Professor Morello received a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 1998, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) in 2004. Since 2006 he has worked at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He was the first in the world to demonstrate the readout of a single electron spin in a silicon nanoelectronic device. His research group also built the first electron and nuclear spin quantum bits based on a single phosphorus atom. These breakthroughs have paved the way to the construction of scalable spin-based quantum computers in silicon.
For these achievements, Professor Morello was awarded the Eureka Prize (2011), the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year (2013), the NSW Science and Engineering Award (2014) and the Landauer & Bennett Award for Quantum Computing (2016).