Professor Nichol received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 2006 and a Ph.D. in physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. After working as a postdoctoral associate at Harvard University, he joined the University of Rochester in 2016 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Google Research Scholar Award, and the Leonard Mandel Faculty Fellow Award.
Professor Nichol’s research interests are in experimental quantum information processing and condensed matter physics. Nichol investigates the quantum mechanics of nanoscale objects, especially individual electrons in semiconductor quantum dots. Nichol's current research focuses on improving the coherence of electron spin qubits using new materials and control methods, exploring new ways to transfer quantum information between distant spin qubits, and many-body quantum coherence in spin chains.