Robert Young

Professor Robert Young (group leader). Rob is an experimental physicist with a passion for developing practical applications of quantum technologies. The last decade saw the beginning of another new generation of technology, one that is underpinned by the quantum nature of the devices. This technology will have a huge impact on our lives in many ways; the first being to enable truly secure communications. Rob’s contribution in this exciting new field was seeded by a Master’s degree in physics from Oxford University (2002), before moving to Cambridge to complete a PhD in experimental quantum information processing. Here he was part of the world-leading Semiconductor Physics Group, led by Prof. Sir Michael Pepper. For his PhD he won two awards, from the Institute of Physics and an EU network. He holds a Chair in Quantum Information at Lancaster University, a Royal Society Research Fellow, an Adjunct Professor at IFFS (Chengdu), is the secretary of the Institute of Physics' Semiconductor Group, a committee member for the Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group, a founding member of Lancaster University's Quantum Technology Centre, and a management board member of doctoral training centre Graphene-Nownano.

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Post-doctoral researchers and Impact fellows

Dr Yameng Cao

Dr Yameng Cao. Yameng is a recently-appointed postdoc, involved in the research and development of nascent quantum technologies, by taking advantage of two-dimensional materials. These include graphene, and other graphene-like monolayer materials, such as transition-metal dichalcogenides. My interest in the two-dimensional materials stems from the prospect of building a noise-free environment to house electron spin qubits. Currently he is looking at photonic devices to enhance the optoelectronic capabilities of these atomically thin materials.

Ramón Bernardo Gavito

Dr Ramón Bernardo Gavito. Ramón completed his PhD at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid studying different ways to tailor the electronic properties of epitaxial graphene, such as intercalation and periodic covalent functionalisation, by means of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. He has also worked at IMDEA Nanoscience (Madrid) in the fabrication and optical characterisation of molybdenum disulfide and noble metal plasmonic nanostructures.


Jonathan (Jonny) Roberts

Jonathan Roberts. Jonathan completed his PhD in 2016, though the EPSRC NOWNANO doctoral training centre, a multidisciplinary collaboration between Lancaster University and The University of Manchester, after achieving first class honours in a Masters in Physics from the University of Sheffield. His research interests include nanotechnology, optoelectronics and semiconductor devices with a speciality in their applications to security. In 2015, he was the overall winner of the EPSRC UK ICT Pioneers award, a prestigious competition held for ICT-related disciplines with judges from Samsung, Facebook, EPSRC, HP, BT and dstl. He also won the IOP research communication award at the UK semiconductors conference in this year as well as publishing a first-author paper into the journal Scientific Reports which was subsequently highlighted on the BBC.

Dr Peter Tovee

Dr Peter Tovee. Peter obtained a PhD from Lancaster University in 2013 for work on a new highly sensitive, high resolution scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) probe with a carbon nanotube tip and its uses in material characterisation including 2D materials. He also pioneered immersed SThM. Since then he has moved onto a postdoc focusing on an IR spectroscopic technique that uses an atomic force microscope (AFM) to measure IR induced opto-thermal vibrations in biological samples and its applications for studying cancer cells and Alzheimer’s disease amyloid fibres.

Research students

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Ben Astbury. Ben joined the group to study of a masters degree after completing a successful bachelors at Lancaster University. He is investigating quantum random number generators.

John Campbell

John Campbell. Joined the group in 2015 as part of the EPSRC NOWNano doctoral training centre. His primary supervisor is Dr Max Migliorato at Manchester University.


James Howarth

James Howarth. Joined the group in 2016 as part of the EPSRC NOWNano doctoral training centre to develop quantum light sources with two-dimensional materials. He is jointly supervised by Professor Kostya Novoselov FRS and Dr Young.


Yasir J Noori

Yasir Noori. Yasir joined the group as a PhD student in 2013, after winning a Faculty of Science and Technology scholarship at Lancaster University. During his work in the Y-Q group, Yasir has become an expert in electron beam lithography, reactive ion etching and scanning electron microscopy. He also gained a great amount of experience in finite difference time domain modelling using high-end supercomputers with many different packages. Yasir graduated from Dundee University in 2013 with a first class degree with Honours in Electronic Engineering and Physics.

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Hamzah Shokeir. Hamzah completed his bachelors at Queen Mary University of London. He is studying quantum effects from atomic disorder in semiconductor nanostructures for a masters by research degree.

Chris Woodhead

Chris Woodhead. Chris joined the group as a PhD student in October 2013 after completing his undergraduate degree within the Physics department at Lancaster.

Visiting researchers

Substitute for Tom

Tom McGrath. Tom is research intern working in the group. He is funded by the EPSRC.

Previous members of the group

Sam Moorby (research student)

Joseph Welford (research student)

Andrew Bussey (research student)

Bonnie Tsim (research student)

Lucas Mogg (research student)

Andrés Black (visiting researcher)

Grace Beaney Colverd

Theo Noble (research student)

Nicholas Hulbert (research student)

Hazel Gardner (research student)

Veronica Letka (research student)

Matt Young (research student)

Josh Rose (research student)