Waterloo Physicist receives funding for state-of-art quantum materials research

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dr. Jan KyciaJan Kycia is one of nineteen researchers from the University of Waterloo awarded funding through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), announced today by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

The JELF program provides researchers with the foundational research infrastructure necessary to lead in their field. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the funding announcement in Fredericton last week.

CFI has been supporting research at Waterloo for many years. We are appreciative and value CFI’s long-term support, as well as today’s announcement of funding for infrastructure that will support researchers across all of our Faculties,” said D. George Dixon, vice-president, university research at Waterloo.

Professor Kycia, in collaboration with Professor Robert Hill, will receive more than $171,000 to build a state-of-the-art helium liquefying plant to provide cost-effective liquid helium needed for studying novel quantum materials at ultra-low temperatures below −269 °C.

These materials, including chiral superconductors, topological insulators, and frustrated magnetic materials, exhibit unique properties that could one day lead to the development of quantum computing memory and new classes of magnetic and superconducting materials for improved energy efficiency, among other applications.

Professor Hill is also Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Science.

Professor Kycia is also a member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and an associate of the Institute for Quantum Computing.

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