Adrian Lupascu

Faculty, Associate Professor
Adrian Lupascu

Lupascu received his BSc from the University of Bucharest, Romania, in 2000. His undergraduate thesis focused on scanning probe microscopy studies of thin polymer layers deposited on metallic surfaces.

He then moved to the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, where he obtained his PhD title in 2005, under the supervision of Professor J. E. Mooij. His PhD work involved the development of quantum measurements for superconducting qubits. He continued his research on quantum measurement and decoherence during a one year postdoctoral position in Delft.

In 2006, Lupascu became a Postdoctoral Fellow at Ecole Normale Superieure Paris, in the group led by Professor S. Haroche and Professor J. M. Raimond, supported by a Marie Curie fellowship. During this time, he did research on cold atoms and superconducting detectors.

Lupascu joined IQC and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo in March 2009 as an Assistant Professor. In 2011 he received a cross-appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Lupascu became an Associate Professor in 2014.

Lupascu investigates the physics of superconducting devices. Current research topics include quantum annealing, quantum control, and strong light-matter interactions.

In 2011, Lupascu was the recipient of both the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship award and Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher award.

Current projects and research expertise

  • Superconducting flux qubits for quantum information
  • Quantum sensing with superconducting devices
  • Quantum annealing
  • Strong light matter interaction in superconducting circuits
  • Relativistic quantum information with superconducting circuits


  • QIC 750 – Implementation of quantum information processing (Winter 2018; superconducting qubit module)
  • PHYS 461 – Nanophysics (2010 – present)
  • QIC 880/PHYS 768/ECE 770 - Nanoelectronics for Quantum Computing (2011 – present)
  • QIC 895 - Theory of quantum optics (Spring 2015; superconducting qubit module)
  • NANO 701G/PHYS 461 - Physical Foundations of Nanodevices (Fall 2012)
  • PHYS 731 - Solid State Physics (Winter 2011)
  • PHYS 773 - Nanoelectronics for Quantum Computing (reading course) (Fall 2009)

Awards & honours

  • Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology Research Leader Award (2018, 2022)
  • Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) Early Researcher Award, 2011
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 2011
  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery grant: Scalable quantum computing with superconducting circuits, 2009-2014
  • Marie Curie Intra-European fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Socrates-Erasmus fellowship, September 1999- May 2000

Major positions

Title Location When
Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo 2021-present
Associate Professor Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo 2014-present
Adjunct Professor Cross-appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo 2011-present
Assistant Professor Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo 2009-2014
Postdoctoral Fellow Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics Group of the Laboratory Kastler Brossel at École Normale Supérieure Paris 2006-2009
Postdoctoral Researcher Quantum Transport Group of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology 2005-2006
Undergraduate Research Internship  Electronic Structure/Surface Science Group in the Department of Solid State Physics at University of Groningen 1999-2000