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 John A. Paulson 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 and is funded through 2023. Other partners include Mount Holyoke College, Wellesley College, Bunker Hill Community College, Prince George’s Community College, Gallaudet University, and The Learning Center for the Deaf. CIQM researchers explore new quantum materials for use in devices that promise to revolutionize communication, sensing, and information systems. These materials include graphene, other 2D crystal layers, topological insulators, superconductors, and color centers in diamond and other solid state crystals

The Museum’s Strategic Projects Group provides education and public outreach for the Center, as well as science communication workshops and coaching for its students. CIQM co-sponsors the Museum’s annual NanoDays with a Quantum Leap, the Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition, The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, Museum presentations, the NanoNerds YouTube Channel, and films and podcasts on quantum science and technology

CIQM’s director and principal investigator is Robert Westervelt at Harvard University. Carol Lynn Alpert is CIQM co-PI and co-director, based at the Museum of Science (MOS). Gary Harris and Tina Brower-Thomas are CIQM co-PIs and co-directors at Howard University. Raymond Ashoori is CIQM co-director and co-PI at MIT. Megan Litwhiler serves as CIQM Program Manager at MOS. Author and illustrator David 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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