With their ability to harness the strange powers of quantum mechanics, qubits are the basis for potentially world-changing technologies—like powerful new types of computers or ultra-precise sensors.

Qubits (short for ) are often made of the same semiconducting materials as our everyday electronics. But an interdisciplinary team of physicists and chemists at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University has developed a new method to create tailor-made qubits: by chemically synthesizing molecules that encode into their magnetic, or "spin," states.

This new bottom-up approach could ultimately lead to that have extraordinary flexibility and control, helping pave the way for next-generation quantum technology.

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