March 27, 2023

Young Introduces Bill to Develop Innovative Materials Critical to Our National Security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) introduced bipartisan legislation to include quantum molecular simulations and modeling in federal scientific research to ensure U.S. industries can take advantage of emerging technologies.

The Quantum in Practice Act would modify the federal definition of “quantum information science” to include quantum modeling and simulation. By modernizing the federal definition, this bill would pave the way for a variety of U.S. industries and sectors, such as agriculture andlife sciences, to develop innovative materials critical to our economy and national security.

“Quantum simulations are able to model interactions at the sub-molecular level and create a cost-effective alternative to the expensive development of new fertilizers, medications, protective equipment, and more. As we secure our competitive advantage in the 21st century, we must support the cutting-edge research that will revolutionize Indiana’s agriculture and life sciences industries. The Quantum in Practice Act would help ensure that American researchers and industries can pursue practical applications to advance quantum technologies,” said Senator Young.

“This legislation recognizes the potential of quantum information science to lead to advancements in agriculture, energy, health, and more,” said Senator Reverend Warnock.“That is why I am glad to join Senator Young in this bipartisan effort to unlock a new wave of American innovation.”

Quantum computing has the potential to spur advancements that will benefit Americans including, but not limited to:

  1. Synthetic fertilizers that are produced without the current high energy and material costs;
  2. Safer and more effective medicines;
  3. Protective and more durable gear for law enforcement and military;
  4. Metals that are lighter and stronger;
  5. Materials to increase energy storage capacity;
  6. More powerful battery technologies; and
  7. New types of superconductors.

Companion legislation was sponsored on the House side by Representatives Randy Feenstra (R-IA-04) and Haley Stevens (D-MI-11).

This legislation is supported by a number of quantum policy stakeholders:

“Indiana University would like to thank Senator Young and Representative Feenstra very much for their efforts to elevate the profile of Quantum Simulation in revisions to the National Quantum Initiative. While the world waits for the much-anticipated realization of general purpose Quantum Computers in the future, researchers at IU and elsewhere are already using Quantum Simulation to understand the properties of quantum materials and complex chemical reactions. We are delighted to see recognition for this important quantum technology,” said Indiana University Vice President for Research Fred Cate.

“We are grateful for Senator Young’s continued leadership in advancing America’s innovation ecosystems and ensuring federal policies keep pace with technological discovery. Quantum technologies will enable both unprecedented opportunities and challenges. The proposed legislation will help ensure our nation’s researchers and innovators truly realize the transformational potential,” said Notre Dame Vice President for Research Robert Bernhard.

“We want to Thank Senator Young for his continue support of science and particularly the opportunity for legislative action for “Quantum in Practice.”  The Center for Quantum Technologies Consortium met at Purdue with many partners across the state and beyond.  At this event, it was clear that we can bring these new technologies to fruition and make a difference throughout the country,” said Purdue University Executive Vice President of Research Karen Plaut.

“The Quantum in Practice Act is a great first step toward updating the National Quantum Initiative Act to provide additional focus on the applied sciences for the government’s quantum efforts. Additionally, the U.S. Government must collaborate with industry to identify the complex public sector problems that can be addressed today by quantum computing applications using currently available quantum technology,” said D-Wave Systems Global Government Relations and Public Affairs Leader Allison Schwartz.

 “The Quantum in Practice Act rightfully focuses quantum use case development on molecular modeling and simulation. This area is the most likely to demonstrate the earliest Quantum Advantage for solving problems of significant importance to our citizens. Infleqtion fully endorses this act and the positive impact it will have on accelerating societal, government, and commercial value and return on investment,” said Infleqtion Vice President and Chief Quantum Advocate Dr. Bob Sutor.

Legislative text for the bill can be found here.