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October 31, 2012

New Quantum-Nano Center Research Facility Opened in Ontario

The Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum (News - Alert)-Nano Centre (QNC), a research facility for quantum computing and nanotechnology was opened in Ontario, Canada in the main campus of the University of Waterloo.

The research center will enable researchers in quantum computing and nanotechnology fields to conduct advanced study of matter in a minute scale. It is expected that in-depth research will lead to new discoveries which will result in the development of new products and technologies in various industries encompassing energy and health care also.

Quantum computing, theoretical physics and nanotechnology have been instrumental in unraveling the secrets of the universe and matter besides developing the materials sciences field. The research and development undertaken in these fields have helped all high-tech industries like advanced manufacturing, life sciences and information technology.

The required conditions to nurture such research processes are optimum research infrastructure facilities, skilled manpower and supportive government policies.

Mike Lazaridis, founder of QNC and co-founder of Research in Motion (News - Alert), the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, said in a statement, “Breakthrough science is advancing at a dizzying speed today, with quantum physics at atomic and sub-atomic scale.”

“Simultaneously, rapid movement is happening in nanotechnology, where fabrication of materials, devices and systems 100 nanometers or smaller is being explored. This critical nexus of quantum computing and nanotechnology brings the world closer to the cusp of previously unimagined solutions and insights,” Lazaridis added.

The QNC research facility is spread across an area of 26,010-square-meters and will comprise of the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and the undergraduate program in nanotechnology engineering in the University of Waterloo.

The spacious lounges, offices and meeting rooms are well equipped to enable collaboration and the exchange of ideas between scientists. The QNC features controls for vibration, temperature fluctuation and electromagnetic radiation designed in accordance with scientific standards. A clean room area has been erected to keep out particles of air and skin to enable researchers to manipulate atoms one at a time and make very precise materials.

The on-site fabrication facilities will allow scientists and students to create quantum nanodevices also which can be developed faster and made better with prompt revision, not possible if the fabrication is done elsewhere, said officials.

In related news, IBM recently demonstrated a revolutionary nanotechnology, using carbon nanotubes that will revolutionize the business and consumer electronics market. This technology will replace the traditional silicon material used in computer chip circuits.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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