Quantum Leaps

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 8 January 2018

Quantum is an open-access peer-reviewed journal for quantum science and related fields. Quantum is launching a pilot outreach project, Quantum Leaps, where scientists write a rigorous and accessible popular science version of a research paper, which are then reviewed by school students, under the supervision of a researcher. The goals of this project are three-fold:

1. Teach the process of peer review to school students by direct experience;

2. Get students interested in the science of quantum computing and information; and

3. Provide a venue for researchers to showcase effective science communication in quantum sciences.

After peer review, the best articles will be published in Quantum Views, and the reviewers will be invited to give a talk about the experience. This project is inspired by Frontiers for Young Minds, which implements the same idea in fields such as biology, psychology and space science. Quantum Leaps is coordinated by Chris Ferrie and Lídia del Rio.

Four-dimensional physics in two dimensions

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 5 January 2018

Kevin Chen and team have demonstrated that the behavior of particles of light can be made to match predictions about the four-dimensional version of the "quantum Hall effect"—a phenomenon that has been at the root of three Nobel Prizes in physics—in a two-dimensional array of "waveguides."

“For the first time, physicists have built a two-dimensional experimental system that allows them to study the physical properties of materials that were theorized to exist only in four-dimensional space"

Jill Millstone has Joined ACS Nano as an Associate Editor

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 3 January 2018

Congratulations to Jill Millstone on her new position as Associate Editor at ACS Nano. She has been an extremely active ACS Nano author and advisor, since even before she joined their editorial advisory board. In 2011, she joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has received awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the ACS Unilever Award and the Cottrell Research Scholar Award. She is also a member of the editorial advisory board of ACS Nano, beginning January 2016. Her group studies the chemical mechanisms underpinning metal nanoparticle synthesis, surface chemistry, and optoelectronic behaviors. She acted as a mentor and instructor at the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative supported workshop for new faculty as well as a mentor at the Global Young Academy Women in Science Leadership Initiative, the first workshop hosted by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in the fall of 2016.


Central Research Development Fund (CRDF) - Fiscal Year 2019

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 3 January 2018

The primary goal of the CRDF Small Grants Program is to enhance opportunities for faculty, especially early career faculty, at the University of Pittsburgh to engage in high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Awards may range from $2,000 to $16,000. This year, applicants who integrate undergraduate research experiences into their proposed work may request an additional $2,000. The maximum dollar amount that may be awarded this year is $18,000. 

Expression of Interest (Recommended): Monday, January 8, 2018 (12 P.M.)

Full Proposal (Required): Monday, February 26, 2018 (12 P.M.)

Overview of NETL Cross Cutting Research Program and Funding Opportunities

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 3 January 2018

Overview of NETL Cross Cutting Research Program and Funding Opportunities with Dr. Briggs White, Technology Manager, Cross Cutting Research NET will be held on Thursday, January 04, 2018 between 12:00 PM  and 01:00 PM at 102 Benedum Hall. Dr. Briggs White is an experienced engineering management professional with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Currently, Dr. White is serving as Crosscutting Technology Manager at NETL. 

The program serves to accelerate R&D progress and develop concepts and technologies that enable improvements in fossil-based power generation.  Energy technology platforms include advanced coal combustion, gas turbines, advanced power cycles, solid oxide fuel cells, and modular gas conversion reactors. The program's scope includes fostering R&D in sensors and controls, cybersecurity, modeling and simulation, high-performance materials, innovative combustion concepts, and water management. The program leverages technology trends in smart and advanced manufacturing, process intensification, high-performance computing, IoT, data analytics, and machine learning.

Understanding of the superior stability of Silicon- and oxygen-containing hydrogenated amorphous carbon in harsh environments

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 3 January 2018

Recently, Tevis D. B. Jacobs and colleagues have shown how silicon- and oxygen-containing hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H:Si:O) coating enhance the thermal stability in vacuum, but tremendously increases the thermo-oxidative stability and the resistance to degradation upon exposure to the harsh conditions of low Earth orbit (LEO). These findings provide a novel physically-based understanding of the superior stability of a-C:H:Si:O in harsh environments compared to a-C:H.

Raise on Enabling Quantum Leap: Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 25 December 2017

After Department of Energy's Dear Colleague Letter (DLC) last month, on December 14, 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) released a DLC  on enabling quantum leap. 

This DCL aims to encourage researchers to submit interdisciplinary research projects that must include at least three complementary components represented by researchers with expertise in the areas of physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials science, engineering, and computer/computational science, which are more broadly represented by the NSF Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). The innovative proposals must focus on quantum functionality by assessing aspects relevant to both fundamental and application concepts, and must result in experimental demonstrations of transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations.



NSF/DOE Quantum Science Summer School

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 25 December 2017

Opportunity for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Description: This program is dedicated to the education of graduate students and postdocs in quantum sciene and their applications to new technologies in academic and industrial contexts.
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Dates:  June 10-22, 2018 
  • Location: Cornell University
  • Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018
  • Financial Support: Available. More information can be found here!
  • Requirement: A recommendation letter will be required from the person you use as a reference.
  • Apply here!

Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 December 2017

To extend our fundamental knowledge of the quantum world to enable the development of novel, transformative technologies, and opportunity to train students in this area is available via the “Quantum Information Science and Engineering.

  • Opportunity for Graduate Student, Faculty Member (PI), PLUS Industrial Partner (TRIPLETS)
  • Level of Support:  $10,000/year to AUGMENT (not replace) a student’s current stipend
  • Application by:  Graduate Student
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
  • Apply here!

Quantum Decision Theory Workshop 2018

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 20 December 2017

The goal of this two-day workshop is to bring together decision/game theorists and physicists to find a common language in discussing uncertainty. It is organized by the Game Theory Group of the University of Pécs. There will be dominantly invited talks by quantum information scientists and game theorists. Contributed posters are welcome.​

Registration deadline: Friday, December 22, 2017
Submission deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017