We bring together national experts and facilities to solve cutting-edge challenges in quantum information science

Q-NEXT brings together the world’s leading minds from the national laboratories, universities and technology companies to solve cutting-edge challenges in quantum information science.

Led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Q-NEXT focuses on how to reliably control, store and transmit quantum information at distances that could be as small as the width of a computer chip or as large as the distance between Chicago and San Francisco.

Advances in quantum information science have the potential to revolutionize how we process and share information, with profound impacts such as advanced medical imaging, the creation of novel materials and ultrasecure communication networks.

Through its partnerships, Q-NEXT is creating an innovation ecosystem that enables the translation of discovery science into technologies for science and society.

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Innovative research

Q-NEXT focuses on quantum communication to distribute information robustly over long distances; quantum sensors, enabling ultraprecise measurements; quantum materials for building groundbreaking technologies; and quantum simulators to support the development of quantum computers.

A vibrant quantum ecosystem

National labs, universities and technology companies are partners in Q-NEXT. These organizations bring together world-leading experts in multiple areas of research, top-tier facilities, and cutting-edge projects and collaborations to advance the state of the art in quantum information science and technology.

Quantum foundries

The Q-NEXT team is building two national quantum foundries, one at Argonne and the other at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. These foundries will serve as a quantum factory, producing a robust supply chain of high-quality, standardized materials and devices that will support quantum-enabled applications.

The next-generation workforce

Q-NEXT is working to develop our nation’s future quantum workforce through innovative cooperative training programs with industry, quantum-focused institutional degree programs at the center’s university partners, and re-training certificate programs to build foundational skills for quantum careers.

Q-NEXT by the numbers

3 national labs
11 universities
14 leading technology companies
100 researchers
2 quantum foundries
9 states

Areas advanced by Q-NEXT R&D

Financial services
Materials and chemicals
Transportation and logistics

Featured news

In the news

  • Grainger engineers bring quantum expertise to DOE InterQnet initiative

    From University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Q-NEXT collaborators Eric Chitambar and Jacob Covey of UIUC are bringing their expertise to InterQnet, a three-year initiative to demonstrate that quantum computers separated by large distances and even based on different hardware architectures can work in tandem. InterQnet, led… Read More

  • The ‘quantum internet’ (and why Washington should care)

    From Politico: A quantum internet could help solve problems in areas such as finance, medicine and basic research. And it would be virtually eavesdrop-proof. Q-NEXT Director David Awschalom is one of several scientists featured in this piece on the possibilities of a future quantum internet. Read More

  • Colorado and Illinois set their sights on becoming the nation's quantum hub

    From The Wall Street Journal: Q-NEXT Director David Awschalom is featured in this story on how Colorado and Illinois are investing millions of dollars in quantum information science in an effort to position themselves as national leaders in this burgeoning area of research. Read More