Peter Jacobse, PhD candidate at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials, has been awarded a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). With this grant, Jacobse will be able to do research for two years at the University of California, Berkeley (USA). The Rubicon programme is intended to give young, promising scientists the opportunity to gain international research experience.
Jacobse conducts research on graphene nanowires, small strips of carbon in which electrons can be properly controlled. Specific wires can be produced to hold electrons at certain locations so that their interaction becomes magnetic in nature. This opens up the way to memory cells and qubits for quantum computing.