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ERC advanced grant for Yoichi Ando

Yoichi Ando has been awar­ded with the ERC Advanced Grant of the Eu­ropean Re­se­arch Coun­cil for his pro­ject "Majorana Fermions in Topological Insulator Platforms". The ERC Advanced Grant is the most prestigious and competitive grant in Europe.

With the grant Prof. Ando aims to realize and explore exotic particles, known as Majorana Fermion, using the peculiar properties of topological insulators. In these materials the structure of the quantum-mechanical wave function enforces the presence of conducting surface states. Using the coupling of these surface states to superconductors, Yoichi Ando plans to engineer Majorana quantum states which allows for new ways to encode quantum information and perform computations in future quantum computers.

Yoichi Ando joined the University of Cologne as a professor in 2015. The ERC Advanced Grant will provide funding from 2017 to 2022.

Our con­gra­tu­la­ti­ons to Yoichi Ando for this im­portant prize!