press release
Published: 09 March 2022

Surrey to lead international efforts to boost quantum technologies that could change people's lives

An injection of funding sees the University of Surrey now leading an international team of scientists trying to accelerate the development of quantum technologies. The outcome of their work aims to help the discovery of new drugs, improve modelling for climate change, and revolutionise cybersecurity.  

The University of Surrey has received more than £500,000 - with the majority of the funds coming from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation - to investigate methods that could help manufacture quantum technologies at scale. The team believes this challenge can be conquered by implanting single atoms with nanoscale precision and by creating a research network called RAISIN*. 

Dr Steven Clowes, the RAISIN Network Director from the University of Surrey, said:  

“We’re well placed to lead the way in this research because of the expertise here at the University of Surrey and the outstanding facilities like the single-ion implanter, SIMPLE, within our UK National Ion Beam Centre. We’re aiming to enable researchers to collaborate effectively to maximise the benefits the world can gain from this new field.”  

RAISIN will host three annual international meetings, as well as an international seminar series. It will also promote international collaborations with travel awards and run industrial engagement events. The overall aim is to develop and publish a roadmap that will enable scalable quantum technologies using implanted single ions. 

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Notes to editors 

  • *Roadmap for Applications of Implanted Single Impurities Network 

  • Dr Steven Clowes is available for interview upon request 

  • Contact the University of Surrey’s Media Team: mediarelations@surrey.ac.uk 

 

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