Quantum Technology

Oxford Martin Programme on Bio-Inspired Quantum Technologies

What are we doing?
We aim to develop a completely new methodology for overcoming the extreme fragility of quantum memory. By learning how biological molecules shield fragile quantum states from the environment, we hope to create the building blocks of future quantum computers.

Why is it important?
This new approach could lead to the first quantum computer with a large enough memory to make it useful beyond laboratories. Such a computer would process information faster than classical computers, but more importantly, it would be capable of modelling systems, such as climate models or physiological function, which are too challenging for today’s supercomputers.

How are we different?
Most current approaches build quantum memory by adding quantum bits, one by one, from the bottom up. Our radical new approach offers a top-down perspective from biology, whereby we learn from nature how large complex systems such as biomolecules achieve quantum coherence before we replicate their properties in sub-units.

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Dieter Jaksch

Dr Dieter Jaksch

Professor of Physics
Vlatko Vedral

Professor Vlatko Vedral

Professor of Quantum Information Science

Principal Investigators

Samson Abramsky

Professor Samson Abramsky

Christopher Strachey Professor of Computing
Arzhang Ardavan

Dr Arzhang Ardavan

Reader in Physics
Simon Benjamin

Dr Simon Benjamin

Senior Fellow in Quantum Materials
Andrew Briggs

Professor Andrew Briggs

Professor of Nanomaterials
Bob Coecke

Professor Bob Coecke

Professor of Quantum Foundations, Logics and Structures
Christopher Foot

Professor Christopher Foot

Professor of Physics
Jonathan Jones

Professor Jonathan Jones

University Lecturer in Atomic and Laser Physics
Joshua Nunn

Dr Joshua Nunn

Royal Society University Research Fellow
Simon Saunders

Professor Simon Saunders

Professor of Philosophy of Physics
Brian Smith

Dr Brian Smith

University Lecturer in Experimental Quantum Physics
Jason Smith

Dr Jason Smith

Lecturer in Materials
Andrew Steane

Professor Andrew Steane

Tutor in Physics
Robert Taylor

Professor Robert Taylor

Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Andrew Turberfield

Professor Andrew Turberfield

Professor of Physics
Ian Walmsley

Professor Ian Walmsley

Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and University Collections)


Tristan Farrow

Dr Tristan Farrow

Research Fellow