A new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) led by Berkeley Lab is among 42 EFRC projects to collectively receive $100 million in funding, Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced on Friday. The Center for Novel Pathways to Quantum Coherence in Materials (CNPQCM) will be headed by Joel Moore, a senior faculty scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and a professor of physics at UC Berkeley.
The center will build on unique Lab capabilities and expertise in quantum materials and quantum coherence to develop new approaches to quantum information science and technology. This work will advance capabilities, including ultrasensitive quantum measurements of electric and magnetic fields and temperature, and contribute to understanding how the properties of some important electronic and optical materials are related to underlying quantum coherence phenomena.
CNPQCM includes scientists from DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, Columbia University, and UC Santa Barbara.
Established by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science in 2009, the EFRC program brings together researchers from multiple disciplines and institutions—including universities, national laboratories, and nonprofit organizations—for collaborative research efforts to accelerate high-risk, high-reward fundamental research that will provide a strong scientific basis for transformative energy technologies of the future.
The current cohort of EFRCs, selected by competitive peer review, includes 22 new centers and renewals of nine existing centers. The centers will be funded for up to four years, each receiving approximately $2 million to $4 million per year. In addition, another 11 existing centers were awarded two-year extensions to support the completion of valuable research that is in progress; UC Berkeley’s Center for Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies was one of these. A full list of the EFRC awardees can be found here.