Innovation@UAE Magazine, Issue 2, English, February 2021

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ADU FACULTY AWARDED PATENT FOR SUPERCONDUCTING QUANTUM COMPUTING DEVICE Abu Dhabi University (ADU) Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Dr. Montasir Qasymeh, has received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his novel device that can connect superconducting quantum computers over significant distances. Superconducting quantum computers are expected to become the computers of the future, achieving ultrasensitive sensing and ‘unattackable’ quantum communication networks. Unlike today’s conventional computers, quantum computers can process huge amounts of data and perform computations in powerful new ways that were never possible before. The potential applications of quantum computing include accelerating innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and tackling cybersecurity challenges.

Dr. Montasir Qasymeh Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Abu Dhabi University

The patented device is composed of graphene, a substance that has been hailed as a ‘miracle material’ for its electrical properties and the fact that it is the world’s thinnest and second-strongest material. The device converts a quantum microwave signal containing data to a laser beam, using specially designed layers of graphene that are electrically connected and subjected to a laser pump. Dr. Qasymeh, who was profiled in Issue 1 of Innovation@UAE Magazine, said: “I am humbled and honored to be granted this US patent. This invention will advance the field of quantum computing in the UAE – taking us one step further towards the quantum age.” The project that produced the patent was funded through two grants. The first grant was from the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), which was awarded to the research proposal titled ‘Graphene-Based Modulator for Passive Transmission and White Light Communications’. The second grant was from Takamul, the UAE innovation program of the Department of Economic Development, which was awarded for patent filing. More information about Dr. Qasymeh’s patented device can be found on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website under patent #10,824,048 B2.