EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: London Centre for Nanotechnology


For many years, quantum mechanics has been a curiosity at the heart of physics. Its development was essential to many of the key breakthroughs of 20th century science, but it is famous for counter-intuitive features; the superposition illustrated by Schrödinger's cat; and the quantum entanglement responsible for Einstein's "spooky action at a distance". Quantum Technologies are based on the idea that the "weirdness" of quantum mechanics also presents a technological opportunity. Since quantum mechanical systems behave in a fundamentally different way to large-scale systems, if this behaviour could be controlled and exploited it could be utilised for fundamentally new technologies.

Ideas for using quantum effects to enhancing computation, cryptography and sensing emerged in the 1980s, but the level of technology required to exploit them was out of reach. Quantum effects were only observed in systems at either very tiny scales (at the level of atoms and molecules) or very cold temperatures (a fraction of a degree above absolute zero). Many of the key quantum mechanical effects predicted many years ago were only confirmed in the laboratory in the 21st century. For example, a decisive demonstration of Einstein's spooky action at a distance was first achieved in 2015. With such rapid experimental progress in the last decade, we have reached a turning point, and quantum effects previously confined to university laboratories are now being demonstrated in commercially fabricated chips and devices.

Quantum Technologies could have a profound impact on our economy and society; Quantum computers that can perform computations beyond the capabilities of the most powerful supercomputer; microscopic sensing devices with unprecedented sensitivity; communications whose security is guaranteed by the laws of physics. These technologies could be hugely transformative, with potential impacts in health-care, finance, defence, aerospace, energy and transport.

While the past 30 years of quantum technology research have been largely confined to universities, the delivery of practical quantum technologies over the next 5-10 years will be defined by achievements in industrial labs and industry-academic partnerships. For this industry to develop, it will be essential that there is a workforce who can lead it. This workforce requires skills that no previous industry has utilised, combining a deep understanding of the quantum physics underlying the technologies as well as the engineering, computer science and transferrable skills to exploit them.

The aim of our Centre for Doctoral Training is to train the leaders of this new industry. They will be taught advanced technical topics in physics, engineering, and computer science, alongside essential broader skills in communication and entrepreneurship. They will undertake world-class original research leading to a PhD. Throughout their studies they will be trained by, and collaborate with a network of partner organisations including world-leading companies and important national government laboratories. The graduates of our Centre for Doctoral Training will be quantum technologists, helping to create and develop this potentially revolutionary 21st-century industry in the UK.

Planned Impact

The first and most important impact of our Centre will be through the cross-disciplinary technical training it provides for its students. Through this training, they will have not only skills to control and exploit quantum physics in new ways, but also the background in device engineering and information science to bring these ideas to implementation and to seek out new applications. Our commercial and governmental partners tell us how important these skills are in the growing number of people they are hiring in the field of quantum technologies. In the longer term we expect our graduates to be prominent in the development of new technologies and their application to communication, information processing, and measurement science in leading university and government laboratories as well as in commercial research and development. In the shorter term we expect them to be carrying out doctoral research of the highest international quality.

Second, impact will also flow from the students' approach to enterprise and technology transfer. From the outset they will be encouraged to think about the value of intellectual property, the opportunity it provides, and the fundraising needed to support research and development. As students with this mindset come to play a prominent part in university and commercial laboratories, their common background will help to break down the traditional barriers between these sectors and deliver the promise of quantum technologies for the benefit of the UK and world economies. Concrete actions to accelerate this impact will include entrepreneurship training and an annual CDT industry day.

Third, through the participation it nucleates in the training programme and in students' research, the Centre will bring together a community of partners from industry and government laboratories. In the short term this will facilitate new collaborations and networks involving the partners and the students; in the long term it will help to ensure that the supply of highly skilled people from the CDT reaches the parts of industry that need them most.

Finally, the CDT will have a strong impact on the quantum technologies training landscape in the UK. The Centre will organise training events and workshops open to all doctoral researchers to attend. We will also collaborate with CDTs in the quantum technologies and related research areas to coordinate our efforts and maximise our joint impact. Working in consort, these CDTs will form a vibrant national training network benefitting the entire UK doctoral research community.


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Studentship Projects

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EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2028
2252686 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/09/2019 01/10/2023 Samuel Griffiths
2252510 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 01/10/2023 Asmae Benhemou
2252593 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 11/01/2024 Dylan Lewis
2252590 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 01/01/2024 Falk Cedric Maximilian Bonus
2257965 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 21/11/2023 Luke Brown
2252523 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 01/10/2023 Daphne Wang
2252587 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 01/10/2023 Natasha Feinstein
2252595 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 01/10/2023 Eleanor Parker
2327797 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2019 16/03/2024 Sami Boulebnane
2407107 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Lesley Gover
2420900 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 06/01/2026 Michael Williams
2407166 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Ana Villanueva Ruiz de Temino
2407101 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2025 Cerys Flora Barlow Myers
2407155 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Thomas Swift
2407122 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Madalina Mironiuc
2420899 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Timothy Weaving
2412450 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Nuttamas Tubsrinuan
2407154 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Guy Sutcliffe
2407153 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Arthur Pesah
2420903 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 31/10/2024 Robert Banks
2407103 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2025 Itsaso Blanco
2407119 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Kin Ian Lo
2407115 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2025 Kumail Kermalli
2407162 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 05/01/2025 George Umbrarescu
2407953 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Jack Dunham
2579795 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Matthew Tam
2578471 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Constance Laine
2579793 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Shashvat Shukla
2579792 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Yi Shi
2578468 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Peter Jones
2578370 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Leon Guerrero
2579791 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Hasan Sayginel
2579794 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Martyna Sienkiewicz
2578467 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Thomas Holden-Dye
2586666 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Dominik Kufel
2579790 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2021 30/09/2025 Louise McCaul
2722039 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 James Purcell
2722031 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Jeremy Morgan
2722025 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Marcell Kovacs
2722033 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Anastasia Moroz
2722037 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Sheila Perez Garcia
2722021 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Torr Fischman
2722006 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Angus Mingare
2722041 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Oscar Solomons-Tuke
2721746 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Parth Bhandari
2719042 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2022 30/09/2026 Callum Canavan
2877967 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Helen Sawyer
2877965 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Surabhi Luthra
2877963 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Abraham Jacob
2878676 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Kian Jansepar
2877959 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Edward Alexandroff
2877964 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Simone Lin
2877968 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Natasha Tien Mei Siow
2877966 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Michal Piotrak
2877962 Studentship EP/S021582/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Andrew Elkadi
2877961 Studentship EP/S021582/1 02/10/2023 30/09/2027 Irene Cáceres Muñoz