Val Zwiller receives Göran Gustafsson prize for physics 2017 (Communication TU Delft)


(by: Communication TU Delft) Professor Val Zwiller of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS) was awarded the Göran Gustafsson prize for physics 2017. The Göran Gustafsson Prize is a national Swedish prize for outstanding scientific achievement awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Professor Zwiller received the prize for "his innovative research in quantum optics and nano physics that has led to a deeper understanding of fundamental quantum physics and at the same time enables future applications in quantum communication." Zwiller’s research focusses on nanostructures at the single photon level with the aim of developing new tools for quantum information processing.


24 million
The Göran Gustafsson Prize is a prestigious award for younger researchers and is given out annually by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences within several subject areas. Nominations can come from Swedish universities and colleges. Zwiller was eligible because he is connected to the Royal Technical University (KTH) in Stockholm, and only spends part of his time in Delft.

This year’s five winners share almost 24 million Swedish kronor (approx. 2.5 million euro) as a reward for their eminent research in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, molecular biology and medicine. Each prize winner is awarded a personal reward of SEK 250,000 and SEK 4.5 million as a three-year research grant. The prizes have been funded annually since 1991by the Göran Gustafsson Foundation, which was  created by means of a donation from Swedish businessman Göran Gustafsson.