Four Indiana research partners—University, Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)—are leading efforts to establish the National Science Foundation-backed Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT) to develop novel quantum technologies to address significant industry challenges.

The Midwest Quantum Collaboratory (MQC) was formed in 2021 with the founding members being the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Purdue University. The purpose of the MQC is to facilitate and foster connections and collaborations between the three universities in the realm of quantum science and technology. These connections and collaborations serve as the foundation for forming teams to perform quantum-related research at all scales, from smaller teams to large-scale centers encompassing 20+ investigators. Specific research goals of MQC include creating new directions to exploit entanglement in inherently scalable systems, quantum sensing, and complex systems, to mention a few examples.

Purdue is a core partner of the Quantum Science Center (QSC), one of five multidisciplinary National Quantum Information Science Research Centers supported by the Department of Energy. The QSC is led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its research goals are organized around three scientific focus areas:

  • Quantum materials discovery and design, in which QSC researchers will investigate and exploit the novel properties of topological materials for computing.
  • Quantum algorithms and simulations, in which QSC researchers will develop and test algorithms for quantum computers and sensors.
  • Quantum devices and sensors for discovery science, in which QSC researchers will co-design new quantum devices and sensors with unprecedented performance for real-world applications in the DOE domain.

Partner organizations include California Institute of Technology, or Caltech; ColdQuanta; Fermilab; Harvard University; IBM; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Microsoft; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Princeton University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Maryland; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and University of Washington.

The Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute (PQSEI) is establishing strong partnerships throughout the state of Indiana. As a land-grant university, Purdue is mandated to engage with external partners to further learning and discovery, and PQSEI fully embraces this. We are initially building strong relationships with other universities in the state, Indiana, Notre Dame, and IUPUI, but will expand to corporations and government entities in the future. Indiana, Notre Dame, and IUPUI have excellent quantum programs which complement the ongoing PQSEI research.

Purdue is a member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), which was established to enable and grow a robust quantum ecosystem in the United States. Purdue is especially interested in developing the currently inadequate quantum workforce to support the growing needs of industry and government.