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QuantIC’s scientists awarded prestigious fellowships

QuantIC’s Professors Gerald Buller, Doug Paul and John Rarity and Dr Jonathan Matthews were recently awarded Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Fellowships in Quantum Technology.

The Fellowships have been awarded in recognition for the work that is being done to support the exploitation of new emerging technologies and is as part of the government’s £270M investment in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

Gerald Buller
Prof. Gerald Buller

Professor Gerald Buller, founding Director of Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Photonics and Quantum Science, secured £1.4M for research in quantum enhancement of next generation imaging systems. Commenting on the fellowship, Professor Buller said, “This Fellowship will allow our group to take our quantum-enhanced imaging research to the next level, beyond laboratory work.”

Douglas Paul
Prof. Douglas Paul

Professor Douglas Paul’s Fellowship is also focused on increasing industrial uptake of quantum technologies. The Director of James Watt Nanofabrication Centre has received more than £1.5 million to work with a range of UK companies, government agencies, standards laboratories and universities to deliver a high sensitivity gas detector. Professor Paul said: “The University of Glasgow’s leadership of QuantIC and close relationship with the other UK quantum technology hubs puts us in the ideal position to foster closer and more productive relationships between academia and industry for the benefit of the UK economy”.

John Rarity
Prof. John Rarity

QuantIC’s co-investigator, Professor John Rarity at the University of Bristol also secured EPSRC Quantum Technology Fellowships. He was awarded £1.6M to develop technology that will dramatically reduce the scaling cost for building a quantum information processor which could revolutionise classical optical networks. Professor Rarity also had the honor of being recently elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in recognition of his pioneering work in experimental one-photon and two-photon optics.

Jonathan Matthews
Dr. Jonathan Matthews

Last but certainly not least, University of Bristol’s Dr Jonathan Matthews’ £1.2M Fellowship will allow him to exploit the unique properties of quantum physics to revolutionise optical sensors that fundamentally enhance performance, reduce light exposure and reduce cost. “This programme will enable me to work with companies, biologists, chemists and engineers to accelerate practical application of a fresh and revolutionary approach to sensing and measurement” said Dr Matthews. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity that this fellowship represents for myself and my team — we are going to tackle some really exciting engineering and scientific milestones”.

The EPSRC Fellowships awarded to Professors Buller, Paul and Rarity and Dr Matthews is another feather in the cap for QuantIC, following its own £27M funding to support the exploitation of quantum technology in the UK.