Leo Kouwenhoven

Delft University of Technology

Leo Kouwenhoven (1963) is a professor in Applied Physics specialized in the field of Quantum NanoScience. Kouwenhoven got his PhD in Mesoscopic Physics from TUDelft (1992). He was a postdoc researcher at the University of California at Berkeley (1993 and 1994) and a visiting professor at Harvard (2000/2001).

Highlights in Kouwenhoven’s career include the discovery of conductance quantization in quantum point contacts (1988), Coulomb blockade in quantum dots (1991), artificial atoms (1996), the Kondo effect in quantum dots (1998), Spin qubits (2005), induced superconductivity in nanowires and nanotubes (2005,2006), spin-orbit qubits in nanowires and nanotubes (2010, 2013) and Majoranas in nanowires (2012). The current focus is on topological effects in solid state devices such as the emergence of Majoranas and topological  qubits.