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Yoichi Ando has been awar­ded with the ERC Advanced Grant of the Eu­ropean Re­se­arch Coun­cil for his pro­ject "Majorana Fermions in Topological Insulator Platforms". The ERC Advanced Grant is the most prestigious and competitive grant in Europe.

With the grant Prof. Ando aims to realize and explore exotic particles, Majorana Fermions, using the peculiar properties of topological insulators. Through the coupling of conducting surface states in these materials  to superconductors, Yoichi Ando plans to engineer Majorana quantum states which allows for new ways to encode quantum information and perform computations in future quantum computers.