U.S. Department of Energy Investing $32M into New Materials; Solid-state Materials for QIS
U.S. Department of Energy Renews Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials
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+ The DOE awarded the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (MICCoM) one of the seven funded projects. The funding level is $2.5 million per year for the next four years. Founded in 2015, the center is led by the Materials Science division at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, with co-investigators drawn from the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, and University of California, Davis.
“MICCoM is a powerful project in computational materials science, which will keep Argonne, UChicago and our partners at the forefront of this field under Giulia Galli’s leadership,” said Matthew Tirrell, dean of the UChicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Argonne senior scientist.
+ The MICCoM mission is to develop and disseminate interoperable computational tools — open-source software, data, simulation methods and validation procedures — that enable the scientific community to simulate and predict the properties of functional materials for energy conversion, with a focus on solar and thermal energy, and solid-state materials for quantum information sciences.
+ In the next four years, MICCoM plans to develop and apply advanced computational techniques for materials characterization and integrate them with experiments. This powerful combination will allow the scientific community not only to predict but also to design complex functional materials for energy and quantum information science. The latter is an emerging area with tremendous potential impact in designing quantum bits, quantum sensors and materials for quantum communications.
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