Research Associate

Peyton ShiYinqiu (Peyton) Shi now works as a research associate in the QNC-MBE Lab after graduating with a PhD degree in Physics (Nanotechnology) under Prof. Wasilewski’s supervision in 2021. She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Physics at the University of Toronto in 2014. Peyton has been focusing on the epitaxial growth of InSb quantum well (QW) heterostructures for the experimental realization of Majorana bound states (MBS). It is a collaborative project with the Coherent Spintronics Group of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), partly supported by the Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) program.

Peyton’s research interests include molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth of the Sb-based materials especially InSb QW systems, fundamentals of crystal growth including the formation of crystalline defects and surface morphology, optimization of MBE-grown metamorphic buffers, nanomaterial characterization using atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), quantum transport properties of two-dimensional electron gases (2DEG) and semiconductor/superconductor junctions, as well as topological quantum information processing and etc.

Peyton was born and raised in Nanjing, a beautiful historical city in China. When not doing science, she enjoys artistic creations including painting, candle making and making plaster crafts. She also likes jogging, dancing, skiing, taking care of her plants, and is a huge fan of travelling and adventures.

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University of Waterloo
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