WHO ARE WE ?

The RQMP is a network of scientists who collaborate together, with other scientists regionally and internationally, and with industry. Together, they explore and improve advanced materials science, useful for a wide range of technologies. What unites the members of the RQMP is their methods of synthesis, manufacture, characterization and numerical calculation.

Indeed, these common methods allow scientific advances to be made in various fields of application. Thus, the expertise of a team needs to understand the contact properties in a quantum device can be found either with theorists or experimenters. The expertise of theorists working to identify new materials for solar panels and the one of experimenters who deposit optical layers are therefore complementary.

The RQMP brings together 77 research teams in 3 institutional poles: Université de Montréal/Polytechnique Montréal, McGill University, and Université de Sherbrooke. Together with the student community and research staff, it is a group of 580 people, to which is added about thirty collaborating members from other institutions, government research centers and industrial partnerships.

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

Advances in information, health, energy, or transport technologies will increasingly require the use of advanced materials.

This makes it necessary to improve advanced engineering and characterization, numerical modelling and simulation, as well as the integration of new design tools. The fundamental structural, electronic and optical properties then discovered will inspire the development of more efficient materials or open the door to the exploitation of phenomena and the emergence of a considerable number of new technologies.

THESE CAN BE :

  • Materials for solar panels and batteries ;
  • Topological materials to manipulate quantum information without destroying it ;
  • Detectors of cancer molecules or COVID-19 ;
  • Microstructures to manage heat emanating from electronic chips, or still layers allowing the reactors to be more efficient.

The RQMP mission is therefore to explore and improve the science of advanced materials underlying the technologies of many sectors through research consultation in the areas that are at the heart of its programming.

OUR GOALS

The RQMP brings together a large number of scientists who do basic and applied research. This high level of collaboration is remarkable on an international scale. 

It guarantees exchanges creating innovative projects, quick access to diversified expertise, and an exceptional training environment where hands-on teaching on advanced instruments is privileged.

It ensures cohesion in the development of world-class research platforms worth more than $100M to serve the entire community and partners.

It provides to the scientists the expertise, the synthesis and characterization tools, and skilled workforce for the development of new technologies and to find solutions to particular problems.

OUR GOALS

The RQMP brings together a large number of scientists who do basic and applied research. This high level of collaboration is remarkable on an international scale. 

It guarantees exchanges creating innovative projects, quick access to diversified expertise, and an exceptional training environment where hands-on teaching on advanced instruments is privileged.

It ensures cohesion in the development of world-class research platforms worth more than $100M to serve the entire community and partners.

It provides to the scientists the expertise, the synthesis and characterization tools, and skilled workforce for the development of new technologies and to find solutions to particular problems.

OUR MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

Global Leadership and Excellence

The level of collaboration and access to major infrastructure allows the RQMP research teams to achieve a level of international leadership. Hundreds of scientific articles are published every year, some of them in the most prestigious journals such as Science, Nature or PNAS. Our members receive important prizes and awards, such as being named Fellow by the Royal Society of Canada or seeing their discovery in Québec Science’s top 10 discoveries of the year.

Collaboration

Our success comes, on the one hand, from the close collaboration between theorists and experimenters and, on the other hand, from the research integration in basic and applied science. Through these common methods, members can find better materials to explore new quantum phenomena or new methods of surface functionalization. Together, RQMP members receive tens of millions of dollars in grants in equipment, or for team or partnership projects.

Training

The strength of the RQMP comes in particular from the sharing of research infrastructure, operated by specialists in the field. Through their expertise, these members not only contribute to the synthesis or characterization of new materials but also guide users on the best way to proceed or interpret the results and train them until they often become experts in the methods themselves. The result is a training, research and innovation environment that meets the aspirations of RQMP members. Thus, 400 to 500 students are trained directly on the tools and methods. Graduate members then often join the high-tech industry or move on to a high-level academic career.

OUR MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

Global Leadership and Excellence

The level of collaboration and access to major infrastructure allows the RQMP research teams to achieve a level of international leadership. Hundreds of scientific articles are published every year, some of them in the most prestigious journals such as Science, Nature or PNAS. Our members receive important prizes and awards, such as being named Fellow by the Royal Society of Canada or seeing their discovery in Québec Science’s top 10 discoveries of the year.

Collaboration

Our success comes, on the one hand, from the close collaboration between theorists and experimenters and, on the other hand, from the research integration in basic and applied science. Through these common methods, members can find better materials to explore new quantum phenomena or new methods of surface functionalization. Together, RQMP members receive tens of millions of dollars in grants in equipment, or for team or partnership projects.

Training

The strength of the RQMP comes in particular from the sharing of research infrastructure, operated by specialists in the field. Through their expertise, these members not only contribute to the synthesis or characterization of new materials but also guide users on the best way to proceed or interpret the results and train them until they often become experts in the methods themselves. The result is a training, research and innovation environment that meets the aspirations of RQMP members. Thus, 400 to 500 students are trained directly on the tools and methods. Graduate members then often join the high-tech industry or move on to a high-level academic career.