Materials for Quantum Computing: An Interview with Prof. Chris Van de Walle

Who: Chris Van de Walle, UC Santa Barbara
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 11:00am

A Materials Design User Group Meeting webinar

Quantum computing is heralding a paradigm change in information and simulation technology. Perhaps more than ever before, the practical realization of this fascinating opportunity hinges on the control of materials properties at the atomic level. As a leading expert in this field, Prof. Van de Walle will provide answers to key questions concerning the actual status of this technology, the current materials, the obstacles and challenges, and the perspectives for the discovery and optimization of novel materials.

Prof. Van de Walle has been at the forefront of investigating materials issues for quantum information science. He has particularly focused on the role of defects and impurities, both as functional components for single-spin-centers or single-photon emitters, and as sources of decoherence. He is currently a Thrust Leader in the NSF-funded Quantum Foundry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a participant in the DOE-funded Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage (C2QA).

Other internationally renowned speakers at the User Group Meeting include:

  • Georg Kresse (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Professor Michele Parrinello (Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • Professor Sir Richard Catlow FRS (University of College London, England)

Bio: Chris Van de Walle is a Distinguished Professor of Materials and the inaugural recipient of the Herbert Kroemer Endowed Chair in Materials Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining UCSB in 2004, he was a Principal Scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986, and was a postdoc at IBM Yorktown Heights (1986-1988) and a Senior Member of Research Staff at Philips Laboratories in Briarcliff Manor (1988-1991). Professor Van de Walle develops and employs first-principles computational techniques to model the structure and behavior of materials. He performs studies of interfaces, surfaces, defects and impurities, and has worked on wide-band-gap semiconductors, nitrides, oxides, hydrogen interactions with materials, and materials for quantum information science. He has published over 400 research papers and holds 24 patents. Van de Walle is a Member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the APS, AVS, AAAS, MRS, and IEEE, as well as the recipient of a Humboldt Award for Senior US Scientist, the David Adler Award from the APS, the Medard W. Welch Award from the AVS, and the TMS John Bardeen Award.