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Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute Launched with $11-Million Gift

01 Apr2016

Vancouver-based diamond pioneer and philanthropist Stewart Blusson and his wife, Marilyn, have donated $11 million to quantum materials research at UBC. In recognition of the gift, the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute has been named in honour of the geology alumnus (BSc ’60).

“This institute is already bringing the next generation of top researchers...

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Canada First Research Excellence Fund Unlocks $66.5 Million In Quantum Potential at UBC

13 Jan2016

After decades of success as a leading research institution despite a relatively small budget, UBC’s Quantum Matter Institute is poised to make its way to the front of the international field thanks to a record $66.5 million grant from the federal government.

In August they learned that they were one of just five institutions...

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Federal government invests $66.5-million for quantum materials research at QMI

31 Oct2015

A $66.5-million investment from the Government of Canada—the largest government investment in a single UBC research program—will enhance UBC’s standing as a global leader in quantum matter research and help connect university research with industry.

UBC’s Quantum Matter Institute (QMI), the recipient of the $66.5-million investment over seven years from the new Canada First Research Excellence Fund...

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Organic semiconductors get weird at the edge: QMI research

06 Oct2015

As the push for tinier and faster electronics continues, a new finding by UBC scientists could help inform the design of the next generation of cheaper, more efficient devices.

The work, published this week in Nature Communications, details how electronic properties at the edges of organic molecular systems differ from the rest of the material. Organic materials—plastics—are of...

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First superconducting graphene created by QMI researchers

10 Sep2015

Graphene, the ultra-thin, ultra-strong material made from a single layer of carbon atoms, just got a little more extreme. UBC physicists have been able to create the first ever superconducting graphene sample by coating it with lithium atoms.

Although superconductivity has already been observed in intercalated bulk graphite—three-dimensional crystals layered with...

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$2.4 million dollars awarded to QMI projects

31 Oct2014

Two major proposals from the Quantum Matter Institute are funded by the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) this year. This means an injection of 2.4 million dollars of funding support for learning about quantum material behaviours and discovering new quantum materials. The two projects funded are:

Quantum Materials and Devices in the Microkelvin Regime will help to...

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Alumnus Riccardo Comin receives CLS Bancroft PhD Thesis Award

27 May2014

Congratulations to Dr. Riccardo Comin, who recently completed his PhD under supervisor Dr. Andrea Damascelli , for receiving the G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award from the Canadian Light Source.

This annual award is given to a graduate student who generates the strongest published work using data collected at the Canadian Light Source synchrontron, located at the...

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Ian Affleck receives the 2014 Brockhouse Medal

10 Apr2014

The 2014 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal will be awarded to Ian Affleck , University of British Columbia, for his original and influential contributions to the theory of condensed matter systems, particularly in the application of conformal field theory techniques to the Kondo effects and quantum impurity problems and advances in the theory of quantum magnetism in low...

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QMI researchers discover possible secret to superconductivity

06 Jan2014

UBC researchers have discovered a universal electronic state that controls the behaviour of high-temperature superconducting copper-oxide ceramics.

Picture: Copper-oxide superconducting pellet levitating over a magnetic track. Source: NSERC/UBC Science

The work, published this week in the journal Science , reveals the universal existence of so-called ‘charge-density-waves’ — static ripples formed by...

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Dirk Manske is a new Scientific Coordinator for the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials

01 Jan2014

Dr. Dirk Manske has been appointed as a Scientific Coordinator for the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials .

Dr. Manske is a Staff Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research , Stuttgart and is holding a Professor of Theoretical Physics position at the Free University of Berlin.

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