François Sfigakis

Research Assistant Professor

François Sfigakis

Francois Sfigakis is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, working in the IQC with Professor Jonathan Baugh. Current projects include developing Si CMOS qubits, topological qubits in two-dimensional electron gases, single photon sources (all-electric, on-demand, and high-rate), and III-V infrared photo-detectors.

Prior to joining the IQC as a Visiting Researcher in 2016, he was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK, where his work on quantum semiconductor systems included dopant-free structures for exploration of non-Abelian states and quantum-dot-based qubits, spin FETs (in collaboration with Toshiba Research Europe), and electron-hole interactions in coupled bilayers.

Research interests

  • Solid state qubits (in semiconductor, topological, and superconductor systems)
  • Strongly correlated systems (including fractional quantum Hall effect, Kondo physics, and Majorana physics)
  • Spintronics (spin FETs and spin-orbit interactions)
  • Dopant-free field-effect devices in interesting material systems for exploration of quantum phenomena
  • 0.7 structure (Kondo-like effects, van Hove singularities, exchange interactions)
  • Quantum metrology (new electrical current standard)
  • Quantum optoelectronics (on-demand single/entangled photons sources)


  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2006
  • M.Sc. Physics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1999
  • B.Sc. Honours Physics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1996

Major Positions

Title Location When
Research Assistant Professor Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo 2018-present
Postdoctoral Fellow Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo 2017-2018
Visiting Researcher Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo 2016-2017
Senior Research Associate University of Cambridge 2013
Research Associate University of Cambridge 2006