Australian physicist, Professor Michelle Simmons has won a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for her pioneering research in quantum physics.
Professor Simmons is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) at the University of NSW.
Her team is the only one in the world that can make atomically precise devices in silicon. They have produced the world’s first single-atom transistor as well as the narrowest conducting wires ever made in silicon, just four atoms of phosphorus wide and one atom high.
Representing the Asia-Pacific region, she is one of five eminent female researchers from around the world named as 2017 L’Oreal UNESCO laureates in the Physical Sciences. They will receive their awards and prize-money (€100,000) at a ceremony in Paris in March 2017.
Professor Simmons is a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering.
View the UNSW media release.