Nathan Ahmad moved to Bristol in 2005 to study Electrical and Electronic engineering at the University of Bristol and went on to complete a PhD on selective solar-thermal absorber structures. This involved the design, fabrication and testing of metallic nanostructures to maximise solar absorption and minimise thermal emittance, improving the efficiency of solar thermal energy converters. As a Quantum Technology Enterprise Fellow Nathan has a keen interest is quantum imaging and sensors and their applications to future medical diagnostic and treatment technologies.
Katie Cavanagh completed an undergraduate degree in Physics, before going on to do a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Her research centred around the fabrication and characterisation of III-nitride light emitting diodes. During this time, she worked on fabricating nanostructured devices, novel device structures and developing p-type transparent contacts. As a QTEC fellow Katie hopes to utilise the recent advances in UV LED technology for sterilisation applications.
Marcello Graziosi moved to Bristol to start a business in integrated photonics. He carried out the research activity for his PhD in Physics on superconducting nanowire single photon detector (SNSPD) at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN-CNR) in Rome, Italy. His PhD was a collaboration between IFN-CNR and Sapienza University of Rome and it was part of the Marie Curie ITN program PICQUE. In 2013, Marcello obtained a Master of Science in Nanotechnology at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm, Sweden. Here, he studied nano-semiconductor devices and cleanroom fabrication processes. Through the QTEC entrepreneurial training, Marcello is developing an integrated photonics business based on his knowledge of SNSPD, photonics and cleanroom fabrication process of Si-based devices.
Dr. Matthew Hutchings is an innovator with a research background in Superconducting quantum computing. Prier to starting the QTEC fellowship he pursued research with Britton Plourde at Syracuse University, NY in close collaboration with the IBM quantum computing group at the T.J. Watson Research Centre. With this technical background and the intensive enterprise focused business training provided by QTEC, Matt is working to found a Full stack quantum computing company that builds tailored quantum processors designed to accurately and efficiently solve optimisation problems faced by industries including chemical engineering and financial technologies.
Hatim Salih is an engineer turned quantum physicist and tech innovator. Having read at Cambridge and York, he did some of his best quantum physics work in cafes in his home country of Sudan. He lead an international team in developing a quantum technology for sending messages without actually sending anything, which ID Quantique's Prof. Nicolas Gisin described as "quite original, quite clever" and "very puzzling". He is currently working to deliver robust, future-proof encryption for those who require long-term digital privacy, and for safeguarding tomorrow's quantum internet.
James completed his BSc (Hons.) in Physics at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and has recently completed his PhD at the Australian National University. During his PhD he developed photonic chips for generating and characterizing quantum states of light. These quantum states of light will form the backbone of future quantum information devices and networks. With support and training from QTEC, James is starting a company providing the next generation of photonic instrumentation, capable of characterizing and maintaining this emerging quantum based infrastructure.
Dr. Xian Zhang is an innovator and material scientist who completed her Ph.D. at the University of Bristol center for quantum information. She has broad interests in wide bandgap materials for electronics and optics. Her research is focused on fabricating high-performance synthetic diamond for electronics and power devices. Inspired by the business training through the QTEC fellowship, she is currently working towards setting up a diamond fabrication center for electronics and photonics applications which could greatly boost the performance and efficiency of future devices.