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Quantum technologies

Quantum materials

We are harnessing quantum science to create next generation devices

Quantum materials are essential building blocks for all implementations of quantum computation, communication, sensing and imaging that rely on condensed matter.

NPL conducts work around the delivering of cross-application material solutions that underpin transition of Quantum Technologies from lab prototypes to robust, scalable, noise-resilient systems deployed in real world applications to capitalise on the full potential of quantum functionality.

Our vision is to solve material-related challenges hindering growth of the quantum technology and impeding innovation. Understanding how these material properties link to the ultimate performance of quantum products enables rapid innovation and economic growth.

The ability to create materials with designed quantum properties, accurately measure and improve their properties will empower quantum industry to reliably develop targeted applications and fully enable their potential.

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Our research

The team aims at building confidence in quantum materials and unlocking new applications, and specialises in:

Low-loss electronics

We are improving the understanding of nanoscale magnetic properties of materials and devices for spintronics and novel computing architectures to lessen the environmental impact incurred by ICT demands.

Characterising quantum materials

We are building confidence in quantum materials through developing advanced metrology to characterise them and and unlock their use for new applications.

Our services

We work with manufacturers of quantum devices to ensure reproducible and standardised processes, and provide test and evaluation to accelerate and increase confidence in quantum products. We are also helping industry commercialise and deliver quantum technologies and new devices. 

NPL’s nanoprobe facilities enable the characterisation and imaging of physical and chemical properties on the nanoscale.  

Nanoprobe facilities and consultancy

Case study

Validating the effectiveness of shielding and thermal paints at high temperatures and humidity


Case study

Calibration of atomic force microscope probes


Case study

Commercialising the 2D material set to transform electronics


Our resources

We have a large number of freely-available publications by our team. Search our comprehensive list of resources.

Quantum materials team

We have over 50 internationally-recognised researchers focused on quantum, and we are training the next generation of quantum scientists and engineers; developing the capabilities of apprentices, technicians, undergraduates and postgraduates.
Meet the team