Ferdinand Kuemmeth

Ferdinand Kuemmeth


Ferdinand Kuemmeth is Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI). Pioneering spin-orbit coupling in nanostructures, he obtained his PhD at Cornell University under guidance of Prof. Daniel C. Ralph in 2007. After his postdoc with Prof. Charles Marcus in Boston he served as Research Associate at Harvard University before he moved to University of Copenhagen to help build the Center for Quantum Devices, an excellence center established 2012-2023 by the National Danish Research Foundation. 

In 2016 Kuemmeth founded QDevil, a quantum electronics hardware company located in Copenhagen. As CTO, Kuemmeth leveraged support through the European Innovation Council (EiC) and the Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD) to mature the quickly growing company into an internationally trusted partner of quantum technology research labs around the world, both academic and industrial. His innovative approach to research and education at the intersection of fundamental condensed matter physics and applied quantum technologies was recognized in 2019 by the university’s SCIENCE business award. Kuemmeth also serves as Principal Scientist at Quantum Machines, which QDevil joined in 2022, becoming one of the largest high-tech companies that are entirely focused on quantum control. 

At the Niels Bohr Institute, Kuemmeth leads a research group on semiconducting and superconducting quantum devices, including quantum dots, spin qubits, superconducting resonators and encoded qubits. Since the foundation of the Center for Quantum Devices in 2012, Kuemmeth has steadily advanced the cutting edge of NBI’s research and educational capabilities, specifically in the areas of condensed matter quantum transport measurements and the development of solid-state qubits. His innovative low-temperature techniques have advanced quantum science around the world, recognized by the 2024 Technology Transfer Prize of the German Physical Society. Prof. Kuemmeth’s overarching goal is to understand and proliferate the interplay of semiconductors and superconductivity in low-dimensional systems, and harness the resulting spin-electronic properties for quantum information applications.

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