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PhD Candidate

Kian van der Enden


Room F004
Hanson Lab

Kian obtained his Master's degree in Applied Physics at the TU Delft. During his studies he co-founded the Delft Hyperloop team where he designed and built its signature magnetic levitation system, leading it to a championship victory in Elon Musk's ‘SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition‘ in 2017. Following this, he worked at Microsoft's Quantum Architecture department as Research Intern in 2018 after graduating at QuTech on the development of a magnetic field insensitive superconducting qubit.

Now, Kian is building the world's first metropolitan scale Quantum Internet in the Hanson lab, extending the success of the nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond as quantum network nodes with quantum frequency conversion to use readily available deployed fiber for communication. He aims to demonstrate a scalable and reliable hardware platform as the start of a future European Quantum Internet.

Kian is also one of the QuTech Speakers. He gives talks to various audiences of all backgrounds and is often requested to appear on podcasts and TV shows. Next to this, he is one of the Faces of Science appointed by the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). In this role he explains through blog posts and public appearances what it is like to be a scientist.