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 in the physical and life sciences; quantum materials, for building groundbreaking technologies; and quantum simulators, supporting 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 will build 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
10 universities
13 leading technology companies
100 researchers
2 quantum foundries
9 states

Areas advanced by Q-NEXT research

Telecommunications
Energy
Financial services
Materials and chemicals
Pharmaceuticals
Transportation and logistics

Featured news

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  • Q-NEXT partner ColdQuanta acquires Chicago-based startup Super.tech

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  • Amazon Web Services joins Q-NEXT quantum center

    Amazon Web Services has become a member of Q-NEXT. With AWS as a member, Q-NEXT now comprises 13 companies, 10 universities and three DOE national laboratories. AWS will contribute fundamental research to the Q-NEXT community to advance the use of quantum technologies. Read More

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