Professor Yuri Pashkin, co-director of the Quantum Technology Centre at Lancaster University, stated: "Together with our founder member colleagues, we hope to widen the collaboration to include all UK academics working on superconducting devices and to provide them with a centre offering the best available nanofabrication facilities worldwide, free of access charges."
As part of the creation of the UK-CSQS, Royal Holloway has been awarded GBP 2.7 million for a new nanofabrication and clean-room facility.
The award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) establishes UK-CSQS as the national centre for nanofabrication in the rapidly advancing field of superconducting quantum electronics.
Research in this field could lead to new and unique types of ultra-sensitive sensing devices and aid the construction of a superconducting quantum computer.
Science Minister Jo Johnson stated: "We are committed to securing the UK's position as a world leader in science and innovation. The Government is ensuring major new discoveries happen here, such as the creation of super-powerful quantum computers. This new funding builds on our protection for science spending by supporting research in our world-leading universities and helping to train the science leaders of tomorrow."
The new facility is expected to come on stream in the summer of 2017.