Press release, 1 February 2008
Professors Neal Skipper and Franco Cacialli, of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) and the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University College London (UCL), have been awarded a £200,000 laboratory refurbishment grant to help them develop alternative fuel supplies for transport and electricity generation. The Royal Society awarded the grant, with funding from the Wolfson Foundation under a scheme aiming to improve the UK’s research infrastructure.
Electronic structure methods can be used to model the dynamics of two-qubit gates for quantum computing. The Journal of Physics Condensed matter has selected an article by LCN and UCL researchers as one of the 2007 papers based on referees recommendation, reader downloads and board member selection. "Just as classical computers use networks of standard gates to manipulate bits, quantum computers use networks of quantum gates to manipulate qubits. But quantum computing uses entanglement as a resource, the special quantum dance that correlates the behaviours of these qubits.
Professor Quentin PankhurstEndomagnetics Inc., the LCN/UCL and University of Houston spinout has won the 2007 Innova Award for Best Technology. The Innova Awards are managed by Magnetics Magazine and the Best Technology prizes is given to the technology that has the most promise of impacting/improving the magnetics industry.
Professor George Christou of University of Florida has been appointed as an Honorary Professor at the London Centre for Nanotechnology. The appointment of Professor Christou follows his growing association with LCN in recent years, particularly in the study of magnetic nanomaterials. His research involves the synthesis and characterisation of molecules capable of functioning as molecular nanomagnets, and detailed study of their classical and quantum magnetism properties.
The appointment began effectively in October 2007, and is for an indefinite period.