Alejandro Perdomo

Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz

PhD. Chemical Physics, Harvard University: April 2012
PhD thesis title: Designing and Probing Open Quantum Systems:
Quantum Annealing, Excitonic Energy Transfer, and Nonlinear Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University: May-July 2012
Current position: Research Scientist,
Physical Based Methods group, NASA Ames Research Center

Telephone: (650) 604-0453
E-mail: aperdomo [at]
E-mail: alejandro.perdomoortiz [at]
Address: NASA Ames Research Center,
Building T35A, Rm. 23, Moffett Field, CA 94035

Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2012
A.M., Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2008
B.Sc., Chemistry, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia 2005

Research Interests
  • Open quantum systems, quantum computation for solving optimization problems of biological interest, machine learning, nonlinear spectroscopy, theoretical characterization of materials, renewable energy, light-harvesting and excitonic energy transfer

  1. R. Babbush, A. Perdomo-Ortiz, B. O’Gorman, W. Macready, and A. Aspuru-Guzik, Construction of Energy Functions for Lattice Heteropolymer Models: Efficient Encodings for Constraint Satisfaction Programming and Quantum Annealing. Submitted (2012).
  2. J. Widom, D. Rappoport, A. Perdomo-Ortiz, H. Thompsen, N. Johnson, P. Von Hippel, A. Aspuru-Guzik, and A. H. Marcus, Electronic transition moments of 6-methyl isoxanthoptherin (6-MI) — a fluorescent analog of the nucleic acid base guanine. Nucleic Acids Research (2012). In Press.
  3. A. Perdomo-Ortiz(*), Julia R. Widom(*), G. A. Lott, A. H. Marcus, and A. Aspuru-Guzik, Conformation and electronic population transfer in membrane-supported self-assembled porphyrin dimers by 2D fluorescence spectroscopy. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 116, no. 35 (August 2012): 10757–10770. (*)Co-first authors.
  4. A. Perdomo-Ortiz, N. Dickson, M. Drew-Brook, G. Rose, and A. Aspuru-Guzik. Finding low-energy conformations of lattice protein models by quantum annealing. Scientific Reports 2 (August 2012): 571.
  5. G. A. Lott(*), A. Perdomo-Ortiz(*), J. K. Utterback, J. R Widom, A. Aspuru-Guzik and A. H. Marcus, Conformation of self-assembled porphyrin dimers in liposome vesicles by phase-modulation 2D fluorescence spectroscopy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (40) 16521-16526 (2011). Preprint available: arXiv:1108.1143v1. (*)Co-first authors.
  6. J. C. Arce, A. Perdomo-Ortiz, C. A. Mujica-Martinez, M. L. Zambrano. Envelope molecular-orbital theory of extended systems. Application to organic quasi-linear nano-heterostructures. The Journal of Chemical Physics 134, 104103 (2011). Preprint available: arXiv:1003.1185v1. Also selected for the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 23(11) (2011), and the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research 21(6) (2011)
  7. I. Kassal, J. D. Whitfield, A. Perdomo-Ortiz, M-H. Yung, and A. Aspuru-Guzik Simulating chemistry using quantum computers. Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 62, 185-207 (2011). Preprint Available: arxiv:1007.2648.
  8. A. Perdomo, S. Venegas-Andraca, A. Aspuru-Guzik. A study of heuristic guesses for adiabatic quantum computation. Quantum Information Processing, 10, 33 (2011). Preprint available: arXiv:0807.0354v3
  9. A. Perdomo, L.Vogt, A. Najmaie, A. Aspuru-Guzik. Engineering directed excitonic energy transfer. Applied Physics Letters, 96, 093114 (2010) . Also selected for the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 21(11) (2010). Preprint available arXiv:1001.2602. Highlighted in the May 2011 Frontiers in Energy Research Newsletter
  10. A. Perdomo, C. Truncik, I. Tubert-Brohman, A. Aspuru-Guzik, G. Rose. On the construction of model Hamiltonians for adiabatic quantum computing and its application to finding the low energy conformations of proteins. Physical Review A 78, 012320 (2008) Also at arXiv:0801.3625. Also selected for the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research 16(2) (2008), the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information 8(7) (2008), and the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 18(4) (2008)
  11. C. Szymanski, C. Wu, J. Hooper, M. A. Salazar, A. Perdomo, A. Dukes, J. McNeill. Single Molecule Nanoparticles of the Conjugated Polymer MEH-PPV, Preparation and Characterization by Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 109(18), 8543-8546, (2005)