Kieran Spruce

University College London


Research Project: Quantum properties of engineered atomic-scale structures in silicon for future device applications
Neil Curson (UCL), Gabriel Aeppli (PSI)

Kieran graduated with a degree in MSci Chemical Physics from the University of Bristol. His master’s project focussed on the discovery of crystal systems using substituted chalcones. During the project he also characterised the systems to understand the effect of substitution on charge transfer using techniques such as SCXRD, FTIR, DSC and SEM. Kieran’s PhD project involves using scanning tunneling microscopy, and hydrogen lithography, to dope silicon with atomic precision. The quantum properties of these devices will then be investigated through a collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute in Zurich. These nanoscale devices have applications in electronics and even show potential for quantum computing.