European Research Council funds top researcher in Cologne

The Cologne-based physicist Professor Yoichi Ando is being honored with the highest distinction the European Research Council (ERC) awards. His research work will be funded with a grant of up to 2.4 million euros.
Yoichi Ando is a professor of experimental physics at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on topological materials, which present unusual physical properties that are best characterized by adopting concepts from the mathematical discipline of topology.
In his ERC project, Ando will explore exotic “quasi”-particles – so-called Majorana fermions – which appear in topological superconductors in a uniquely protected way. Ando aims to find out how these Majorana fermions can contribute to the development of a fault-tolerant quantum computer. In contrast to digital computers, these computers would function not according to the laws of traditional physics, but rather according to the laws of quantum mechanics.

Ando received his training as a physicist at the University of Tokyo. He has postdoc experience at Bell Laboratories in the United States. In 2007, he became a professor at the University of Osaka, and in 2015 he was appointed to a professorship in experimental physics at the University of Cologne.