University of Chicago

memQ is developing an integrated quantum photonics platform that will enable quantum communication between computers at distances orders of magnitude greater than what is available today. Led by Manish Kumar Singh, memQ’s team includes Sean Sullivan, a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, and Supratik Guha, professor at the Pritzker Molecular Engineering and senior advisor to Argonne Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate.

A “quantum system on a chip,” the startup’s platform aims to enable completely un-hackable communication protocols at distances spanning 1000s of kilometers using devices called quantum repeaters. The platform is compatible with existing telecommunication infrastructures in addition to being “fab compatible,” which means that the material can go into an existing semiconductor fabrication plant and leverage existing nanofabrication technologies.