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$1.5M Award Funds Research Into Quantum Materials Synthesis

By Maryland Today Staff

A $1.5 million award by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will fund a UMD researcher’s study of the complex behavior of electrons in quantum materials.

The new grant to physics Professor Johnpierre Paglione was awarded by the Moore Foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) initiative, a quantum materials research program that funds work on materials synthesis, experiments and theory, with an interdisciplinary approach that includes physicists, chemists and materials scientists. EPiQS focuses on exploratory research and supports progress toward new applications, like quantum computing and precision measurement.

Paglione’s award for materials synthesis was one of only 13 U.S. grants this year from the initiative; it renewed an earlier one he received from EPiQS, which has provided more than $120 million to researchers since 2013.

“The Moore Foundation has played a pivotal role in supporting and promoting quantum materials research over the last five years, and I am extremely excited to continue to be part of this effort,” said Paglione, who also directs UMD’s Quantum Materials Center (formerly the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials). “Fundamental studies of quantum materials play a critical role in not only supporting current development of quantum technologies, but also the discovery of new phenomena that hold promise for future applications.”

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