IQC welcomes Adam Wei Tsen as its newest faculty member

Monday, January 11, 2016

Focused on quantum materials, Tsen looks to integrate low-dimensional materials that exhibit exotic quantum phenomena into novel electronic devices.

Adam Wei TsenHis work in this area at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo will continue from his postdoctoral work at Columbia and Harvard Universities. Working with Abhay Pasupathy and Philip Kim at Columbia, Tsen studied atomically thin quantum materials and incorporated them in nanoscale electronic devices.

His research at IQC will focus on the structural, optical, and electronic properties of these materials while also developing new techniques to characterize them. Because quantum materials exhibit rich quantum mechanical effects on a macroscopic scale, Tsen believes that it may have a profound effect on technology. He hopes to uncover new physics in low-dimensional quantum materials and integrate them in nanoscale electronic devices, which may potentially be used for future applications.

“I came to the Institute for Quantum Computing because it is a world leader in the development of quantum-related technologies,” said Tsen. “The people, resources and infrastructure are all second to none.”

Tsen’s previous research has been published in several high-impact journals, including Science, Nature Physics, and Nature Nanotechnology.

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