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Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM)

About This Collaboration

The Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM) is a National Science Foundation Science-Technology Center (STC), headquartered at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The Museum of Science, MIT, and Howard University are principal partners of CIQM, which launched in October 2013. The Museum provides education and public outreach for the Center, as well as science communication strategies and coaching for its students.

CIQM goes “beyond nano” in exploring the recently discovered realm of quantum materials (such as graphene, topological insulators, and diamond nitrogen-vacancy centers) that may transform signal processing and computation. This collaboration furthers the decade-long partnership between MOS and the Harvard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center which produced thousands of live museum presentations, guest researcher events, The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, the Talking Nano 6-DVD Set, the NanoNerds YouTube channel, podcasts, science communication workshops, and also helped launch the NSF Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network.

CIQM’s director and principal investigator is Robert Westervelt at Harvard University. Carol Lynn Alpert is CIQM co-PI and co-director at the Museum of Science (MOS). Gary Harris is CIQM co-PI and co-director at Howard University. Raymond Ashoori is CIQM co-director and co-PI at MIT. Karine Thate serves as CIQM Program Manager at MOS. Author and illustrator David Macaulay joins the MOS CIQM team in its quest to visualize the structure and function of quantum materials. Macaulay designed the CIQM logo, in collaboration with the MOS CIQM team and CIQM faculty.

CIQM logo

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Support provided by NSF DMR 1231319, through a sub-award from Harvard.

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