Nanoscience and Quantum Information

Manipulating particles on the multi-touch table

The Nanoscience and Quantum Information research theme harnesses a broad range of the University’s medical, scientific and engineering expertise. Interdisciplinary work across the theme stimulates advances in these fields that are widely anticipated to be critical to future economic developments.

New technologies developed through the ability to image, measure, model and manipulate matter on the nanoscale will affect virtually every sector of our lives.

Nanoscience and Quantum Information are closely related emerging subjects. Nanotechnology – the science of small things – promises to be one of the defining technologies of the 21st century, while Quantum Information is concerned with the fundamental science of quantum systems and with how they may be used to perform computational and other information processing tasks. The inexorable miniaturisation of computing components means that information processing in quantum systems is likely to be central to how future generations of communication systems and computers will be built.

At Bristol, we believe that both Nanoscience and Quantum Information are of fundamental academic and economic importance. The University’s Departments of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Physics, among others, have world-leading groups in these areas. Our scientists and researchers from a range of disciplines are working with partners to understand the benefits that can be harnessed from a better understanding of these disciplines.

The new Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information provides a purpose-designed environment in which interdisciplinary research can be fostered and thrive through stimulating interactions and the exchange of ideas. The building has state-of-the-art specialised laboratories whose vibration and noise levels are among the lowest achieved worldwide, making the Centre one of the finest nanoscience facilities in the world.

New technologies developed through the ability to image, measure, model and manipulate matter on the nanoscale will affect virtually every sector of our lives. Research focuses on increasing the knowledge needed to create these technologies. Research areas include:

  • Nanocomposite coatings
  • Nanofibres for biotechnological applications
  • Epithelial barriers to nanoparticle penetration
  • Quantum photonics
  • Nanofibres and nanosurfaces
  • Nanoscale and microscale manipulation and imaging
  • Particulate vaccines
  • Single molecule photoconductance
  • Lithiated diamond solar energy conversion