Working with a team of engineers from the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), Simon co-developed a novel form of actuation technology, designed to operate in the world’s harshest environments. Having explored the commercial potential of the lightweight, servicing free, corrosion-proof technology, he has co-founded Actuation Lab Ltd, the spin out company that will strive to deliver this ground-breaking technology to market.
George is a co-founder of Quantum Dice, to commercialise a quantum random number generation technology to enhance cyber-security. As a QTEC fellow he is looking to use cutting edge deep-tech to innovate at scale and acquire the knowledge and connections to achieve the vision of a secure world.
Nick completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Leeds, obtaining an MPhys and then continuing on to obtain his PhD in quantum optics in 2019. His research was focused on atom-field interactions and the behaviour of light in the presence of optical elements, such as mirrors, with the aim of designing novel quantum technologies. As a QTEC fellow, his aim is to develop and commercialise optical sensing technology capable of monitoring biomarkers, such as blood glucose and blood alcohol, in a convenient and non-invasive manner.
Ben originally trained in Psychology, specialising in the technique of Magnetoencephalography (MEG) during his masters. His PhD, at the home of MRI – the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, identified the relations between personality and brain structure on MEG measures of brain function. In early 2017 he moved to Toronto to pursue a post-doctoral position at The Hospital for Sick Children focusing on neurodevelopment in health and disease, as assessed by MEG.
In September 2019 he moved back to the UK to commercialise the ground-breaking work of his former lab group in Nottingham, led by Prof Matthew Brookes. The first product to be launched will be a new generation of MEG system. This product overcomes the issues inherent with existing cryogenic systems by adopting room temperature sensors that can be placed directly on the head – creating the world’s best functional neuroimaging device.
After a degree in physics, I did a master degree in nanoengineering, during which I moved back to physics to work on quantum optomechanics - at Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology- and quantum cavities and Rydberg atoms- at l'ecole normale superieure, Paris. Following that, I moved to London to join UCL for my PhD studies. During the time I spent at UCL, I had the chance to work on quantum annealing-based computing and brain-inspired electronics.
Leo holds an M.Eng in electronic Engineering (York) and a Ph.D in Communications Engineering (Bristol). His PhD and postdoctoral research concerned radio transceiver circuit technologies which enable simultaneous transmission and reception on the same frequency channel. As a QTEC fellow he is investigating commercial applications for this technology.
James is working on commercialising computational design for photonics - a technology that creates components for use in quantum devices, data centres and telecommunications that are better than those designed by humans.
His PhD on photon sources for linear optical quantum computing with Toshiba’s Quantum Information Group in Cambridge resulted in 11 publications and patent.
Francis is an entrepreneurial organic chemist with a background in biotechnology and deep tech start-ups. During his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Manchester, he built a working mimic of a GPCR-receptor. These are responsible for sight, taste and smell in the human body. (https://www.nature.com/articles/nchem.2736) After his PhD, he helped to launch Deep Science Ventures (www.deepscienceventures.com), joining as a first employee before spending a year in research funding at Cancer Research UK. He has returned to Bristol to co-found Lazarus Bio.
David Ortega is a biotechnology entrepreneur. He is passionate about using biology to solve some of the worlds most pressing problems related to sustainability through establishment of the circular economy. As a synthetic biologist, he was designing and building microbes that could ferment (brew) renewable sugars into a variety of useful products such as fuels and chemicals for a variety of industries. David's focus is to now bring these technologies out of the research lab and into industry to help drive the bioeconomy forward.
Dr. Alasdair Price is a quantum scientist and technology developer exploring commercialisation opportunities for low-noise lasers. Alasidair came to the University of Bristol to undertake a PhD in quantum cryptography. While there, he co-authored a prominent landscape paper on quantum machine learning, invented a family of quantum key distribution protocols for resisting denial of service and designed masks for advanced chip-scale quantum communication devices. Alasdair’s work on integrated photonics continued, first as a Photonic Design Engineer for KETS Quantum Security and later as a Photonic Engineering Consultant after he returned to the University of Bristol as a Research Associate. He co-founded the Quantum Innovation Lab, a collaborative workshop between industry and academia, and was a finalist in EPSRC’s Connected Nation Pioneers competition, which recognises “exceptional research contributions towards the development of a Connected Nation”.
Otello graduated in chemistry at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and received his PhD at the University of Southampton with a study on catalytic surfaces. His research is focused on modelling multi-component systems and organic functional materials. His plan is to create a rapid and cost-effective service predicting the properties of new materials, a task he mastered during 10 years of postdoctoral research. This project was initially developed at the ReActor school of entrepreneurship in Bologna, and will be finalized in the QTEC programme.
Richard Taylor obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2015, for this work that Richard was awarded an IET postgraduate scholarship award. Following this he held an EPSRC doctoral prize fellowship at the University of Sheffield, and a JSPS fellowship at the University of Tokyo. Richards research has focused on development of photonic crystal surface emitting lasers, which Richard is now attempting to commercialising both at QTEC and at the RAEng as an Enterprise Fellow.
Wenmiao is a co-founder of Quantum Dice, an exciting new quantum technology spin-out from the University of Oxford which won pre-seed funding from Oxford Science Innovation within a month of formation. Wenmiao is passionate about emerging technologies and hopes to develop her entrepreneurial acumen throughout the QTEC Enterprise Fellowship. Wenmiao holds a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and has published her research in materials electrochemistry in international journals.