The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at UBC is a new venture into research of systems and phenomena explicitly involving quantum mechanics. The main initial thrust is devoted to Quantum Materials, whose physical properties – as a direct manifestation of many-body quantum-mechanical interactions – embody the central unresolved questions challenging the field of modern condensed matter physics.
Quantum Materials manifest a wide range of scientifically fascinating and technologically important phenomena, including high-temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, myriad forms of magnetism and ferroelectricity, and novel admixtures of these states. Devices fabricated from quantum materials are driving technological advances that hold enormous potential to revolutionize consumer electronics, telecommunications, renewable energy, and next-generation computing.
The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute has strategically assembled a strong cluster of research scientists in quantum structures, quantum materials, and applications towards quantum devices, supported by strong international collaborations including a formal agreement with the Max Planck Society of Germany. Research topics include transition metal oxides, topological insulators, unconventional superconductors, oxide heterostructures, engineered optical materials and devices at the nanoscale, and many-body electronic structure of solid, surfaces, and interfaces.
The aim of the QuEST training program is to give students a broad technical basis and a well-rounded perspective of how their research in quantum materials can impact society through technology transfer to existing companies and to high-technology startups. In addition to working with cutting-edge researchers, students in the QuEST program have access to innovative coursework, an open and collaborative research network, opportunities for internships in industry and abroad, and networking and mentoring with leading innovators and entrepreneurs.