Hi, I’m Christiaan and I design different coloured crystals, understanding how the colour is created at a miniscule level. By understanding how the crystal colour works I can come up with creative ways to apply this in future technologies, like quantum computers which will allow faster ways to solve really tricky problems. I love how there is always something new to discover, and improve, within engineering. My ideas often fail several times but being persistent and learning from mistakes is a great way to progress.
Christiaan works at the nanoscale, understanding why crystals have certain colours as well as manufacturing microchips, which are key components of modern technology. Help him by designing and connecting your own “microchips” using stencils and paint – remember to be very precise with placing your connectors. For Christiaan if something is out of place even by as little as one hair’s width the system probably won’t work!
Christiaan Bekker works in Quantum Engineering taking knowledge from the nanoscale influences of colour formation in crystals to inspire potential future technologies like quantum computing.