Solomon Freer is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, working experimentally in the field of Quantum Computing. He works under the supervision of Associate Professor Andrea Morello in a group that is globally recognised for its achievements in solid state quantum computing.
Solomon completed an undergraduate degree in Photovoltaic Engineering at UNSW in 2011, completing his undergraduate thesis under the supervision of the world-renowned photovoltaics expert, Professor Martin Green. Passionate about sustainability and renewable energy, Solomon worked under Prof. Green on a project to help create what could become the world’s most efficient solar power plant: with aims to achieve 46% efficiency at the module level, using concentrated solar power and a spectrum-splitting approach.
Earlier in his undergraduate career, Solomon worked on organic solar cells under Professor Ashraf Uddin. Here he worked to optimise the morphology of organic photovoltaic films achieved after annealing. Prior to this, Solomon also worked in a thin-film solar cell laboratory at UNSW where he designed and installed new parts for an e-beam evaporator used to grow thin-film photovoltaic cells.
Solomon is just completing his Ph.D under Prof. Morello at UNSW, where he has worked with single-atom quantum bits in Silicon microchips. He has learnt to fabricate nano-electronic devices capable of detecting single electrons, has controlled and measured the intrinsic magnetic moment of single electrons and nuclei and even used them to help confirm theories on the nature of time and reality.