Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Nathalie de Leon

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Room: B320, Engineering Quadrangle
Phone: 609-258-5694
Webpage: de Leon Group


  • PhD, Harvard University, 2011
  • BS, Stanford University, 2004

The de Leon group is focused on building quantum hardware with color centers in wide bandgap materials, such as NV centers in diamond. These color centers act as artificial atoms in the solid state, and can have remarkable optical and spin properties. We aim to explore fundamental device physics, materials engineering, and nanophotonics to gain full control over color centers to build them into scalable quantum devices, with the large-scale technological goals of realizing quantum networks and nanoscale sensors. Complementarily, we will search for new color centers for applications in quantum information processing and quantum sensing. In the near term, this toolkit will enable the exploration of fundamental quantum optics, magnetic interactions, and many body physics. Our lab is highly interdisciplinary, spanning optics and photonics, surface science and materials engineering, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, nanofabrication, and cryogenics.

Honors and Awards

  • DOE Early Career Award 2018
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award 2018
  • NSF CAREER Award 2018
  • Sloan Research Fellow in Physics 2017
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator 2017