Welcome to the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

Shared by the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre provides our researchers with the tools and opportunities they need to unlock the amazing power of quantum information science and the boundless potential of nanotechnology.

The groundbreaking discoveries that happen here will continue Waterloo’s long tradition of research excellence, innovation and collaboration through the 21st century.

I warmly invite you to explore this architectural and scientific marvel for yourself.

Feridun Hamdullahpur

President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Waterloo

About the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre

Steel and glass reflecting the sky - The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano CentreThe science of the incredibly small — atoms, electrons, photons and other inhabitants of the nano-scale world — is taking a giant leap with the opening of the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. 

Shared by the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and the Nanotechnology Engineering program, this state-of-the-art facility is built to the most stringent scientific controls against vibration, temperature fluctuations, electromagnetic radiation and more, enabling research and discovery at the forefront of science. 

An architectural marvel at the heart of the University of Waterloo campus, the building is creatively designed to spark conversation and collaboration between researchers from across disciplines, and attract the world's top scientific minds to Waterloo. 

Research at the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre will lead to transformative technologies, such as ultra-powerful quantum computers, innovative quantum devices and nanotechnologies with applications that will benefit society in countless ways. 

This one-of-a-kind facility represents the University of Waterloo's next giant leap in the science of the very small. 

Technical Specifications:

  • 285,000 square feet, shared between the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
  • Meets highest scientific standards for control of vibration, humidity, electromagnetic radiation and temperature
  • Shared cleanroom/fabrication facility enables design of structures billionths of a metre in size
  • Labs constructed underground to minimize electromagnetic interference and vibration
  • Highly convertible “mind spaces” accommodate conferences, public lectures and more
  • Auditorium with multi-tiered retractable seating splits into two or four rooms to accommodate up to 220 people
  • Six-storey atrium with floating staircase provides common ground for scientists of all disciplines to meet and collaborate
  • An architectural marvel at the heart of campus
  • Vertical windows of varying reflectivity/transparency on IQC metaphorically signify quantum superposition; honeycomb patter on WIN side represents strong natural nanostructures