Renowned quantum scientist returns to Cork

Renowned quantum scientist returns to Cork
Professor Séamus Davis is to spearhead a pioneering research programme to study Quantum Materials. Pic: Clare Keogh.

A world-renowned quantum scientist is returning to Cork to carry out cutting-edge research at the Tyndall Institute.

UCC has appointed Professor Séamus Davis to spearhead a pioneering research programme to study Quantum Materials for Quantum Technology, in a joint appointment with the University of Oxford.

“The rapidly accelerating Second Quantum Revolution promises truly transformative advances in science, industry, economy and society," Prof Davis said.

"In Ireland, a spectacularly sophisticated research ecosystem has been nurtured and has rapidly grown, and I am very much looking forward to returning home to Cork and to working with my colleagues in University College Cork.”

The appointment is supported in Ireland through a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Professorship and an SFI Infrastructure Award, and in the UK via a European Research Council Advanced Grant Award.

The Davis-led research programme focuses on direct, atomic-scale visualization of electronic states in quantum materials, and requires a highly specialized ultra-low-vibration (ULV) laboratory environment. 

Obtaining a BSc in Physics at UCC in 1983, Séamus Davis would go on to become a global leader in the field of Quantum Matter. 

For the past 10 years, he was the James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell University and Senior Physicist at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. 

In 2005 he was awarded the Fritz London Memorial Prize, the greatest honour in low-temperature physics, and in 2009 he was awarded the Kamerlingh Onnes Prize, named for the Nobel Laureate who discovered superconductivity.

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