A new research partnership launched into quantum and nano technologies

MoU signing at Buckingham Palace with HRH Price Andrew

A new research partnership, for the joint research and development of quantum and nano technologies, has been launched between the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at University College London (UCL) and Lockheed Martin (LMUK).

Announced at an event hosted by HRH Prince Andrew in Buckingham Palace, London, it combines the world-class research facilities at UCL with the global innovation and manufacturing capabilities of LMUK.

The partnership will identify projects which support undergraduate, graduate, post doctoral and faculty research and development programmes at LMUK, named one of the world’s top 100 most innovative companies in a Thomson Reuters list of global innovators, published December 4.

Commenting on the news, Brad Pietras, director of advanced research and development programmes, said: “Partnerships between academia and industry enable technology transition from the laboratory to the marketplace and support innovation and economic development. We look forward to working with LCN”

The discovery of quantum physics in the 1920s transformed science and unlocked whole new generations of technology, giving us everything from silicon chips to fibre optic communication.

Today, governments worldwide are making considerable investments in quantum science which is emerging as a new wave of technologies. It has the capacity to make major impacts across numerous fields, ranging from sensors so powerful that they can examine single biomolecules to computers so that can accurately predict the properties of materials we have not yet synthesised!

LMUK’s continued success – and the UK’s engineering excellence – depends on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent. For this reason, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities are a major focus of their education outreach.