April 11, 2022

New horizons in Quantum Materials

ICFO International School on the Frontiers of Light

June 27 – June 30

ICFO Auditorium & Online (Zoom)



Quantum materials have macroscopic properties that are governed by interacting particles, or by entanglement, or giving rise to collective excitations known as quasiparticles. This school aims to direct our vision into a new horizon of science and technology based on quantum materials, from advanced superconducting materials, to van der Waals materials, moiré quantum matter, collective phenomena, strong light-matter interactions and more. The school will introduce advanced theoretical and experimental tools used to study quantum materials, and provide a glimpse of the wealth of potential applications, ranging from high-energy experimental and theoretical physics, to materials science and energy storage.

This 4-day international school will cover topics including: 2D Materials, van der Waals hetero-structures, twistronics, Near-field microscopy, STM, cavity QED materials engineering, topology, and quantum batteries.

The event will include lectures & seminars, discussion sessions, and student talks and posters where participants will have the opportunity to interact and present their own research.

The school is open to registration from interested students and researchers worldwide.

ICFO will offer up to 5 SPIE@ICFO Chair Travel Fellowships for selected students to attend the school.

Two SPIE@ICFO Chair Research Internships to conduct a project with an ICFO research group are also available on a competitive basis to outstanding students selected to attend the school.

Lectures and seminars will be broadcast online and are open to registration from interested students and researchers worldwide.





International Schools on the Frontiers of Light aim at giving talented young researchers and students worldwide a first introduction to a thematic research area and a taste of an international research environment. These schools incorporate a dynamic and social learning environment beyond participating in lectures, including group discussions, direct interactions with the lecturers, student talks and poster presentations. 

ICFO do not tolerate any type of conduct or behavior considered harassment or bullying and have clear defined policies against harassment. 


Participating Institutions: 

ICFO is a research institution that aims to advance the very limits of the science and technology of light, tackling important challenges faced by society at large in all areas of life, including health, energy, information, safety, security and caring for the environment. ICFO is a CERCA center,  member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and a GraphCAT partner . More information about ICFO can be found here.


Scientific Organisers:

ICREA Professor Dr Frank Koppens (ICFO), Prof Dr Robert Sewell (ICFO) and Prof Dr Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (MIT).


**  This activity is co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020 with the support of the Department de Recerca i Universitat, with a grant of 50% of the total eligible cost (GraphCAT 001-P-001702)