The Chicago Quantum Exchange partners with industry, international, nonprofit and regional colleagues to collaboratively accelerate the progress of quantum science. Partners and CQE scientists combine the unique capabilities of their organizations to advance research, address gaps in the quantum and tech industries and expand career opportunities for the next generation of the quantum workforce. By combining efforts with one another, CQE and its partners bridge institutional boundaries and create a united quantum community.

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Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems. As part of Boeing’s Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) organization, which works on quantum communications and computing, as well as neuromorphic processing and advanced sensing, the company supports collaborative research projects at CQE members institutions.


Scientists from across the CQE collaborate with IBM and its IBM Q Network on hardware and software, in particular on compilers for distributed quantum systems, as well as quantum transduction for coupling and communicating with quantum computers. IBM also supports five postdoctoral researchers to work closely with scientists across the CQE and IBM to advance quantum research.


Ally Financial, a leading digital financial-services company working to change the online banking landscape with innovative digital experiences. Ally hopes to explore potential quantum technology use cases in areas such as data security, analytical modeling, and portfolio optimization. 

Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Applied’s expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale can help enable technology advancements across a broad range of applications.


Quantum is disrupting computing. Classiq’s Quantum Algorithm Design platform is revolutionizing quantum software development. Forward-thinking companies use our platform to solve real-world problems with quantum circuits that could not be created otherwise. Our patented breakthrough technology automatically transforms high-level functional models into optimized quantum circuits for a wide range of back-end systems, turning months into minutes of work and making it possible to harness the true power of today’s and tomorrow’s computers. To learn more, follow Classiq on LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube or visit www.classiq.io

Cold Quanta

ColdQuanta is a leader in applying quantum atomic technology. In addition to work in quantum positioning, sensing and communication, the company recently partnered with CQE member institution University of Wisconsin-Madison to apply cold atom technology to quantum computing.


Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics, along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities, to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. 


Discover is a leading digital bank and global payments network driven by advanced analytics and technology to meet the needs of its customers, merchants, and partners around the globe. Discover aims to accelerate quantum information science applications in financial services – including advancements in anomaly detection, analytical modeling, and data security – and to develop and support scientific and engineering talent in the quantum field.


Duality is the first accelerator program in the nation exclusively dedicated to supporting quantum startups. This 12-month accelerator will focus on supporting and advancing companies that are building quantum technologies, products, and applications, and related enabling technologies. Duality is led by the University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange, along with founding partners the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Argonne National Laboratory, and P33.


Hamamatsu Photonics is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art devices for the generation and measurement of light. These devices include silicon photomultipliers, photomultiplier tubes, photodiodes, infrared detectors, spatial light modulators, cameras, and light sources. Hamamatsu is constantly working on the next generation of devices and detectors as quantum applications evolve and emerge.

HRL Laboratories

HRL Laboratories is a research and development laboratory that specializes in advancing ultra-high-performance circuitry, robust computing and communications, automated data extraction, and innovative architected materials. HRL’s quantum efforts include investigating spin-based semiconductor qubits as well as interfaces between qubits and photons.


Intel advances a systems-level approach to quantum research that demonstrates quantum practicality and a path to commercially viable quantum computing systems. Its research efforts include technology advancements in silicon spin qubits, control and interconnect systems for large-scale quantum systems, and quantum algorithms.

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase is a leader in the field of quantum algorithms and applications for financial use cases, such as portfolio optimization, option pricing and reinforcement learning, as well as general foundational algorithms with cross-domain applicability, such as quantum search. The firm has made a significant investment in quantum computing, collaborating with multiple quantum providers and forums. Its research team is also actively working in the area of post-quantum cryptography.

Lake Shore Cryotronics

Lake Shore Cryotronics provides high-performance cryogenic temperature instruments and sensors with calibrations down to 5 mK; low-vibration cryostats for ultra-high vacuum environments; cryogenic wafer probe stations; and complete materials characterization solutions for exploring and developing next-generation quantum materials. 


Microsoft has driven advances in scalable quantum technology for nearly two decades. Their global team of physicists, computer and materials scientists, engineers, developers, and enthusiasts are collaborating with a broad community to advance a full-stack quantum computing system, develop practical solutions, enable a quantum community, and accelerate quantum workforce development

Oxford Instruments

Oxford Instruments is a leading provider of high technology products and services to the world's leading industrial companies and scientific research communities. We are at the forefront of enabling solutions for Quantum Technologies development. Whether you need to cool your system to milli-Kelvin temperatures, observe the quantum entanglement in photons or fabricate and characterize qubits and novel quantum materials, our solutions enable you to achieve your goals. 


Protiviti is a global consulting firm that bridges the gap between quantum research and practical business application by preparing organizations to harness the power of quantum computing. Its technology and business consultants help businesses identify real-world examples of how they might use quantum computing and understand its value to the organization and recognize and mitigate potential risks.

Quantum Design

Quantum Design manufactures automated characterization systems that allow research and exploration of new materials and devices. Quantum Design supports research and advanced teaching at the CQE, launching a new student laboratory for quantum measurements and the study of quantum materials.

Quantum Machines

Quantum Machines is the creator of a first-of-its-kind complete hardware and software solution for the control and operation of quantum computers. Its standardized platforms lay the groundwork for tackling some of the largest hurdles facing quantum computing, such as complex multi-qubit calibrations, quantum-error-correction, and scaling up to many hundreds of qubits.

Quantum Opus

Quantum Opus develops novel products and services to enable researchers to make single-photon measurements with unmatched sensitivity, speed and precision. Quantum Opus will support the CQE community through a student internship program and research exchange.


Qubitekk develops and manufactures a variety of key components for quantum networks. Qubitekk provides entangled photon sources in its support for researchers across the CQE working on the Argonne quantum loop.


Rigetti Computing is building the world’s most powerful computers to help solve humanity’s greatest problems. Rigetti leverages today’s existing high-power processors and the advanced computational power of quantum chips to accelerate deployment of quantum computing in the near term.


Super.tech is a quantum software startup spun out of research from UChicago and incubated through Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations program. Super.tech’s software aims to close the gap from near-term quantum computers to practical applications in industries such as energy and finance.

TOPTICA Photonics

TOPTICA Photonics develops and manufactures high-end laser systems for scientific and industrial applications. The company collaborates with the CQE on research and education and outreach opportunities.


Toshiba Corporation, which is developing a global platform for quantum information technology, including Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), based on decades of scientific research on quantum physics. Chicago Quantum Exchange collaborations may leverage Toshiba science and engineering that enables long distance, secure quantum communications, including QKD technology that transmits keys and data on a single fiber.


Verizon is one of the world’s leading providers of telecommunications, information, and entertainment products and services. The company collaborates with the CQE on research and student opportunities.

Zurich Instruments

Zurich Instruments develops advanced instrumentation, including quantum control systems that enable reliable control and measurement of superconducting qubits and silicon spin qubits. The company collaborates with the CQE on student opportunities and research.

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P33 catalyzes collaborations in the Chicago region’s tech ecosystem to facilitate economic growth and turn the city into an inclusive innovation leader. P33 aims to unlock the commercial potential of quantum information science from within the region by building and enhancing collaborations and translating quantum research into industry-led commercial viability.

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The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) aims to enable and grow the U.S. quantum industry. Established with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, QED-C has support from multiple agencies and stakeholders to identify gaps in quantum technology, standards, and workforce, and then works to address those gaps through collaboration.

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QuTech, a partnership between the Delft University of Technology and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, brings together science and engineering to create scalable prototypes for quantum computing and the future quantum internet. QuTech is a pioneer in quantum effects in semiconductor and superconductor circuits and in translating fundamental scientific breakthrough into leading quantum technology developments.

University of New South Wales

The Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology in the University of New South Wales hosts quantum physicists and engineers who are leading researchers in silicon-based quantum computing. UNSW researchers are focused on delivering full-scale quantum systems for quantum computing, communication, and information processing through material design and novel methods for entangling quantum information.

Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, is one of the world’s top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions and offers masters’ and doctoral-level degrees across five faculties. Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, Institute scientists are advancing research on the human brain, artificial intelligence, computer science and encryption, astrophysics and particle physics, and they are tackling diseases such as cancer, and addressing climate change through environmental, ocean and plant sciences, and more.

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Ohio State University

Quantum efforts at the Ohio State University span research, education, and innovation in physics, computer science and engineering, and educational studies.