In recent years there have been fascinating discoveries of several types of quantum condensed forms of matter exhibiting novel phenomena arising from interactions among the constituents, such as, electrons in solids, or atoms & molecules in ultracold matter. Common to all of these is the emergence of spectacular phases with novel macroscopic behavior in the vicinity of quantum instabilities. Phenomena such as these give glimpses into the nature of the rich underlying quantum world, and provide motivation for theoretical study of correlated Fermi systems.
Patrick Irvin recieved both his B.S. and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked in the Levy group. He remained in the group as a post doc and is now a research assistant professor.
Lillian Chong received her B.S. in Chemistry from MIT and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of California San Francisco. She is now an associate professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a secondary appointment in Computational & Systems Biology. She is also involved in two joint CMU-Pitt programs, one in Computational Biology and the other in Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology. She has won several awards, among which the NSF-CAREER award in 2009 and the very select Chinese American Chemical Society Scholar award during her undergraduate studies.
The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute was established in 2012 to help unify and promote research in quantum science and engineering in the Pittsburgh area. PQI members have faculty appointments from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh in physics, chemistry, and engineering disciplines.