Liang Jiang named finalist for 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Liang Jiang, professor of molecular engineering at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME), has been named a finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists is the largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists and honors outstanding research faculty under 42.

Established in 2007 by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and independently administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, the awards focus on three scientific disciplinary categories: life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences and engineering. To date, the awards have provided a total of $13.6 million in funding to early-career scientists.

“It is a great honor and encouragement to be selected as a Blavatnik award finalist,” Jiang said. “I will continue investigating robust quantum control and error correction protocols so that we can overcome various noises and imperfections and harness the full power from the quantum world.”

Jiang is one of 31 finalists chosen from 309 nominees representing by 150 leading universities and scientific institutions. Of those finalists, three winners will be named on June 29 as Blavatnik National Awards Laureates, receiving $250,000 in unrestricted funding.

Jiang investigates quantum control and quantum error correction to protect quantum information from decoherence. Potential applications for his work include quantum sensing, quantum transduction, quantum communication, and quantum computation. Jiang has also investigated quantum information processing with superconducting circuits and quantum transduction with hybrid quantum devices.