Today, Wednesday 1st December, the University of Adelaide unveiled its Quantum Materials Strategy, with an emphasis on cutting-edge basic research and delivering new quantum-based technologies for a safer, more prosperous and healthier world.
Quantum materials were the backbone of the transformative revolution in quantum technologies in the late 20th centuryNS Century, resulting in solid-state transistors used in almost everything today, lasers for communications and medicine, efficient solid-state lighting, solar power, storage, and fiber optics for communications.
“We are now on the cusp of a second quantum technology revolution with the hope and expectation that quantum material research will deliver revolutionary technologies for next-generation communications, navigation, computing, cybersecurity and biomedicine,” said Professor Glenn Solomon, Inaugural Professorship for Hicks of Quantum Materials, University of Adelaide.
âWe are building a coherent and collaborative quantum materials research program across all University of Adelaide schools that will lead to new and random discoveries and emerging technologies. These will contribute to new concepts in physics and shape Australia’s future industries. “
The university’s quantum material strategy provides:
- Development of confident and first-class skills in fundamental and applied quantum materials research;
- Become a trusted industry and defense partner;
- Place among the five best universities worldwide specializing in quantum materials;
- Build a well-trained workforce for future industrial, defense, and academic environments.
âQuantum materials use the extraordinary effects of quantum mechanics to produce exotic and often unbelievable properties; To provide insights into nature and to support new technologies, âsaid Professor Solomon.
“They have strange, intriguing properties that fuel our conceptual understanding and can be used to deliver devices with new capabilities in telecommunications, defense, and medicine.”
New materials emerging from university research have many potential uses, such as the sterilization of food, water, and air; in new electronics and optics for electric and automated vehicles, in power grids, in a variety of defense applications; in high-precision timing systems for navigation and in quantum information.
“We are now on the cusp of a second quantum technology revolution, with the hope and expectation that quantum material research will deliver revolutionary technologies for next-generation communications, navigation, computing, cybersecurity and biomedicine.” Professor Glenn Solomon
“The University of Adelaide has created a world-leading ecosystem of people, institutions and partnerships in the field of quantum materials,” said Professor Peter HÃ¸j AC, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide.
“This builds on the university’s historical strengths in physics, engineering and materials science.”
“Through a focused co-investment and cooperation strategy with industry, defense and government, we have laid the foundations necessary to build a multi-billion dollar quantum materials industry in South Australia.”
Education and training will be an important part of the quantum material ecosystem at the University of Adelaide.
“We will provide cutting-edge multidisciplinary training that will bring out the future leaders in the field,” said Professor Solomon.
The Quantum Materials Strategy aims to encourage the top five universities in the field worldwide to work together, grow and support quantum materials research and attract talented people to top class in teams supported by the necessary infrastructure To do research.