Happy graduation day to eight CQT PhD students

Our graduates officially received their doctoral degrees at the National University of Singapore’s 2022 commencement ceremony
13 July 2022

CQT graduates Ignatius William Primaatmaja (left) and Adrian Nugraha Utama (right) arrived at the ceremony held at the NUS University Cultural Centre to collect their degrees.


This year, CQT celebrates eight PhD students completing the centre’s graduate programme. They were officially awarded their doctoral degrees at the National University of Singapore’s commencement ceremony on 13 July.

During their time at CQT, the students contributed to projects across research areas including quantum communications, quantum computation and quantum simulation. For example, Shi Yicheng was part of a CQT team that performed the first demonstration of entanglement-based quantum key distribution (QKD) over 10km of commercial fibre in Singapore.

Our graduates now move into new roles, and some of them will continue in research in CQT. Adrian Nugraha Utama is staying on as a Research Fellow in the group of Christian Kurtsiefer to work through new ideas and plans he thought of while working on his thesis on atom-photon interactions. Ignatius William Primaatmaja and Yang Anbang have also accepted postdoctoral positions at CQT.

Meanwhile, other graduates have ventured overseas. Kishor Bharti has moved to the United States to become a postdoctoral scholar at the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science, a partnership between the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Srijita Kundu has moved to the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada, as a postdoctoral fellow.

We congratulate all our graduates and wish them every success.

Prospective students interested in pursuing a PhD at CQT can find more information on our website.

Find a full list of this year's graduates and their thesis titles below. To read the theses, go here.

PhD Graduates 2022

Adrian Nugraha Utama
Near-Concentric Optical Resonator for Coherent Atom-Photon Interaction
Supervised by Christian Kurtsiefer
CQT PhD Programme

Ignatius William Primaatmaja
Security of quantum cryptography via semidefinite programming
Supervised by Charles Lim
CQT PhD Programme

Kishor Bharti
Towards Quantum Advantage and Certification with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Devices
Supervised by Kwek Leong Chuan
CQT PhD Programme

Noah van Horne
Thermodynamics of quanta in a single trapped ion and exchanging motional quanta between ions in separate traps via a nearby conducting wire
Supervised by Manas Mukherjee
CQT PhD Programme

Shi Yicheng
Polarization-Entangled Quantum Key Distribution over Telecommunication Fibres
Supervised by Christian Kurtsiefer
CQT PhD Programme

Srijita Kundu
Direct product, function composition and device-independent cryptography
Supervised by Rahul Jain
CQT PhD Programme

Yang Anbang
Singlet Pathway to the Dipolar Ground State of Ultracold 6Li40K Molecules
Supervised by Kai Dieckmann
CQT PhD Programme

Yang Siyi
Quantum algorithms for provable machine learning
Supervised by Miklos Santha
CQT PhD Programme