Marco Piani

IQC Affiliate
Marco Piani

Marco Piani is a Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Piani is part of the Computational Nonlinear & Quantum Optics Group focused on the quantum properties of correlations exhibited by distributed quantum systems.

Prior to his current position, Piani was a research assistant professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON from 2010-2015. He worked on entanglement-related topics, on non-locality of correlations (even beyond quantum) and on the general quantumness of single and correlated systems.

Piani was previously a postdoctoral fellow at IQC working in the groups of Prof N. Lutkenhaus, an expert in quantum cryptography, and of Prof J. Watrous, a leading computer scientist with interests in applicative aspects of entanglement. Between April and September 2007, Piani held a Lise Meitner position of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Innsbruck (Austria), working in the group of Prof. H. J. Briegel, a leading scientist in the field of quantum information, as well as one of the inventors of the one-way model of quantum computation. During this period he was the principal investigator of his own project which focused on multipartite entanglement. From January 2005 to March 2007, Piani worked as postdoc in Gdansk (Poland), both at the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics of the University of Gdansk and at the Gdansk University of Technology, collaborating with Prof R. Horodecki, Prof M. Horodecki and Prof P. Horodecki, leaders in the theory of entanglement. During this period he was partially supported by a CNR-NATO Advanced Fellowship he was awarded.

Piani started his research experience under the supervision of Dr F. Benatti at the University of Trieste (Italy), where he obtained both a Master's degree in Physics in 2001 (summa cum laude) and a PhD degree in Physics in 2005.


  • quantum information theory
  • quantum entanglement (theory and applications)
  • non-classicality
  • non-locality
  • dynamics of open quantum systems