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Are you ready to lead the next quantum revolution?


We're looking for highly motivated and driven graduate students to join our team

To apply to our PhD program, click here

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What's molecular engineering?

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up.

We apply molecular-level science to the design of advanced devices, processes, and technologies. Organized by interdisciplinary research themes, we seek to develop solutions to important societal issues and to educate the next generation of leaders in the fast-growing field of molecular engineering.

Quantum @ PME is targeting the development of practical quantum technologies that will have applications in computing, communication, and sensing. Our broad faculty team focuses on solid-state, atomic, and photonic technologies, with approaches based on experiment and theory in strong collaborative efforts.

Our unique program blends efforts from faculty in engineering, physics, chemistry and computer science. Graduate students can customize their research program, by working with one or more thesis advisors to build a cross-cutting research program touching more than one discipline.

Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering


We invite you to join us on our journey of discovery and development!

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Meet a few of our graduate students

Elena

Elena

I'm a PhD student in the Awschalom group, where I work in collaboration with both the Schuster and High groups. Since starting my graduate studies in 2017, I've watched the PME grow a strong quantum program by hiring faculty with expertise in diverse quantum platforms. This growth is bolstered by the creation of relationships to industry partners via the Chicago Quantum Exchange. I'm excited by the collaboration and job opportunities arising from these departmental ties to a community that is expanding rapidly beyond the realm of academia. A state-of-the-art laboratory, and easy access to the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility, has been critical to my work creating microstructures in silicon carbide used to control and manipulate spin defects — atom-like light emitters used for quantum sensing, memory, and communication.

Hong

Hong

As a NSF QISE-NET fellow, I am working in Prof. Tian Zhong's lab with a collaborator at IBM Research, developing quantum interconnect technologies. My project also allows me to closely collaborate with Prof. Aash Clerk's and Prof. David Awschalom's groups on both theoretical and experimental aspects of quantum information storage, using erbium rare-earth ion-doped crystals with nanophotonic interfaces. The goal of my project is to realize robust photon-memory entanglement generation and distribution in a long-distance quantum network.

Aziza

Aziza

I am a Josephine de Karman fellow PhD student working on quantum hybrid systems and mm-wave quantum technology, a joint project between Prof. Jon Simon and Prof. David Schuster. My main project is on interconverting and entangling single optical and mm-wave photons using Rydberg atoms as mediators. Outside of cold atoms, I work on mm-wave devices for cavity and circuit-QED systems, developing the mm-wave platform for future quantum computing technology.

Nikola

Nikola

As a PhD student in the Yang group, I work on synthesizing and studying exotic quantum materials for applications in quantum technologies and to study the fundamental interactions underlying complex quantum phases of matter. I use ultrafast time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to study charge, lattice, electron, and other quasiparticle dynamics, with the hope of teasing out the fundamental physics that makes these materials tick. My work as a NSF QISE-NET fellow is in collaboration with Anand Bhattacharya and Nathan Guisinger at Argonne National Laboratory.

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Meet our faculty

Awschalom

David Awschalom

Liew Family Professor
Awschalom research
Our group creates and explores quantum states in semiconductors, molecules and hybrid systems for information processing.

Bernien

Hannes Bernien

Assistant Professor
Bernien research
Our group uses arrays of atomic qubits to engineer quantum processors and quantum network nodes.

Chin

Cheng Chin

Professor
Chin research
We explore novel quantum phenomena with ultracold atoms and molecules, and their implications in fundamental physics.

Cleland

Andrew Cleland

John A MacLean Sr Professor
Cleland research
Our experimental efforts are focused on superconducting qubits and quantum acoustics, for applications to quantum information and to expand and deepen our understanding of quantum physics.

Clerk

Aash Clerk

Professor
Clerk research
Theoretical research: Driven-dissipative quantum phenomena, quantum control, quantum measurement and sensing.

DeMille

David DeMille

Professor
DeMille research
(moving from Yale)
Our group develops methods for quantum control of diatomic molecules, and uses them to detect new fundamental physics at energy scales exceeding 100 TeV.

Engel

Greg Engel

Professor
Engel research
Our group explores quantum dynamics in biological systems to identify chemical design principles.

Gagliardi

Laura Gagliardi

Leventhal Professor
Gagliardi research
We work on strongly correlated systems, combining first-principle methods with classical simulation techniques, with a focus on the computational design of materials and systems for energy-related challenges.

Galli

Giulia Galli

Liew Family Professor
Galli research
Our group studies quantum states in semiconductors and molecules using first principle theoretical methods.

Guha

Supratik Guha

Professor
Guha research
Our group works on developing solid state materials and chip scale devices that can be used in engineered quantum information systems.

High

Alex High

Assistant Professor
High research
The High Lab develops nanoscale methods to study and control interactions between quantum materials and light.

Jiang

Liang Jiang

Professor
Jiang research
Our group investigates quantum control and error correction for robust quantum information processing.

Maurer

Peter Maurer

Assistant Professor
Maurer research
We develop novel quantum technologies that enable us to probe biological systems at the nanoscale.

Park

Jiwoong Park

Professor
Park research
We build novel quantum materials and circuits using atomically thin crystals and molecular units.

Schuster

David Schuster

Associate Professor
Schuster research
We study digital quantum information science, hybrid quantum systems, and quantum simulation using superconducting circuits.

Simon

Jonathan Simon

Associate Professor
Simon research
My group is building and exploring quantum matter made of light.

Maurer

Allison Squires

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Squires research
We measure (and make use of) the movement of excitons in biological materials at room temperature.

Yang

Shuolong Yang

Assistant Professor
Yang research
My group works on the atomic-level synthesis and advanced spectroscopy of quantum materials.

Zhong

Tian Zhong

Assistant Professor
Zhong research
We build solid-state atom-photon coherent systems to enable hybrid quantum interconnects and ultimately a quantum internet.

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Learn about our many new programs

CQE
Chicago Quantum Exchange

The Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) is an intellectual hub and community of researchers with the common goal of advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information across CQE members, partners, and our region. The hub aims to promote the exploration of quantum information technologies and the development of new applications. The CQE facilitates interactions between research groups of its member and partner institutions and provides an avenue for developing and fostering collaborations, joint projects, and information exchange.

Q-NEXT
Q-NEXT

Q-NEXT is a collaboration involving the world's leading minds from the national laboratories, universities and the private sector, is one of five National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) in August 2020. It is funded by DOE at $115 million over the next five years. Additional funding from partner organizations totals $93 million. Advances in QIS have the potential to revolutionize information technologies, including quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing.

EPiQC
EPiQC

The multi-institutional Enabling Practical-scale Quantum Computing (EPiQC) Expedition will help bring the great potential of quantum computing into reality by reducing the current gap between existing theoretical algorithms and practical quantum computing architectures. Over five years, the EPiQC Expedition will collectively develop new algorithms, software, and machine designs tailored to key properties of quantum device technologies with 100 to 1000 quantum bits. This work will facilitate profound new scientific discoveries and also broadly impact the state of high-performance computing.

QISpin
QISpin

QISpin is a new project that aims at building a theoretical and computational framework tightly integrated with experiments to predict, with rapid turn-around, quantum-coherent properties of materials. The predictions will be validated by experiments whose results will in turn be interpreted theoretically.

SQMS
SQMS

SQMS is a new DOE-funded center headquartered at Fermilab, managed by the University of Chicago. SQMS is focused on building and deploying a beyond-state-of-the-art quantum computer based on superconducting technologies. The center also will develop new quantum sensors, which could lead to the discovery of the nature of dark matter and other elusive subatomic particles. Total planned DOE funding for the center is $115 million over the next five years.

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Facilities at your disposal

Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility

The Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility (PNF) is an ISO Class 5 cleanroom that specializes in advanced lithographic processing of hard and soft materials.

The PNF is located in the Eckhardt Research Center at the University of Chicago. We're open to all properly trained users through a recharge arrangement.

We are proud to partner with Northwestern University in the NSF-supported Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) resource.

PNF
MRSEC
UChicago MRSEC

The University of Chicago Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) drives innovation by tackling some of the deepest intellectual challenges of materials research through interdisciplinary and highly collaborative efforts united with a strong commitment to education and outreach. The MRSEC offers, in addition to its intellectual talent, a range of facilities for making, characterizing, measuring, and imaging many types of materials and samples. Most of facilities are headed by a professional PhD-level technical staff that maintains and improves the equipment, performs measurements or prepares samples and trains researchers.

Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials

The Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (MICCoM) develops and disseminates interoperable open source software, data and validation procedures, enabling the community to predict properties of functional materials. The distinctive features of the center are:

  • Development of interoperable codes for simulation of materials at multiple length and time scales
  • Focus on heterogeneous materials, inclusive of defects, interfaces and building blocks assembled out of equilibrium
  • Focus on spectroscopic and transport properties

MiCCoM
Argonne
Argonne National User Facilities

Argonne National Laboratory is home to five national user facilities, which enable scientific users from universities, national laboratories, industry and federal agencies to carry out experiments and pursue ground-breaking discoveries that would otherwise not be possible.

Argonne Quantum Loop

The Argonne Quantum Loop consists of a pair of connected 26-mile fiber-optic cables that wind circuitously between Argonne to the Illinois tollway near Bolingbrook, IL, and back. At 52 total miles, it is currently among the longest ground-based quantum communication channels in the country. The loop will serve as a testbed for researchers interested in leveraging the principles of quantum physics to send secure information across long distances.

Quantum loop
Polsky
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The University of Chicago's Polsky Center is a 60-person professional staff responsible for advancing all University of Chicago entrepreneurship and research commercialization innovation activities through the creation of new ventures and partnerships. By igniting a spirit of innovation and fostering connections that extend across the University, city, region and world, the Polsky Center enables more ideas to have a meaningful impact on society.

Research Computing Center

The University of Chicago's Research Computing Center (RCC) is dedicated to providing the University of Chicago community a full-service high-performance computing (HPC) center, including visualization resources, access to software, workshops, one-on-one consulting with domain experts, and complete data-management strategies to researchers across all departments and divisions.

RCC
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If you're excited about opportunities in quantum, Chicago is the place to be!

To apply to our PhD program, click here

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