The John A. Maclean Sr. Professor for Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise
Institute for Molecular Engineering
Andrew Cleland’s research focus is on the application of superconducting circuits to quantum computation and quantum measurement; the development of nanoscale devices integrating electronic, mechanical, and optical fields, with a goal for operation at the quantum limit; and the development of microfluidic technology for practical applications, with a focus on high-throughput nanoparticle analysis. To date, his accomplishments have included the first demonstration of a mechanical system cooled to its quantum ground state and then manipulated with single energy quanta; the demonstration of a high fidelity, scalable superconducting quantum bit design that should allow construction of a simple, error-correcting quantum circuit; and the first electro- optomechanical system operating in the microwave and optical frequency domains.
Cleland is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. His work was recognized as the Science “Breakthrough of the Year” for 2010 and selected as one of the “Top Ten Discoveries in Physics” by the Institute of Physics (United Kingdom) in 2010 and 2011.
He earned a BS in engineering physics and a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Cleland was a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and served as the associate director of its California Nanosystems Institute.
Cleland joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.