Welcome to the Center for Quantum Technology

The Centre for Quantum Technology is a Research Group headed by Prof. Francesco Petruccione and is hosted within the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It is located on the third floor of H-block on the Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa.

Prof. Tulio de Oliveira is the director of KRISP at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, South Africa. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Global Health, University of Washington and a senior research fellow at CAPRISA. He is a trained bioinformatician and has published over 150 manuscripts, including a recent bioinformatics tool for genomics analysis of coronavirus genomes.

Below is the data@breakfast talk titled: COVID-19 Genomics and Epidemiology” that was given by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira on the 3rd of April 2020 via the Zoom platform.

Dr Richard Lessells is an Infectious Diseases Specialist at KRISP, UKZN. He trained as an infectious diseases and internal medicine physician in the UK and has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has been conducting clinical and population-based research in HIV & TB in KwaZulu-Natal since 2007. He is currently deployed to the UKZN COVID-19 war room and is supporting the local response to the epidemic.


Below is the data@breakfast talk titled: “Responding to the COVID-19 epidemic: local and global perspective” that was given by Dr R Lessels on the 27th of March 2020 via the Zoom platform.


Our theoretical research focuses on a broad spectrum of topics surrounding Open Quantum Systems. We research Open Quantum Walks, Quantum Optics, Quantum Thermodynamics and Markovian/Non-Markovian Systems.


Our experimental group is flourishing in the fields of Quantum Optics, Quantum Key Distribution, Ion Trapping, Quantum Nanophotonic Systems, Quantum Metamaterials/Plasmonics and the latest Africhino.


The world of technology and Artificial Intelligence is expanding rapidly, and so is our research in Machine Learning. We also perform research on Quantum Computing, and Quantum Machine Learning.