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Harvard/Howard/MIT Awarded Grant to Establish Science and Technology Center

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate Bokani Mtengi with Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition reactor for growing diamond and graphene.

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate Bokani Mtengi with Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition reactor for growing diamond and graphene

NSF has awarded Harvard University, Howard University and MIT a grant to establish a Science and Technology Center (STC). The grant award is for five years and the Howard research amount is $4.6 million in direct funding and more than $500,000 in travel and conference fees.

The research center, to be titled the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM) involves integrated research on three materials: (1) Graphene (G) -electrons that move as massless particles at a constant speed; (2) Topological Insulators (TI) -mobile surface electrons with spins fixed to the direction of motion; and (3) Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) Centers in Diamond - a single spin stores a bit of quantum information.

Principal Investigators are Robert Westervelt, Harvard University; Gary L. Harris, Howard University; Ray Ashoori, MIT; and Museum of Science, Boston, Carol Lynn Alpert.

Scanning Electron Micrograph of diamond grown on a silicon carbide substrate

Scanning Electron Micrograph of diamond grown on a silicon carbide substrate

The Center brings together an outstanding and diverse team of faculty members and students from Harvard University, Howard University, MIT, and the Museum of Science, Boston. An International Travel Program will enable collaborations with leading investigators in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. A College Network will attract young students to science and engineering to actively involve them in Center activities, and encourage them to pursue a career in this area. The Museum of Science, Boston, a leading New England attraction, will introduce public audiences to the wonders of quantum devices and the future of computing. The college network includes: Mt Holyoke, Prince George's Community College, Olin College, Gallaudet University, and Wellesley College.

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