Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)

Based at the University of Waterloo, the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is a world-leading quantum institute that harnesses the quantum laws of nature to develop powerful new technologies. Moreover, the IQC trains the quantum workforce and support industry through shared-infrastructure and expertise. The IQC’s ongoing partnerships span the globe, encompassing collaborations with other universities, industry, and the public sector on research, training, educational outreach, and device fabrication.

Applications areas of quantum technologies include MRI scanners, lasers, solar cells, electron microscopes, and atomic clocks used for GPS. Quantum information technologies aim to fully control individual quantum systems. Achieving this control promises new capabilities for computation, digital communication, sensor technology, and other applications.


Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC)
Room 1212 Institute for Quantum Computing Headquarters
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3G1

Areas of Expertise

Quantum computing
– Security
– Optimization
– Simulation of physical, chemical, and biological processes
– Drug and material design

Quantum communication
– Security, privacy and cryptography
– Satellite-based global quantum networks

Quantum sensing
– Early cancer detection and improved cancer treatment
– Improved geological exploration
– Structural biology
– Defence

Quantum materials
– Foundation of practical quantum devices
– High-capacity energy storage
– Zero-loss electricity transportation


Product R&D
Process R&D
Materials R&D

Contact Information



Twitter: @QuantumIQC


Published: September 20, 2021

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