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Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme


  Xander Peetroons


  Physical Science: Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

  PhD thesis: TBC



Research interests:

  1. Memory devices for neuromorphic computing
  2. Nanodevices for quantum computing
  3. Photonic technologies
  4. Nanomaterials for photovoltaic applications

The focus of my PhD project will be finalised at the end of the first year. A study in nanotechnology allows me to explore my wide-ranging interests in different sciences because of the interdisciplinary nature of nanoscience. During my MRes year I will work within multiple research groups in different scientific fields. As PhD project, I am interested in the work on alternative ways of computing, like neuromorphic computing or quantum computing, to better accommodate the rapid development of artificial intelligence. These alternative techniques for computing are better suited to solve large data problems than classical computers.

Who or what inspired you to pursue your research interests?

To date, my experience with scientific research has been extremely thrilling in the labs of the KU Leuven, University College London, and the University of Barcelona. Although the methods and routines of the labs I joined during my Undergraduate were very different, they have each passed on the joy of research and solving intricate puzzles to me. To work on a topic that is completely unknown, such as alternative ways of computing, is what inspires me to pursue a PhD.