University of Waterloo’s Mike + Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre to be Opened this Month

The University of Waterloo has reported that the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) will be officially opened on September 21, 2012, in the new building at the center of the university campus.

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo (CNW Group/University of Waterloo)

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) will share QNC, a 285,000-square-foot facility for future innovation in nanotechnology and quantum information. QNC will provide the equipment and collaborative opportunities to researchers to carry out pioneering experiments, explore new materials and processes and develop advanced technologies.

The $160 million QNC fulfills the most rigorous standards to perform quantum-scale experiments. It comprises a six-story central atrium at the center of the building bordered by flexible spaces to promote interaction and collaboration.

Mike Lazaridis, a philanthropist, contributed significantly to the construction of this new building, which holds the potential to further improve the University of Waterloo’s venerable reputation as a global center of research and innovation. University leaders, researchers, students, political and community leaders are invited for the grand opening ceremony of this unique state-of-the-art facility. The university will also host a Public Open House on September 29, 2012, to share the pleasure with the community.

According to the University of Waterloo’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Feridun Hamdullahpur, this world-class facility provides the opportunity to multidisciplinary researchers and students to jointly work on the development of future scientific and technological innovations.

Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, Raymond Laflamme stated that by exploiting the nano-scale world’s quantum properties, scientists will invent novel technologies that will transform the ways people live, communicate, work and play.

Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, Arthur Carty commented that future quantum devices will be developed using nanomaterials and will be facilitated by nanotechnology, which serves as the bridge to quantum. This new building is a great opportunity for technological collaboration that shows promise to transform the world.


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