matching commitment of up to an additional $500,000 from Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)

Dmitri Basov, Higgins Professor and Chair of Physics at Columbia, will continue to lead the center, which brings together theoretical and experimental scientists as well as engineers at Columbia, the University of Washington, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. 


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This article was written by Ellen Neff and was originally published by Columbia Quantum Initiative.