Prof Cristian Bonato

Professor at Heriot-Watt University

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2D Materials. Semiconductors and Photonics. Solid State Defects. Spin and Topology. Superconductors. Industry and Knowledge Transfer. International Engagement. Training and Skills Base.


Quantum magnetometry facility

Scientific focus and expertise:

Our research focuses on harnessing individual spins in semiconducting materials to develop quantum technologies for secure communication and nanoscale sensing. Our goal is to enhance the capabilities of quantum spintronic devices by integrating spins with different functionalities (micro-electronics, integrated photonics, advanced signal processing and artificial intelligence). We expect our devices to find applications in high-resolution nanoscale magnetic sensing, pushing magnetic resonance detection down to the level of individual nuclear spins, and in extending the range of secure quantum communication networks through the development of quantum repeaters.


SiC, diamond, 2D materials

Quantum technologies:

Quantum sensing, Nanoscale magnetic resonance, quantum networking