Quantum Computing and Nanotechnology
Andrew Dzurak is one of Australia’s leading experts in nanoelectronics and quantum computing technologies. He is the Director of ANFF-NSW, the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF – see www.anff.org.au ), a network of university-based laboratories that provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art fabrication facilities. ANFF enables users to process and transform materials into structures that...view more
Andrew Dzurak is one of Australia’s leading experts in nanoelectronics and quantum computing technologies. He is the Director of ANFF-NSW, the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF – see www.anff.org.au ), a network of university-based laboratories that provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art fabrication facilities. ANFF enables users to process and transform materials into structures that have application in sensors, medical devices, nanophotonics and nanoelectronics.
Following a PhD at the University of Cambridge, Andrew returned to Australia in 1994 to establish Australia’s highest resolution electron-beam lithography capability at UNSW, offering nanoelectronic device feature sizes down to 10 nanometers. He also began work on an initiative to construct in Australia a solid state quantum computer, and was one of the founder members of the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology in January 2000. The centre has achieved major advances in the international effort to realize large-scale quantum information processing and expanded in 2011 to become the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. It maintains the world’s largest focused collaboration on silicon-based quantum computing and Andrew is the Centre’s Work-Package Leader in this area, as well as the Lead Investigator for a major grant from the US Army Research Office in silicon quantum computing.
Andrew and his team have developed a range of single atom nanotechnologies that will be required for silicon quantum computing and that also have relevance to today’s semiconductor industry. Andrew is a Director of the company Qucor Pty Ltd, which was established to commercialize this research. He is a regular invited speaker at international conferences on quantum computing and nanotechnology, and has served on numerous advisory bodies including the Expert Working Group for the 2012 Australian National Nanotechnology Strategy, for the Australian Academy of Science, the Expert Working Group for the DIISR 2008 Roadmap Review of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, and the Scholar Selection Committee of the Cambridge Australia Trust. In 2011 Andrew was elected to a UNSW Scientia Professorship, the highest academic rank within the university, for his research achievements.
Since 2010 Andrew has published 10 papers in the prestigious Science and Nature group journals, including 4 seminal papers in Nature that have demonstrated the world’s first one- and two-qubit quantum logic calculations in silicon chip devices. In total he has published well over 100 scientific papers and is a co-inventor on 11 patent families. In 2011 Andrew shared the Australian Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, and in 2012 was awarded the New South Wales Science and Engineering award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies.
Key areas of research include:
- quantum computation
- nanofabrication technologies
- silicon nanoelectronics
- single electron transistors
As Lead Investigator:
2016 US$5.2M – US Army Research Office, “Multi-qubit operations using SiMOS quantum dots” (2017-2020)
2015 $470K – ARC Discovery, “Silicon Electron Pump: A New World Standard for Electric Current” (2016-18)
2015 $700K – ARC LIEF, “Silicon LPCVD Facility for Quantum Computing & Solar Cells” (for 2016)
As Joint Chief Investigator:
2017 $33M – ARC Centre of Excellence, “Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology” (for 2018-24)
PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge, UK (1993)
BSc (Hons I & University Medal in Physics), University of Sydney (1987)
Elected Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales (2015)
“Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2015”, Physics World, UK (2015)
Best New Invention, UNSW Innovation Awards (2014)
NSW Govt. Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies (2012)
Eureka Prize for Scientific Research (2011)
UNSW Scientia Professorship (2011)
Finalist, Eureka Prize for Scientific Research (2007)
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Australian Research Council (1996)