Materials Science

The quantum materials science initiative is using state of the art instrumentation for synthesizing, fabricating, and characterizing qubit technologies. New approaches for designing materials with tailored functionality and unprecedented performance are needed to meet future demands for efficient, affordable energy generation, storage and use. Recent advances in materials science has demonstrated the potential to design materials at the atomic or molecular level to yield nano- and meso-scale architectures with functionalities and performance optimized for specific applications. The transformation to such a deterministic approach, from today’s empirical methods, calls for a new paradigm in materials science in which materials will be designed for specific applications and where computational prediction, synthesis and characterization are inextricably coupled.