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Google Quantum-Hardware Lab Visit!

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 16 March 2018

PQI always assists to organize an educational and informative visit in the development of Quantum Science, encouraging the collaborations between various industry and academia.

On March 9th, 2018, four students and one postdoc from University of Pittsburgh were invited to visit Google Quantum-Hardware lab at UC Santa Barbara which was organized by PQI. Eric Ostby  and Pedram Roushan, Research Scientists at Google were helped us to arrange this visit.

Google's research team do work hard to build a quantum computer which will be millions of times more powerful than today’s supercomputers. Such visit helps to initiate more academic people to get involved in such projects, playing a hub role for quantum technologies.


New insights into the mechanism of CO2 solvation

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 16 March 2018

Ionic liquids (ILs) have attracted tremendous attention for their potential use as materials for carbon capture and sequestration. The excitement for the use of ILs for carbon capture is motivated by the fact that CO2 has greater solubility in common ionic liquids than other small-molecule gases common in air, such as N2. Recently, S. G. Roe and their colleagues have shown, in the journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, the molecular dynamics simulations of CO2 in an imidazolium-based ionic liquid which reveal new insights into the mechanism of CO2 solvation. They have found that the solvent cage evolution of N2 is similar to that of CO2 with no atomic charges, implying that the weaker quadrupole of N2 is responsible for its higher diffusion and lower absorption in ionic liquids.

Farnam Jahanian Named President of Carnegie Mellon University

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 13 March 2018

Farnam Jahanian, the nationally recognized computer scientist, successful entrepreneur, senior public servant and respected leader in higher education, has been appointed as the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University. The appointment is effective immediately, with a formal inauguration scheduled for fall 2018.

Jahanian holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He currently serves as chair of the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), sits on the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness, and is a trustee of the Dietrich Foundation. He also is a board member of the Computing Research Association (CRA), the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, among others.