Dr John Morton

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Dr John Morton has been a Royal Society University Research Fellow since 2008, and moved from Oxford University to UCL in 2012, where he leads the Quantum Spin Dynamics research group.

John came up to Cambridge Univeristy to read Natural Sciences, and ended up graduating in Electrical and Information Engineering (EIST), receiving his BA/MEng in 2002. He obtained his D.Phil (PhD) in Materials at Oxford University for his thesis, entitled “Electron spins in fullerenes as prospective qubits”. This was awarded the First Prize by the IoP Quantum Electronics and Photonics division in 2006. From 2005 to 2009 he held a Junior Research Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford, and then a Science Research Fellowship there from 2010-2012.

John serves on the editorial board of Scientific Reports, and is Physical Sciences chair in Nature Index. In 2008 he was awarded the Nicholas Kurti European Science prize for research involving low temperatures and high magnetic fields and received the Cavendish Medal for Physics at SET for Britain 2008. In 2011, John received a European Research Council Starter Grant. To date, John has graduated 6 PhD students, and has a current group of five PhD students, plus postdoctoral research fellow support. He has published 61 papers with over 2200 citations and has an h-index of 24. He is the recipient of the 2013 IoP Moseley Medal, awarded to early-career researchers for exceptional work in experimental physics.

John has been active in the public engagement of science, and presented an exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Exhibit 2012 entitled "Quantum of Spin".


John's research involves the coherent control of electron and nuclear spins in solid state materials and devices, with a focus on quantum technologies. Quantum technologies are ones which exploit quantum superposition and entanglement to achieve major advances over current technologies in areas including communication, sensing and information processing.

The systems John studies include donors in silicon (including bulk measurements and transport through nanoscale devices) as well as custom-designed molecules which exhibit particular spin interactions. Specific research interests include: the transfer of quantum information between different degrees of freedom, understanding and mitigating spin decoherence mechanisms, the interaction of nuclear spins with transient electron spins and robust methods for generating spin entanglement.

Research Highlights

A rendition of ‘bound exciton’ quantum state used to prepare and read out the st
A normally fragile quantum state has been shown to survive at room temperature for a world record 39 minutes, overcoming a...
At the clock transition, superpositions in bismuth donors become insensitive (in
A method to dramatically enhance the amount of time a quantum system can remain in two states has been applied in the...
A research team, including members from the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), has created the first working quantum...
A solid immersion lens cut into the surface of a high purity diamond crystal.
Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, researchers from the Netherlands, Oxford and the...

General News

The top 10 breakthroughs in physics in 2013, as judged by Physics World magazine, have been announced. Among them is a recent discovery by a team including LCN's John Morton. The research was into qubits (quantum bits) – a way of encoding information using quantum phenomena. Unlike normal...
Dr John Morton, Reader in Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics at the London Centre for Nanotechnology has today been awarded the 2013 Moseley Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics.