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Energy research represents a major focus for BNL over the next decade. We are using a multifaceted approach driven by the unique state-of-the art laboratory facilities and the inter-disciplinary expertise of our scientific staff to solve fundamental questions regarding U.S. energy independence and to translate discoveries into deployable technologies. The laboratory has identified several energy focus areas – including biofuels, complex materials, catalysis, and solar energy.
BNL's one-of-kind user facilities include the National Synchrotron Light Source II NSLS-II, which produces extremely bright beams of x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light for scientists exploring materials—including superconductors, catalysts, geological samples, and proteins—to accelerate advances in energy, environmental science, and medicine. Scientists at our Center for Functional Nanomaterials create materials and explore their unique structure and properties at the nanoscale, with a focus on more efficient solar and energy storage materials. And at BNL's Northeast Solar Energy Research Center, where researchers from labs, academia, and industry study test new solar technologies, working to make solar "power plants" more efficient and economical
In addition to fundamental research, the laboratory actively collaborates with industry and other academic institutions to bring the benefits of scientific discoveries to the marketplace. Brookhaven's Office of Strategic Partnerships integrates Brookhaven Lab's industry engagement, technology licensing, and economic development functions to expand the impact of collaborative research and technology commercialization. Strategic Partnerships supports the Laboratory's science mission through identifying, pursuing and managing partnerships with a broad set of private-sector companies, federal agencies, and non-federal entities. For information on licensing and industry.
Dr. Iadecolais a theoretical physicist using diverse analytical and numerical tools to study a variety of topics in quantum condensed matter. A graduate of Brown University (Sc.B., 2012), he received his Ph.D. in Physics from Boston University in 2017. He then became a JQI Theoretical Postdoctoral Fellow at the NIST-University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute until 2019, when he joined Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor. Research in his group focuses on out-of-equilibrium quantum systems and topological phases with a view towards emerging quantum technologies. On the nonequilibrium side, he studies properties of highly-excited many-body states and the surprising phenomena they harbor that challenge deeply ingrained intuition based on quantum statistical mechanics. On the topological side, he focuses on states of matter whose properties cannot be understood within the traditional paradigm of spontaneous symmetry breaking, and which could enable the robust storage and manipulation of quantum information. In addition to thinking about new phenomena, he grapples with ways to realize them in electronic and photonic systems, or using near-term quantum platforms.
- Basic science: seeks to understand how nature works. This research includes experimental and theoretical work in materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, high-energy physics, and mathematics and computer science, including high performance computing.
- Applied science and engineering helps to find practical solutions to society’s problems. These programs focus primarily on energy resources, environmental management and national security.
My current research focuses on engineering spin systems in diamond, silicon carbide, and other wide bandgap semiconductors for quantum information, nanoscale sensing, and quantum communication applications. These spin systems, such as the nitrogen vacancy (NV) center in diamond and the divacancy complexes (VV) in silicon carbide (SiC), offer a wide variation of control techniques as well as sensitivity to local magnetic and electric fields and temperature.
Assistant Scientist, Nanoscience
- First-principles modeling of charge and energy transport in nanoscale materials.
- Optoelectronic properties of nanomaterials and heterogeneous interfaces
- Development of novel methods for the computation of electron and exciton dynamics
- Wave-like charge and energy transport in mesoscale devices
- Current- and bias-driven structural evolution
Staff scientist at the Center for Nanoscale Materials
He has developed a research program exploring materials discovery, synthesis, characterization, and processing. We are leading the discovery of new low-dimensional materials, the exploration of novel synthesis and characterization, and tailoring material properties.
An assistant scientist in Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Molecular Engineering and Materials Science Division.
My research focus is on point-defects (vacancies and dopants) in various semiconductors (Si, SiC, Y2O3, etc.) for material science and quantum information processing. I am interested in searching for the optimal defects and substrates depending on their applications, expanding on state-of-the-art understanding of charge, optical and spin properties. Applications include hybrid spin-mechanical quantum systems, decoherence mitigation, quantum communication and quantum and classical sensing.
In 2008, I received my bachelor’s degree in applied physics from ENS Cachan and Université Paris 11, Orsay. I went on to receive my master’s in nanophysics in 2011 from the Saclay Campus near Paris and my Ph.D. in quantum physics in 2015 from the University of Oxford. From 2015 to 2019, I performed research as a postdoctoral fellow in the Awschalom group at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. There, my research focused on spin defects in silicon carbide and related hybrid systems for quantum information.
My research has led to a patent application for technology related to charge conversion of defects in solid-state materials, and I have published more than 20 papers in high-impact journals.
Ivar Martin is a condensed matter theorist in the Material Science Division.
His interests include equilibrium properties of materials, including superconductivity and magnetism, as well as nonequilibrium. Recently he has been particularly interested in the ways to create new quantum states by means of strong periodic and quasiperiodic driving.
His other interests include microscopic theory of quantum decoherence and quantum measurement, ways to implement unusual correlated states in quantum hardware, and classical nonlinear phenomena of phase and mode locking.
Martin got his undergraduate degree from the Moscow State University, and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1999 he went to Los Alamos National Lab, first as a postdoc and then as a staff member. He came to Argonne in 2013.
Thomas Schenkel is a physicist and senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is the interim Director of the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division (http://atap.lbl.gov/). Thomas received his Ph.D. in physics from the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Following time as a postdoc at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he joined Berkeley Lab. His research interests include novel accelerator concepts, materials far from equilibrium, exploration of fusion processes, and spin qubit architectures. Thomas also teaches a graduate course on particle accelerators at UC Berkeley.
Thomas worked on variations of time-of-flight mass spectrometry to characterize the environment of bio-molecules as a postdoc. This theme has now come up in the current Covid-19 crisis with new ideas for mass spectrometry and imaging of viruses in droplets.
COVID-19-related research: "Laser, Biosciences Researchers Combine Efforts to Study Viruses in Droplets"
Areas of expertise: accelerators, fusion, lasers, quantum, spin qubits
Irfan Siddiqi received his AB (1997) in chemistry & physics from Harvard University. He then went on to receive a PhD (2002) in applied physics from Yale University, where he stayed as a postdoctoral researcher until 2005. Irfan joined the physics department at the University of California, Berkeley in the summer of 2006. In 2006, Irfan was awarded the George E. Valley, Jr. prize by the American Physical Society for the development of the Josephson bifurcation amplifier. In 2007, he was awarded the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Hellman Family Faculty Fund, and the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Partnership Faculty Fund.
His group, the Quantum Nanoelectronics Laboratory, investigates the quantum coherence of various condensed matter systems ranging from microscopic nanomagnets such as single molecule magnets to complex macroscopic electrical circuits. To measure the electric and magnetic properties of these quantum systems, they are developing novel microwave frequency quantum-noise-limited amplifiers based on superconducting Josephson junctions formed by both oxide tunnel barriers and carbon nanotube weak links. Current topics of research include the dependence of quantum coherence on system complexity, the non-equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics of non-linear oscillators, the quantum coherence of single molecules, and topological architectures for maximum coherence in superconducting circuits.
Areas of expertise: quantum computing, condensed matter physics, superconducting qubits, quantum limited amplifiers, quantum circuits