Dr Henry Yang, from UNSW Sydney, has been selected by MIT Technology Review as among the Top 35 Innovators Under 35 in Asia-Pacific.

Since 1999, MIT Technology Review has identified young innovators doing exciting work that could shape their fields for decades. It recognises young scientists who could revolutionize our lifestyles and shape the future of technology and industry.

The list covers five categories of Innovators -Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Visionaries, Humanitarians and Pioneers. These top innovators are selected from a diverse range of technical fields including biotechnology and medicine, computer and electronics hardware, software, internet, artificial intelligence, robotics, telecommunications, nanotechnology and materials, energy, and transportation.

Dr. Henry Yang was recognised as a Pioneer in the MIT Technology Review – an innovator pushing the edge of science, creating new approaches to tackling technology challenges.

Dr. Yang’s research focuses on developing and improving silicon quantum dot-based spin qubits to world-leading performance.

In 2014, he worked on showing that a single qubit could be made from double quantum dots fabricated in silicon, and then after a year, he showed that two of these qubits could be coupled into a two qubit system. He was able to identify what was limiting the lifetimes of the spin states of the electrons in these dots and to carefully develop techniques that allowed these states to live for long times and for these qubits to be controlled with high fidelity (W. Huang, C. H. Yang, et al., Nature 569, 532 (2019)). This is a very important breakthrough as it shows there is no reason why these silicon double dots cannot be scaled up into arrays of hundreds or eventually millions of devices.

The recent research breakthrough that Dr. Yang has achieved in relation to operating a silicon qubit at 1.5 kelvin (-271.65 °C, or 1.5 °C above absolute zero temperature) – delivering ‘hot’ qubits in silicon metal-oxide-semiconductors (MOS) – is a game changer for quantum computing.

These two developments significantly increase the likelihood that in the long run, silicon quantum dots become a dominant technology for building large-scale quantum computers.

Recognition by MIT Technology Review gives young Innovators, like Dr Yang, a platform to present themselves and their achievements to industry leaders, academic experts, and the global public.

Further information about the MIT Technology Review awards and the judging panel are available at: http://tr35.mittrasia.com/