Professor Kai Bongs was Director of the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing from 2014-2019 and Principal Investigator from 2019-2022. Professor Bongs helped to drive the translation of gravity sensors and ultra-precise clocks into technology and applications across a diverse number of sectors, including climate, communications, energy, transport and urban development.
Professor Bongs is now Director at the Institute for Quantum Technologies at the German Aerospace Centre.
His work has been disseminated through both invited and peer-reviewed presentations at international conferences and through high-impact publications (125 in total). His work has been cited over 12000 times and has a h-index of 52.
Professor Bongs contributed to the Quantum technologies: Blackett review, a Government report published in 2016, which explored how the UK could benefit from the research, development, and commercialisation of quantum technologies. He has built extensive links with key industry partners, working with over 40 companies in over 30 projects. These industry partners include companies such as Teledyne e2v, Network Rail and BAE Systems.
In 2017, Professor Bongs received the Josiah Mason award for Business Advancement in recognition of his leadership of the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology. In 2018, Professor Bongs was made Editor-in-Chief for the European Physical Journal (Quantum Technologies). He is also a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Professor Bongs was awarded the 2019 Institute of Physics Dennis Gabor Medal and Prize, for his contribution to the development of quantum sensors and translation to industrial applications, as well as the development of the UK Quantum Technology Sensors and Timing.
Professor Kai Bongs discusses the University of Birmingham's research into quantum clocks
Professor Kai Bongs introduces the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology and discusses some of the practical applications of its research