New Faculty 2020


Peter Maurer

Assistant Professor
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and the College

Peter Maurer explores quantum metrological concepts aimed at developing novel nanoscale sensing techniques with unprecedented accuracy. His lab is implementing quantum sensing modalities into new biosensing devices for probing biological systems that are not accessible by conventional techniques. In doing so, he is pushing the limits of quantum engineering and extending quantum sensing into modern biophysics. The technology he is developing has the potential to provide powerful tools to investigate fundamental biological questions and form the basis for a new generation of diagnostic devices.

He is the recipient of a Fulbright Science and Technology Award, a Harvard University Merit Fellowship, and an Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Scholar Award from Stanford University. His findings have been published in Nature, Science, Nature Physics, and Nature Nanotechnology.

Maurer received his PhD in physics from Harvard University, where he used quantum optics tools to coherently control individual spins in diamond for applications in quantum information science and biosensing. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University, where he focused on the development of novel nanoscale imaging technologies.

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