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Carmen Palacios-Berraquero

Carmen Palacios Berraquero, CEO, Nu Quantum

Carmen Palacios Berraquero, CEO, Nu Quantum

As well as running Nu Quantum, founded in 2018 to commercialise research generated over the last decade at Cambridge’s renowned Cavendish Laboratory, Carmen Palacios-Berraquero in October co-founded UK Quantum, a new umbrella organisation representing the interests of UK quantum players.

‘The UK’s quantum industry is thriving across all application areas from computing, to communication and sensing. It is the right time for the industry to unite under one voice and push forward those topics which are key to our success – with a priority on UK Government quantum strategy and international relationships,’ she said.

In 2018, Palacios-Berraquero was awarded the Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics for her work on 2D materials and quantum optics. Her group has developed a method of deterministically creating single-photon emitting sites in large scale arrays of transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs). These are referred to as quantum dots (QDs), quantum confinement potentials which can trap single-excitons. The excitons recombine radiatively to emit single photons, a requirement for many quantum information technology applications.

Organisation: Nu Quantum

Role: CEO

Based in: Cambridge, UK

Education: PhD, University of Cambridge

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