Research Areas

Primary Research Directions

The NSF QuBBE QLCI will develop biocompatible quantum materials, establish protocols for sensing and imaging within cells, and demonstrate the utility of quantum measurement in biology. Biological problems demand new measurements with nanoscale resolution, single molecule sensitivity, and the ability to correlate dynamics in time and space. Measuring coherence and correlation across the hierarchical length- and time-scales relevant to biology is a grand challenge that frustrates our most powerful molecular tools, imaging techniques, and observational platforms. Quantum science enables measurements of unprecedented sensitivity and generates precisely the correlations required to measure dynamics in time and space. NSF QuBBE brings together researchers from material science, physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine working side-by-side at every step to define and tackle these challenges.

developing the new quantum workforce

Workforce Development

bringing science to the public


New Quantum Materials

New Materials

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Targeting Biological Processes

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Imaging and Sensing

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Laser Lab Researcher

Quantum Academy

A. Prominski, J. Shi, P. Li, J. Yue, Y. Lin, J. Park, B.Z. Tian, M. Y. Rotenberg, "Porosity-based soft-hard heterojunctions enable leadless optoelectronic modulation of tissues", Accepted at Nature Materials (2022)

T.X. Zheng, A. Li, J. Rosen, S. Zhou, M. Koppenhöfer, Z. Ma, F.T. Chong, A.A. Clerk, L. Jiang, P. Maurer, "Preparation of metrological states in dipolar-interacting spin systems", arXiv:2203.03084 (2022)

M. Xie*, X. Yu*, L. V. H. Rodgers, D. Xu, I. Chi-Duran, A. Toros, N. Quack, N. P. de Leon, P. C. Maurer, "Biocompatible surface functionalization architecture for a diamond quantum senso", PNAS 119, 8 e2114186119 (2022)