Scientia Professor, UNSW

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 three seminal experimental papers in Nature demonstrating the readout and control of single atom spin qubits in silicon, together with reviews on spin-based qubits in both Nature and Science. In total he has published over 100 scientific papers and is a co-inventor on 9 patents. 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.

Experience

  • 2011–present
    Scientia Professor, UNSW Australia
  • 2006–2010
    Professor, UNSW Australia

Education

  • 1993 
    University of Cambridge, PhD
  • 1988 
    University of Sydney, BSc (Hons & Medal)