About C-QAST

Interest in quantum sciences is growing exponentially across the globe since the implementation of modern quantum technologies might benefit from the remarkable quantum properties (the so-called second quantum revolution). In response, Idaho National Laboratory established the Center for Quantum Actinide Science and Technology (C-QAST).

C-QAST is designed to make significant advances in the field of quantum science and technology through the study of actinide materials. The center will establish partnerships with universities, national laboratories, and industry in this rapidly expanding area of research with critical importance to national security. The center’s mission is aligned with the goals of the National Quantum Initiative Act as it enhances national security and the country’s global leadership in quantum science research and engineering; specifically, correlated actinide quantum materials, quantum chemistry, quantum information, and quantum engineering.

C-QAST Goals

C-QAST’s main goals are to:

  • Advance foundational knowledge in the area of actinide quantum science and technology
  • Enable effective and impactful translation of fundamental knowledge to industry
  • Train a diverse future workforce through mentorship and education

C-QAST accomplishes its goals by:

  • Fostering an intellectual environment and critical mass of scientific pursuit for key problems in quantum sciences
  • Creating strategic external collaborations and alliances for actinides quantum research
  • Developing a sustained portfolio of cutting-edge research, outreach, and education projects
  • Expanding the regional, national, and international recognition of research and engineering efforts at INL

Advisory Council

Kathryn Moler
Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Marvin Chodorow Professor, and Professor of Applied Physics and Physics
Stanford University

Sophia Economou
Department of Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Mingda Li
Norman C Rasmussen Assistant Professor
Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tomasz Durakiewicz
Program Director for Condensed Matter Physics
National Science Foundation
Guest Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory


C-QAST Contact

Krzysztof Gofryk

Phone: (208) 526-4902