Interview: David Wellnitz

David Wellnitz is a QMat PhD student who profited from support from QMat to participate in an international conference in Chile.

“I am David Wellnitz and I am a PhD student in the quantum matter theory group of Prof. Pupillo, where I investigate how quantum optics can be connected to molecular systems. This winter — thanks to the support of QMat — I was able to present the results of my first year on an international conference in Chile from the 17th to the 20th of December. This conference was aimed at connecting researchers from different fields summarized as molecular quantum technologies, and offer them a platform to exchange idea and plan new projects.
Presenting my project in a talk on that conference not only gave me valuable feedback on the project, but also allowed me to discuss with experimentalists who are interested in applying my theory to their experiment. Furthermore, exchanging ideas with scientists from other fields than my own helped me to gain a broader background knowledge
and better understanding of related topics. This also gave me some ideas for future research projects and how I can connect my own work to other fields. All in all, this conference was very useful for me on the scientific level and I am grateful that QMat provided me with the opportunity to participate and present my work.”

Interview: Suvidyakumar Homkar

Suvidyakumar Homkar is a QMat PhD student who profited from support from QMat to participate in the “Quantum Industry Day” in Technoparkstrasse.


“A year long research stint during my Master’s degree in India had inspired and motivated me to further explore the option of PhD degree, which eventually led me to join IPCMS, Strasbourg as a Doctoral researcher in the fall season of 2017. The thing which impressed me the most in the institute was the highly inter-disciplinary nature of the research conducted in various groups, which had unequivocal impact on extending the plethora of functionalities compared to those available traditionally. In-spite of such strong research output, I found that solid efforts would be required for converting this academic excellence into industry size scalable day-to-day life products, which is highly complicated and non-trivial task. An essential first step is to establish strong collaborations with Industry partners and develop sophisticated R & D projects pertaining to the needs of industry.

In regard to extend the efforts, I joined QMAT with the primary goal of identifying potential industry partners and establish industry contacts. In order to establish these contacts the best way is to attend networking events which invite both industry and academic partners. I attended such a networking event recently on behalf of QMAT entitled “Quantum Industry Day” in Technoparkstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland on 4th October 2019. The main aim of this event was to gather academic and industrial R&D partners to foster exchange and accelerate the development of new quantum products. The programme covered the areas of quantum computing, quantum sensing, quantum instrumentation and quantum communication, each of these having independent plenary sessions. The unique aspect of such events are the face-to-face meetings where you can host and book meetings with CEO’s, CTO’s, Professor’s associated with established and/or start up quantum companies, and discuss a possible collaboration/ product idea. Owing to this, it was possible to establish first contact on behalf of QMAT with certain companies of interest and the possibility of long term partnerships are currently being explored. The next installation of this networking event will be held on 2nd October 2020, I strongly encourage students and my fellow colleagues to attend this event which can help you grow your personal network and build valuable connections.”




EUR brochures are online

We are pleased to announce that the EUR brochures are available online on the website of University of Strasbourg following these links:    (English)     (French)

The brochures contain the information about the four unique graduate schools of University of Strasbourg out of which QMat is one of them.

Please kindly have a look.


QMat team


Miniworkshop QISkit and QMat Welcome

We invite you to a meeting to welcome the new students of the Quantum Science and Nanomaterials graduate school (QMat) on Friday 6 of September at 15h00 – 18h00 in the auditorium of IPCMS (Building 69, 23 rue d loess).

As part of the event there will be invited talks by Dr. V. Faramazi (Design & engineering ASML & Unistra alumna) and Dr. J. Wootton (IBM Zurich), as well as an opportunity to share a drink with your colleagues .

Prior to the QMat welcome meeting there is a special mini-symposium on quantum computing organised by the QMat young investigator group which is also open – interested students are especially encouraged to take part. The schedule is as follows:

10h00 Opening & Registration
10h30 Introduction to IBM QISKit
11h15 Coffee break
11h35 Training on QISKit framework
12h20 Lunch
14h00 Talk on Quantum Chemistry

15h00 QMat Welcome speak
15h45 Dr. V. Faramarzi – PhD 2011 UniStra (Design & engineering ASML)
16h30 Dr. J. Wootton (IBM Zurich)
17h00 YIG session
17h45 Drinks & Snacks

We look forward to seeing you there.


QMat team

Mini-symposium on Quantum Approaches to Computing, 31 May 2019

With great pleasure you are invited to a minisymposium on Quantum approaches to computing.

It will take place in the afternoon of Friday 31 May, starting at 13:30 in the Petit Amphi de Math (PAM) of the UFR de mathématique et d’informatique (Esplanade campus).

The event will be aimed at a general audience, and students are especially encouraged to attend.

Poster of the mini-symposium


13h30 – Opening remarks   Pierre Collet / Shannon Whitlock

13h40 – Quantum computing: Concepts and recent developments   Stefanie BarzInstitute for Functional Matter and Quantum Technologies, Stuttgart University

In my talk, I will give a basic introduction into quantum computing. I will first introduce the basic concepts, qubits and quantum gates, and will show some fundamental quantum algorithms. I will then give an overview of different experimental systems and show some implementations of quantum computation. I will conclude the talk with a summary of future challenges.

14h30 – Entanglement as an emergent complex system  Pierre ColletCSTB team, ICUBE laboratory, UFR Mathématique et Informatique, University of Strasbourg

15h10 – Coffee Break

15h30 – From quantum simulation to quantum computing, with ultracold atoms   Shannon WhitlockIPCMS, University of Strasbourg & CNRS

16h00 – Variational quantum state engineering and hybrid quantum-classical computing   Tobias WintermantelIPCMS & University of Heidelberg

16h30 – General Discussion / Brainstorming

QMat PhD presentations

The QMat PhD presentations will take place on Tuesday, march 19th, 2019 between 2pm and 5pm at the auditorium of the IPCMS.  These presentations will be an experienced feedback from the PhD students to the Master students. This represents a very good opportunity to express the research in a simple popularized format. To know more details, please have a look at above schedule .

Scientific Art Exhibition:From Nano to Macro World, 23/10/2018

QMat proudly supports the Scientific Art Exhibition – From Nano to Macro World

From the proton to the observable universe, scientists have captured infinite images that represent the world around us. Come to see the fascinating scale difference between the different research fields. StrasAir organized a Scientific Art-Exhibition: From Nano to Macro World on 23rd October 2018 at the College Doctorale Européen, Strasbourg, France. The chief guest and judge of the event was Ms. Elisabeth Brown (Media Editor | Nature). Along with judging the images, she also presented a short talk. In the end, three best images were awarded the prizes. To learn more about the event, please follow the link: