Category: Spotlight

Interview: Adrien Andoche and Vincent Hardel

Adrien Andoche and Vincent Hardel are QMat master students who profited from support from QMat to participate with other students in the French Physicist Tournament 2020 in Paris.

“We, Adrien ANDOCHE and HARDEL Vincent, are QMat M1 students at Strasbourg University.

We have participated to the French Physicist Tournament (FPT), the 7th and 8th of February 2020. The goal was to look at several everyday life physical phenomena during all the first semester, and a part of the second one.

We built all the experimental setup, thanks to QMat funding. There were eleven different topics starting from the understanding of a whirlpool in bottles to electrical and optical properties of pickles, when they are submitted to a high voltage.

The tournament took place at Jussieu University, in Paris. We shared our results with 12 other universities, and researchers for two days. It has been an opportunity to exchange with other groups as scientists and to have another view of the subjects that we have treated.

Finally, we highly encourage those who have the opportunity to participate in FPT, even if it needs strong investment.”


Interview: David Wellnitz

David Wellnitz is a QMat PhD student who profited from support from QMat to participate in an international conference in Chile.

“I am David Wellnitz and I am a PhD student in the quantum matter theory group of Prof. Pupillo, where I investigate how quantum optics can be connected to molecular systems. This winter — thanks to the support of QMat — I was able to present the results of my first year on an international conference in Chile from the 17th to the 20th of December. This conference was aimed at connecting researchers from different fields summarized as molecular quantum technologies, and offer them a platform to exchange idea and plan new projects.
Presenting my project in a talk on that conference not only gave me valuable feedback on the project, but also allowed me to discuss with experimentalists who are interested in applying my theory to their experiment. Furthermore, exchanging ideas with scientists from other fields than my own helped me to gain a broader background knowledge
and better understanding of related topics. This also gave me some ideas for future research projects and how I can connect my own work to other fields. All in all, this conference was very useful for me on the scientific level and I am grateful that QMat provided me with the opportunity to participate and present my work.”

Interview: Suvidyakumar Homkar

Suvidyakumar Homkar is a QMat PhD student who profited from support from QMat to participate in the “Quantum Industry Day” in Technoparkstrasse.


“A year long research stint during my Master’s degree in India had inspired and motivated me to further explore the option of PhD degree, which eventually led me to join IPCMS, Strasbourg as a Doctoral researcher in the fall season of 2017. The thing which impressed me the most in the institute was the highly inter-disciplinary nature of the research conducted in various groups, which had unequivocal impact on extending the plethora of functionalities compared to those available traditionally. In-spite of such strong research output, I found that solid efforts would be required for converting this academic excellence into industry size scalable day-to-day life products, which is highly complicated and non-trivial task. An essential first step is to establish strong collaborations with Industry partners and develop sophisticated R & D projects pertaining to the needs of industry.

In regard to extend the efforts, I joined QMAT with the primary goal of identifying potential industry partners and establish industry contacts. In order to establish these contacts the best way is to attend networking events which invite both industry and academic partners. I attended such a networking event recently on behalf of QMAT entitled “Quantum Industry Day” in Technoparkstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland on 4th October 2019. The main aim of this event was to gather academic and industrial R&D partners to foster exchange and accelerate the development of new quantum products. The programme covered the areas of quantum computing, quantum sensing, quantum instrumentation and quantum communication, each of these having independent plenary sessions. The unique aspect of such events are the face-to-face meetings where you can host and book meetings with CEO’s, CTO’s, Professor’s associated with established and/or start up quantum companies, and discuss a possible collaboration/ product idea. Owing to this, it was possible to establish first contact on behalf of QMAT with certain companies of interest and the possibility of long term partnerships are currently being explored. The next installation of this networking event will be held on 2nd October 2020, I strongly encourage students and my fellow colleagues to attend this event which can help you grow your personal network and build valuable connections.”