Be part of a nano and quantum revolution

Research in nanoscience and quantum science — and the innovative concept of nanoware — currently underway at the Hebrew University can help solve important logistical, storage, information and hardware challenges

Processing and storing large amounts of information is a task that’s as hard as it is important. Without an effective method to sort through big sets of data, it’s difficult to come up with constructive answers for problems in areas such as transportation, distribution and drug development. The Hebrew University aspires to address this hardware gap by introducing the innovative concept of nanoware. In essence, nanoware combines nanoscience and quantum science — both of which aim to solve some of the world’s most critical logistical, storage, information and hardware challenges — to break the limits of traditional computation. There’s a lot to look forward to. In coming

years, the institution will establish the NanoscalE Quantum Science & Technology (NEQST) innovation building — a one-stop shop bringing

together experts in nano and quantum science and providing a state-of-the-art shared home for their laboratories and equipment. It’ll also serve as a national and international meeting point for exchanging ideas and breakthroughs in the field, while the building’s Innovation Labs will be available to researchers from different disciplines and, occasionally, to select innovative partners from industry. All of this will be key to the success of this pioneering enterprise. “We envision a plethora of groundbreaking

ideas being generated and demonstrated,” says Prof Nadav Katz, director of the Quantum Information Science Center at the Hebrew University. “Some will undoubtedly lead to significant scientific discoveries and commercial success stories in vital fields such as medicine, communications, security and energy.”

The institution is a recognized global leader in

nanoscience, nanotechnology and quantum science, counting more than 500 research students, hundreds of top scientific publications per year, dozens of prestigious European Research Council grants and many other awards. More than 90 research groups from diverse disciplines pursue nano and quantum research, too. Alongside the world-class research, the researchers have significant commercialization success, developing hundreds of patents and creating dozens of spin-off companies. In addition to promoting research, the Hebrew

University aims to educate tomorrow’s top scientists and engineers through advanced graduate degrees with specializations in nanoscience and nanotechnology and in quantum information and technology.

28 Israeli Academia | 2021

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