The Clean Energy Project was just chosen as the next project for the BOINC Pentathlon! This means even more “marathoners” will be running our screensaver! Check out the press release here! Congratulations to the Clean Energy Project Team!
Congratulations to Jacob, who was just named a recipient of the 2013 Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates. The award is given annually to five graduate students across the entire university in recognition of outstanding teaching. The photo below shows the presentation of the award by Dean Xiao-Li Meng. Congratulations Jacob!
Our group’s Clean Energy Project, a massively-distributed computing project for identifying the most promising molecular candidates for constructing organic solar cells, was featured on Computerworld. The article discusses our plans to release the top molecular candidates identified by the project in the near future. Check out the article here. In fact, the article was subsequently slashdotted. Congratulations to the Clean Energy Project Team!
Jacob was recently selected by the American Chemical Society as the peer mentor for the United States International Chemistry Olympiad Team. He will travel for two weeks in June to the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp, held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he will give lectures and hold problem-solving sessions for the top 20 high school students in the nation. After two intense weeks of lectures and laboratories, the top four students will attend the international competition held this year in Moscow, Russia. Congratulations, Jacob, on your selection as a mentor, and good luck with preparing the team!
Breaking News: A major CONGRATULATIONS to Alán, who just today learned that he received tenure here at Harvard! Thank you to EVERYONE over the years who helped make this a reality!
We look forward to many more scientific adventures in the years to come! Congratulations again, Alán! Felicidades!
A big congratulations to Johannes Hachmann, who just received a Postdoctoral Research Award from the American Chemical Society Physical Chemistry Division. He will be heading to the ACS meeting in Indianapolis in September to give a 20-minute lecture and receive the award. Congratulations, Johannes!
A huge congratulations to Sule Atahan-Evrenk, who just accepted a position at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara, Turkey as an Assistant Professor. She will start there in Fall 2013. Congratulations again, Professor Atahan-Evrenk!
A huge congratulations to John Parkhill, who just accepted a position at the University of Notre Dame as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He will be starting there July 1, but his new group website is already up and running. Check it out here! Congratulations, Professor Parkhill!
Temperature-Dependent Conformations of a Membrane Supported ‘Zinc Porphyrin Tweezer’ by 2D Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Our paper entitled Temperature-Dependent Conformations of a Membrane Supported ‘Zinc Porphyrin Tweezer’ by 2D Fluorescence Spectroscopy was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Congratulations to Alejandro and Dmitrij, as well as our collaborators at the University of Oregon!
Alan was recently featured on the MyCQstate blog, based on a talk he gave at MIT about Quantum Computing for Chemistry Applications. Check out the blog post here.
Alán gave a Q-Chem Webinar about the Clean Energy Project. Check it out here on YouTube!
Alán just received the 2013 ACS Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry. The award is “for his pioneering contributions to the intersection of quantum information and chemistry. In particular, quantum computing for chemistry and ultrafast quantum process tomography.” Congratulations! Check out the award here.
We are very proud and happy to announce that the Harvard Clean Energy Project managed to team up with HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, now part of the Western Digital Corporation family) on the CEP hardware department. HGST is generously sponsoring us with the harddrives for our upcoming Jabba storage arrays, for which we are extremely grateful. Yesterday, the first batch of 45 3TB Deskstar 5K3000 drives arrived and they are now waiting to be mounted into jabba6. Once the new drives have been added we’ll be operating 240 Deskstars with a capacity of 720TB!
The HGST Deskstars have now for over two years been our primary data storage medium and we were very impressed by their reliability and performance. Disc failures are not an issue at all. It’s good to know that the results produced by the World Community Grit participants around the globe are safe with the HGST hardware and we are not shy acknowledging it. Thanks again to HGST for supporting the Clean Energy Project!
Aidan Daly was just featured in Business Insider as one of the 22 most impressive students at Harvard right now. The article also mentions Aidan’s work in computational quantum computing, which he conducted during his time in our group. Check out the article here. Congratulations to Aidan!
Check out the recent article entitled “A Quantum Leap” in The Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal (THURJ). In the article, Alan discusses some aspects of the history of quantum computing, as well as the group’s recent work in the field. Read it here!
It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our long-time Laboratory Administrator, Anna Shin. She has been part of the lifeblood of the group since August 2008, and it is thanks to her tireless efforts that business in the group has operated so smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Her cheerful personality and relentless optimism will be missed by everyone, and we wish her all the best in the future!
At the same time, we bid a warm welcome to Marlon Cummings, our new Laboratory Administrator. Though he has big shoes to fill, we all look forward to working with him in the years ahead.
A brief update on the newest toy in our group: we just purchased a 4-GPU box in order to run accelerated electronic structure calculations. Adrian Jinich and Dmitrij Rappoport have already hit the ground running by starting to use it to simulate metabolic pathways. The box has been named ‘Tribal’ in honor of Alán’s boots. If it works well, we hope to purchase at least three more!
A very warm welcome to our newest first-year graduate students: Sam Blau, Nicolas Sawaya, and Thomas Markovich! We are extremely excited to have them all in the group.
More press coverage on our group’s new APRA-E Grant, this time from the Waterloo Global Science Institute which hosted the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030, in which Alán participated as a quorum member. Check it out here!
Alán was part of a team of chemists and engineers at Harvard to win a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) program. The grant will support research into the development of a flow battery, which is a type of highly rechargable fuel cell. Based on our group’s prior experience in the Clean Energy Project with high-throughput screening of potential molecules for organic solar cells, we will be applying our methods to identify optimal candidate molecules for the battery. Check out the Harvard press release here for more details. We are really excited to embark on this new line of research!
Our paper entitled Computational Complexity in Electronic Structure was accepted for publication as a Perspective in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. It is already available as an Advance Article. Congratulations to James and Peter!
Our paper entitled Positivity in the Presence of Initial System-Environment Correlation was just accepted for publication in Physical Review A. Congratulations to César!
Our paper entitled Photonics Meets Excitonics: Natural and Artificial Molecular Aggregates was just accepted for publication in Nanophotonics. Congratulations to Semion, Alex, and Stéphanie!
Our work on the use of the D-Wave quantum computer for protein folding was featured yet again, this time as a News Feature in Nature. Congratulations again to Alejandro, Alán, and our collaborators!
Great news! Alán was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society by the Topical Group on Quantum Information.
The nomination is:
For his contributions at the interface of quantum information and chemistry and biology, including theory and experiment in quantum simulation for molecules, the development of the understanding of quantum coherence in photosynthesis, and density functional theory for open quantum systems.
A big congratulations!
Jacob was just presented with the Dudley R. Herschbach Teaching Award at a recent faculty meeting. The award, given annually to one or two chemistry graduate students, “recognizes excellence in teaching and dedication to departmental service.” Congratulations, Jacob!
Aidan Daly, one of our amazing undergraduates, was just awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for 2013. Check out the full story in the Harvard Gazette here. Many congratulations, Aidan!
On the Alternatives for Bath Correlators and Spectral Densities from Mixed Quantum-Classical Simulations
Our paper entitled On the Alternatives for Bath Correlators and Spectral Densities from Mixed Quantum-Classical Simulations was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations to Stéphanie and Alex!
Our paper entitled Faster Quantum Chemistry Simulation on Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computers was just accepted for publication in the New Journal of Physics. Congratulations to James and Man-Hong!
Electronic Transition Moments of 6-Methyl Isoxanthoptherin — A Fluorescent Analog of the Nucleic Acid Base Guanine
Our paper entitled Electronic Transition Moments of 6-Methyl Isoxanthoptherin — A Fluorescent Analog of the Nucleic Acid Base Guanine was just accepted for publication in Nucleic Acids Research. Congratulations to Dmitrij and Alejandro!
A Correlated-Polaron Electronic Propagator: Open Electronic Dynamics Beyond the Born-Oppenheimer Approximation
Our paper entitled A Correlated-Polaron Electronic Propagator: Open Electronic Dynamics Beyond the Born-Oppenheimer Approximation was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations to John, Thomas, and David!
Congratulations to Alán on giving his tenure talk last week to the entire Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology here at Harvard. The talk was entitled “Rethinking Spectroscopy: Molecules as Quantum Processors” and concentrated on the group’s efforts at the interface of molecular spectroscopy and quantum information, focusing in particular on Quantum Process Tomography (QPT) for chemistry. As you can see below, it was a full house!
Alán was selected as a 2012 Phillips Distinguished Visitor at Haverford College. Congratulations to Alán!
Our paper entitled Compressed Sensing for Multidimensional Spectroscopy Experiments was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Congratulations to Jacob, Semion, Sarah, and Xavier!
Path Integral Monte Carlo with Importance Sampling for Excitons Interacting with an Arbitrary Phonon Bath
Our paper entitled Path Integral Monte Carlo with Importance Sampling for Excitons Interacting with an Arbitrary Phonon Bath was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations to Sangwoo!
More exciting news: our work with D-Wave presenting the largest protein folded using a quantum computer continues to be featured in the press! See the coverage by Nature News Blog here and the coverage by Next Big Future here. Congratulations again to Alejandro, Alán, and the rest of the D-Wave protein folding team!
Our work on the use of the D-Wave quantum computer for protein folding was just featured in the popular press! As discussed in the Sacramento Bee, this work presents the largest protein folding problem solved to date using a quantum computer. Check out the newspaper article here. The original paper in Nature Scientific Reports is available here. A big congratulations to Alejandro, Alán, and our collaborators!
Alán’s book review of Neither Physics nor Chemistry: A History of Quantum Chemistry was just published in Physics Today. The book is by Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões. Check out Alán’s review here!
Conformation and Electronic Population Transfer in Membrane Supported Self-Assembled Porphyrin Dimers by 2D Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Our paper entitled Conformation and Electronic Population Transfer in Membrane Supported Self-Assembled Porphyrin Dimers by 2D Fluorescence Spectroscopy was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Congratulations to Alejandro!
Memory-Assisted Exciton Diffusion in the Chlorosome Light-Harvesting Antenna of Green Sulfur Bacteria
Our paper entitled Memory-Assisted Exciton Diffusion in the Chlorosome Light-Harvesting Antenna of Green Sulfur Bacteria was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Congratulations to Taka, Jenny, and Semion!
Last week, we bid farewell to two long-standing group members: Jacob Krich and Alejandro Perdomo. Jacob completed his post-doc in the group and is beginning his new position as Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. Alejandro, who completed his Ph.D. in the group, is moving on to be a Postdoctoral Researcher at the NASA Ames Research Center. We were lucky to have both of them, and we wish them the best of luck as they move forward in their new positions. Congratulations to them both!
The Clean Energy Project was just featured on the Clean Energy View blog. You can read about the project, find out how to participate, and hear a radio interview about the project with Alán. Check it out here! Congratulations to the CEP team.
Our paper entitled Application of Compressed Sensing to the Simulation of Atomic Systems was just accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Congratulations to Xavier and Jacob!
Adrian Jinich just joined our group. Adrian is a graduate student in the Systems Biology Program and originally hails from Mexico. Welcome Adrian!
Our paper with Peter Love and his students, Sam Rodriques and Ben Brock, was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. The paper is entitled Multipartite Quantum Entanglement Evolution in Photosynthetic Complexes. Peter and his students are visiting our group for the summer, and we look forward to a continued productive collaboration!
Alán was interviewed today on the The Clean Energy View Radio Show to discuss the Clean Energy Project. Check out the interview here.
Our paper entitled Quantum Simulator of an Open Quantum System using Superconducting Qubits: Exciton Transport in Photosynthetic Complexes was just accepted for publication in the New Journal of Physics. Many congratulations to Sarah and Patrick!
Our paper entitled Finding Low-Energy Conformations of Lattice Protein Models by Quantum Annealing was just accepted for publication in Scientific Reports. Congratulations to Alejandro!
Johannes’s poster, entitled “The Harvard Clean Energy Project: Automated, High-Throughput, First-Principles Screening of Organic Photovoltaics on the World Community Grid,” was selected as an Outstanding Poster at the 14th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry (ICQC) in Boulder, Colorado. Congratulations, Johannes!
The Clean Energy Project was just featured in a video by IBM entitled Positive Energy: IBM Goes Green Inside and Out. The video includes interviews with Alán, Johannes, and Supriya. Congratulations to the CEP team! You can check out the video here. The video was also just featured on the Smarter Planet Blog; check out the post here.
Our paper entitled Unification of witnessing initial system-environment correlations and witnessing non-Markovianity was just accepted for publication in Europhysics Letters. Congratulations to César!
Alán was just featured in an interview on the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) blog. Alán and Alfredo Alexander-Katz of MIT discuss how high performance parallel computing are enabling us to study the interplay between biomolecular structure and efficient light harvesting in photosynthetic bacteria, as well as how this could lead to radical new approaches to energy generation. Check the interview out here!
Our paper entitled Exciton Transport in Thin-Film Cyanine Dye J-aggregates was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. A big congratulations to Stéphanie, Semion, and Man-Hong!
And our fourth success in just two days! Our paper entitled Nonradiative lifetimes in intermediate band materials — absence of lifetime recovery was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Physics. Congratulations to Jacob Krich!
More good news: our paper entitled Can Mixed-Metal Surfaces Provide an Additional Enhancement to SERS? was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Congratulations to Roberto and Dmitrij!
Exciting news: we just had not one but two papers published in Nature Communications! The first paper is entitled Digital Quantum Simulation of the Statistical Mechanics of a Frustrated Magnet, and the second is entitled Observation of Topologically Protected Bound States in a One Dimensional Photonic System. Congratulations to Man-Hong for the first paper and Ivan for the second! A great day for the group!
Our paper entitled Environment-Assisted Quantum Transport in Ordered Systems was accepted for publication in the New Journal of Physics. Congratulations to Ivan!
This past Thursday was Commencement Day at Harvard. Congratulations to all of our group members who graduated this year!
From left to right: Alejandro, Joel, Sangwoo, Roberto, Alán, Leslie, David, and Patrick. Congratulations to all!
Exciting news: the last in a series of six successful thesis defenses! Patrick Rebentrost successfully defended his thesis, entitled Exciton Transfer in Photosynthesis and Engineered Systems: Role of Electronic Coherence and the Environment. Many congratulations, Dr. Rebentrost!
Our paper entitled A witness for coherent electronic vs. vibronic-only oscillations in ultrafast spectroscopy was accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations to Joel and Jacob K!
More great news! Congratulations to former group member James Whitfield for winning the 2011 Molecular Physics Young Author Prize for the paper Simulation of electronic structure Hamiltonians using quantum computers.
Exciting News: Alán was at the White House today at an industry and academia summit for the administration’s Materials Genome Initiative at which the Clean Energy Project was highlighted as one of the flagship projects. This is an amazing honor for the project, the Harvard and IBM teams, and all our crunchers! Go here to check it out! More details on this initiative may be found on this fact sheet, which states:
In one of the largest computational chemistry experiments in history, The Clean Energy Project, led by the Aspuru-Guzik group at Harvard University, is using IBM’s World Community Grid to accelerate the testing of millions of new, simulated organic molecules that might be used for low cost, effective and easily produced materials to conduct and store solar energy. Harvard will work with Wolfram to make the seven million molecules and associated data publicly available by the end of 2012. This effort will provide valuable information to the materials community as it works to collectively to advance the MGI.
The Clean Energy Project is about to get a major boost. Though it has previously relied on a network of home and office personal computers, it is now scheduled for a block of time on the Trestles supercomputer at the University of California, San Diego. See the article on CleanTechnica for further details. Congratulations to the CEP team!
And yet another successful thesis defense! Today Joel Yuen successfully defended his thesis, entitled A Quantum Information Approach to Ultrafast Spectroscopy. Congratulations, Dr. Yuen!
David Tempel successfully defended his thesis, entitled Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory for Open Quantum Systems and Quantum Computation. Congratulations, Dr. Tempel!
Our paper entitled Exciton Coherence Lifetimes from Electronic Structure was selected for inclusion in the April 2012 issue of Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science. Congratulations to John and David!
Many congratulations to Roberto Olivares, who successfully defended his thesis, entitled Quantum Chemistry in Nanoscale Environments: Insights on Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering and Organic Photovoltaics. He is the third in an ever-increasing series of new Ph.D. graduates in our group. Congratulations again, Dr. Olivares!
Many congratulations to Alejandro Perdomo, who successfully defended his thesis, entitled Designing and Probing Open Quantum Systems: Quantum Annealing, Excitonic Energy Transfer, and Nonlinear Fluorescence Spectroscopy. He is the second in a series of new Ph.D. graduates in our group. Congratulations again, Dr. Perdomo!
Our call for suggestions to name our new in-house cluster was a big success. We received a ton of great suggestions on the WCG forum, facebook, and twitter. Thanks so much for all your input! In the first selection round, all the candidates were rated by an internal jury. Some suggestions did not quite make the cut for formal, technical, or practical reasons. The best 24 candidates were chosen for the final round and now YOU have the chance to select the ultimate winner of this little competition. You can vote here! May the best name win
Congratulations to Sangwoo Shim, our newest Ph.D. graduate! Sangwoo successfully defended his thesis, entitled Quantum Dynamics in Biology. Congratulations again, Dr. Shim!
Alán just joined the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, an open-access journal that is part of the Nature Publishing Group.
Our paper entitled TDDFT in Massively Parallel Computer Architectures: The OCTOPUS Project was published in the Psi-k Newsletter as a Scientific Highlight of the Month. Congratulations to Xavier!
Our paper entitled Quantum Computing Without Wavefunctions: Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory for Universal Quantum Computation was accepted for publication in Scientific Reports. The preprint is available here. Congratulations to David!
Alán and Philip Walther co-authored an Insight article in Nature Physics about Photonic Quantum Simulators. Nature Physics took on our idea of orreries and made the cover based on it! This is part of a special issue on Quantum Simulation. Read the article here while it is still hot off the press.
Our book chapter entitled A Benchmark Quantum Monte Carlo Study of Molecular Crystal Polymorphism: A Challenging Case for Density-Functional Theory was published in Advances in Quantum Monte Carlo. Congratulations to Mark and Kenta!
Alán was quoted in the Daily Climate about the potential of organic solar cells to provide energy to people who lack access to electricity.
Our paper entitled Electronic Structure Calculations in Arbitrary Electrostatic Environments is one of the 20 most downloaded papers in the Journal of Chemical Physics during February 2012. Congratulations to Mark, Dmitrij, and Roberto!
Our paper entitled Quantum process tomography of excitonic dimers from two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy I: General theory and application to homodimers has been selected by the Editors of the Journal of Chemical Physics for an Editor’s Choice Award. The Editor’s Choice articles are featured on the journal’s website here. Many congratulations to Joel!
Our paper entitled Exciton Coherence Lifetimes from Electronic Structure was published in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations to John and David!
Our paper entitled Probing Biological Light-Harvesting Phenomena by Optical Cavities was published in Physical Review B. Congratulations to Semion!
The Clean Energy Project team had placed a bid in the CycleCloud BigScience Challenge organized by Cycle Computing, Inc. last year. In November it was announced that CEP made it into the final round of this competition. Now, the jury has made its ultimate decision and although CEP didn’t quite manage to clinch the victory we were the close runner-ups and were awarded an Honorable Mention. Cycle Computing had another nice surprise for the CEP team: In addition to the computing time we won for the 2nd place, they will donate all the idle time on their R&D clusters to the Clean Energy Project – which will likely add up to a very sizable chunk of CPU cycles .
Our paper entitled Digital Quantum Simulation of the Statistical Mechanics of a Frustrated Magnet was accepted for publication in Nature Communications. Congratulations to Man-Hong!
Our paper entitled Introduction to Quantum Algorithms for Physics and Chemistry was accepted for publication in Advances in Chemical Physics. Congratulations to Man-Hong, James, Sergio and David!
- February 29, 2012 Our paper entitled Probing biological light-harvesting phenomena by optical cavities was accepted for publication in Physical Review B. Congratulations to Semion!
- February 19, 2012 Alán was a contributor for the Equinox Blueprint – Equinox 2030: A technological roadmap for a low-carbon, electrified future which is available online. A news article about the report is in Canada’s Globe and Mail.
- February 8, 2012 Our paper entitled Exciton coherence lifetimes from electronic structure was accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations to John and David!
- February 7, 2012 Our paper entitled Atomistic Study of the Long-Lived Quantum Coherences in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson Complex was published in Biophysical Journal and featured on the cover issue. Read more about the cover art designed by Lauren Aleza Kaye in the Official Blog of the Biophysical Society. Congratulations to Sangwoo, Patrick and Stephanie!
- February 6, 2012 Our group received a research grant from the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Read more about the MGHPCC-funded research in Scientific Computing.
- January 9, 2012 Our paper entitled Electronic structure calculations in arbitrary electrostatic environments was published online in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Our work is featured on the cover of the issue. The article has recently been selected for inclusion in the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology. It is on the list of JCP’s Top 20 Most Read in January 2012. Congratulations to Mark, Dmitrij and Roberto!
- January 3, 2012 Our paper entitled A quantum-quantum Metropolis algorithm was published online in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article has recently been selected for inclusion in the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information. Congratulations to Man-Hong!
- December 25, 2011 Our paper entitled Tuning charge transport in solution-sheared organic semiconductors using lattice strain was published in Nature, and covered in PhysOrg, IEEE Spectrum and Overclockers Club. Congratulations to Sule!
- December 22, 2011 Our paper entitled Measurement of the absolute Raman cross section of the optical phonons in type Ia natural diamond was published in Solid State Communications. Congratulations to Semion & Xavier!
- December 5, 2011 Our paper entitled Atomistic study of the long-lived quantum coherences in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex was accepted for publication in the Biophysical Journal. Congratulations to Sangwoo, Patrick and Stephanie!
- November 28, 2011 Our paper entitled Electronic structure calculations in arbitrary electrostatic environments was accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Our work will be featured on the cover of the future issue. Congratulations to Mark, Dmitrij and Roberto!
- November 18, 2011 Our paper entitled A quantum-quantum Metropolis algorithm was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Congratulations to Man-Hong!
- November 17, 2011 Our paper entitled Absence of Quantum Oscillations and Dependence on Site Energies in Electronic Excitation Transfer in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson Trimer was published online in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Congratulations to Alex!
- November 15, 2011 We have been named one of five Finalists in the CycleCloud BigScience Challenge for our proposal to conduct computational screening and design of novel materials for the next generation of organic photovoltaics. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced next year.
- November 11, 2011 Our paper from 2008, Environment-Assisted Quantum Walks in Photosynthetic Energy Transfer is the fourth most cited paper in the Journal of Chemical Physics in the interval 2008-2011, according to the Web of Science!
- November 9, 2011 Our paper entitled Fighting the curse of dimensionality in first-principles semiclassical calculations: Non-local reference states for large number of dimensions was accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics.
- October 28, 2011 Our paper entitled Absence of Quantum Oscillations and Dependence on Site Energies in Electronic Excitation Transfer in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson Trimer was accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Congratulations to Alex!
- October 28, 2011 Our paper entitled Prediction of the Derivative Discontinuity in Density Functional Theory from an Electrostatic Description of the Exchange and Correlation Potential was published online in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations to Xavier!
- October 21, 2011 Patrick Rebentrost receives the Jacques-Emile Dubois Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowship from Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Congratulations to Patrick!
- October 13, 2011 Our paper entitled Strained Molecular Packing in Solution Processed TIPS-pentacene with Enhanced Charge Transport was accepted for publication in Nature. Congratulations to Sule!
- October 12, 2011 Our paper Quantum state and process tomography of energy transfer systems via ultrafast spectroscopy is available in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- September 27, 2011 Our paper entitled Prediction of the derivative discontinuity in density functional theory from an electrostatic description of the exchange and correlation potential was accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations to Xavier!
- September 23, 2011 Postdocs Mark Watson and Sergio Boixo depart the group to begin their new positions at Princeton University and University of Southern California. Sergio has taken the position of Computer Scientist at USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI). Congratulations and best wishes to Mark and Sergio!
- September 22, 2011 Our paper Conformation of self-assembled porphyrin dimers in liposome vesicles by phase-modulation 2D fluorescence spectroscopy is available in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- September 16, 2011 Still more press on the Clean Energy Project from NPR Marketplace Tech Report and Solar Mash.
- September 15, 2011 More press coverage on the Clean Energy Project from Clean Energy Authority and PG&E Currents as we as re-posts by Solar Feeds and News on Green.
- September 14, 2011 Our paper The Harvard Clean Energy Project: Large-Scale Computational Screening and Design of Organic Photovoltaics on the World Community Grid was also covered by Wired.co.uk, Energy Matters, POPSCI, and ecoINSITE. Monday’s PhysOrg article was in addition picked up by Anpron.
- September 12, 2011 Our paper The Harvard Clean Energy Project: Large-Scale Computational Screening and Design of Organic Photovoltaics on the World Community Grid was covered by PhysOrg.com.
- September 9, 2011 Our paper entitled Solving Quantum Ground-State Problems with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in collaboration with the experimental group of Jiangfeng Du from USTC was published: Scientific Reports 1, 88 (2011). Congratulations to Man-Hong Yung and James Whitfield!
- September 5, 2011 Congratulations to Joel Yuen-Zhou and Jacob Krich! Our paper on Quantum Process Tomography was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Looking forward to seeing it in print!
- September 1, 2011 Oleg Prezhdo wrote an editorial entitled A Modern Quantum Chemistry Sampler: From Algorithms for the Schrodinger Equation, to Medium Effects, to Large-Scale In Silico Molecule Design in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. It covers our Clean Energy Project overview paper in the same issue.
- Our paper Conformation of self-assembled porphyrin dimers in liposome vesicles by phase-modulation 2D fluorescence spectroscopy, in collaboration with the group of Andrew Marcus at the University of Oregon, to be published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was covered by Nanotech Now and Azonano.
- We had more coverage from our paper From computational discovery to experimental characterization of a high hole mobility organic crystal, Nat. Commun. 2, 437 (2011) on Eco-business, Technology Review, Chem.info, ZDNet, CNet, Electronics News, Smartplanet, R & D Mag, e! Science News, Science Daily, Physorg, Domain-b, Nanowerk, Futurity, Redorbit, IT Pro Portal, Semi-Accurate, Slashdot, Bernardinai (in Lithuanian), and Inovaçao Tecnológica (in Portuguese)!
- August 21, 2011 Congratulations to James Daniel Whitfield, our second Ph.D. graduate! “Doctor Jay” (as he likes to be called now) is currently a postdoc in Boris Altshuler and Jeremy Roland’s groups at Columbia and NEC respectively. Congratulations again, Jay!
- August 16, 2011 Our paper Accelerated computational discovery of high-performance materials for organic photovoltaics by means of cheminformatics that describes our efforts to combine cheminformatics approaches usually used in pharma for materials was accepted without any revisions in the prestigious journal Energy & Environmental Science. Congratulations to Roberto, Carlos and the rest of the CEP team!
- August 16, 2011 Our paper entitled Solving Quantum Ground-State Problems with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in collaboration with the experimental group of Jiangfeng Du from USTC was accepted in the open-access journal Scientific Reports. Congratulations to Man-Hong Yung and James Whitfield!
- August 16, 2011 Our paper From computational discovery to experimental characterization of a high hole mobility organic crystal, Nat. Commun. 2, 437 (2011) was covered by Nature News, Harvard Gazette, and Stanford News.
- August 11, 2011 Our perspective paper entitled The Harvard Clean Energy Project: Large-scale Computational Screening and Design of Organic Photovoltaics on the World Community Grid which is the first paper describing our Clean Energy Project was just accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters ! Congratulations Johannes and the rest of the team!
- July 21, 2011 Our manuscript Adiabatic Quantum Simulators keeps being one of the top downloaded papers of AIP Advances . It is number six in June. We also were featured in their E-mail newsletter!. Congratulations Jake, Ville and James!
- July 20, 2011 Our manuscript Conformation of self-assembled porphyrin dimers in liposome vesicles by phase-modulation 2D fluorescence spectroscopy in collaboration with the group of Andrew Marcus at the University of Oregon was just accepted for publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences! Congratulations Alejandro !!!.
- July 20, 2011 Our paper entitled Modeling Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering with Time-dependent Density Functional Theory: Vacuum and Surface Enhancement just appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters . Congratulations to John and Dmitrij!
- July 11, 2011 Our paper with Professor Michele Ceotto of the university of Milan entitled First-principles semi-classical calculation of vibrational eigenfunctions. was on the list of the Top 20 most downloaded JCP papers in June! Congratulations to Stephanie !.
- June 17, 2011 The Equinox Summit 2030 Vision of Alan regarding accelerated materials discovery can be downloaded from this link.
- June 17, 2011 Joel Yuen-Zhou received the prize of best graduate student at the Pan-American Advances Studies Institute at Cartagena, Colombia just held. To quote/translate Adam Wasserman: “During the two weeks, each speaker asked a question at the end of his/her talk. For each correct answer, the student was awarded an india catalina (the Colombian analog of an Oscar). At the end of the event, the student that accumulated the most indias catalinas, (Joel accumulated 9) became the best student, out of 70 participants. The prize was a big applause, a fine bottle of tequila, $200 dollars, and a handshake with Hardy Gross.”
- June 8, 2011 You can watch the Video of Alan’s talk about the Clean Energy Project at the WGSI summit.
- June 8, 2011 The Clean Energy Project made it to the Nature News Blog. Congratulations to Johannes, Sule, Roberto, Carlos, and the rest of the CEP team!
- June 7, 2011 Our paper Adiabatic quantum simulators in the journal AIP advances was selected as a Research highlight! Highlight.png
- May 27, 2011 Our paper Adiabatic Quantum Simulators now finally appeared online at AIP Advances. 1, 022126 (2011) . This is an open-access journal. Congratulations to Jacob, Ville, James and Joe!
- May 24, 2011 Joel and Alan’s paper on Quantum process tomography of molecular dimers from two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy I: General theory and application to homodimers was also selected for the Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Spectroscopy!
- May 23, 2011 Our paper entitled First Principles Semiclassical Calculations of Vibrational Eigenfunctions was accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations to Stephanie Valleau and our long-standing collaborator Michele Ceotto who is her former advisor!
- May 11, 2011 Only six days later after acceptance, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters has our paper online!
- May 9, 2011 Our paper entitled Adiabatic quantum simulators was accepted today in the new Journal AIP Advances. Congratulations to Jacob Biamote, Ville Berghlom, Joe Fitzimmons and James!
- May 5, 2011 Our paper A Simplified Sum-Over-States Approach for Predicting Resonance Raman Spectra. Application to Nucleic Acid Bases was accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Congratulations Dmitrij and Sangwoo!
- April 26, 2011 Alejandro Perdomo featured in the award-winning video about the MIT/Harvard/BNL Center for Excitonics. Johannes Hachmann and Carlos Amador made a cameo appearance as well.
- April 26, 2011 IBM announced Alan’s presentation on The Clean Energy Project on Earth’s day. It is a 10 minute presentation with 10-minute questions and answers on Youtube for the members of the World Community Grid. Part 1 and Part 2
- April 26, 2011 Alan Made it to the Azimuth Blog of John Baez due to his participation in the upcoming Equinox Summit at the Perimeter Institute.
- April 20, 2011 Congratulations to both Jarrod McClean and Jacob Sanders ! They both obtained NSF Graduate Fellowships . On top of that, Jarrod was awarded the prestigious DOE Computational Graduate Science Fellowship and Jacob the Department of Defense NDSEG award. Congratulations to both!
- April 20, 2011 Our paper called Scaling and localization lengths of a topologically disordered system just appeared in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations Jacob!
- April 18, 2001 Congratulations to Roberto Olivares who is one of the Fieser Lecturers for this year in the department!
- April 18, 2011 Our paper entitled Quantum process tomography of molecular dimers from two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy I: General theory and application to homodimers, was selected for the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information Volume 11, Issue 4 (2011). Congratulations Joel!
- April 17, 2011 Welcome to Alex Eisfeld, who will be for us for a year. On to a year of great collaborations.
- April 17, 2011 Farewell to Ivan Kassal, who is now a University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellow working with Andrew White and Gerald Milburn!
- April 17, 2011 Farewell to Kenta Hongo , who will assume the position of Assistant Professor at the Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Tokyo, Japan. Congratulations Kenta!
- April 17, 2011 Our paper entitled Communication: Exciton–phonon information flow in the energy transfer process of photosynthetic complexes is one of the Top 20 most downloaded papers of J. Chem. Phys. for March 2011!
- April 7, 2011 Our paper entitled Communication: Exciton-phonon information flow in the energy transfer process of photosynthetic complexes, was selected for the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research and the Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science. Congratulations Patrick!
- April 7, 2011 Our paper Quantum process tomography of molecular dimers from two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy I: General theory and application to homodimers just appeared today in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations to Joel!
- April 1, 2011 The IBM World Community grid became one of the 100 Icons of IBM. Our Clean Energy project is one of the projects that run there.
- March 18, 2011 Congratulations to Jacob Krich on the acceptance on our paper on Scaling and localization lengths of a topologically disordered system in Physical Review Letters !
- March 15, 2011 Congratulations to Patrick Rebentrost! Our Communication in the Journal of Chemical Physics entitled Exciton-phonon information flow in the energy transfer process of photosynthetic complexes, is just off the presses!
- February 24, 2011 Roberto Olivares appeared in the Fundacion Mexico en Harvard graduate student testimonial videos. Cool video. Check it out!
- January 16, 2011 Our review on the Annual Reviews of Physical Chemistry entitled Simulating chemistry with quantum computers is scheduled for around April is available in an advance online version. Download it now!
- January 16, 2011 Our paper on Measurement of the absolute Raman cross section of the optical phonon in silicon was accepted for publication in Solid State Communications. This is a collaboration led by the group of Roshan Aggarwal at Lincoln labs. Congratulations Semion!
- January 12, 2011 David Tempel’s manuscript on Theory of Excitation Broadening using Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory for Open Quantum System has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Congratulations David!
- January 10, 2011 We begin the new year with other great news, Our paper entitled Sufficient and necessary condition for zero quantum entropy rate under any coupling to the environment by Cesar Rodriguez-Rosario and Alan was accepted into Physical Review Letters. Congratulations Cesar!
- November 30, 2010 Our paper Simulation of Classical Thermal States on a Quantum Computer: A Renormalization Group Approach has been accepted as a Physical Review A Rapid Communication.
Congratulations to Man-Hong Yung, James Whitfield and our collaborator Daniel Nagaj.
- November 15, 2010 A Science concentrate appeared in Chemical and Engineering News (C&E News) about The Clean Energy Project Download it here!
- Nov 1, 2010 Our group was mentioned in the article “The GPU Revolution” in Chemical Engineering News! GPURevoltion
- October 19, 2010 Alan participated in the DOE workshop entitled Computational Materials Science and Chemistry for Innovation. The report (download from link) cites our work on energy transfer.
- October 18, 2010 Alan participated in the 22nd. Solvay Conference in Chemistry whose topic is Quantum Effects in Chemistry and Biology . The contributions of the group will be in the proceedings of the conference.
- September 25, 2010 A video of the TR35 Presentation (90 second elevator pitch) and subsequent panel discussion is available here
- September 16, 2010 Congratulations to Ivan Kassal who is the first graduate student to graduate from the group! He is now a postdoc with us for a few months before he is off to Australia to work at the University of Queensland holding a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship there. Congratulations again, Ivan!
- August 30, 2010 Our paper entitled Separation of electromagnetic and chemical contributions to surface-enhanced Raman spectra on nanoengineered plasmonic substrates was recently accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters !
- August 25, 2010 Alan was selected as one of the 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology Review magazine. Here is the Harvard Gazette article.
- August 23, 2010 The Clean Energy Project was recently featured in the cover article of Chemical and Engineering News called The Power of Plastic
- August 20, 2010 Our paper on Optical absorption of oligothienoacenes just appeared in Organic Electronics .
- July 20, 2010 At the upcoming American Chemical Society meeting in Boston, three members of the Aspuru-Guzik group will be honored by the ACS: Alán Aspuru-Guzik will receive the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the Computers in Chemistry Division, Dmitrij Rappoport will receive the Outstanding Postdoctoral Award from the Physical Division, and Roberto Olivares-Amaya will receive the Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award from the Computers in Chemistry Division.
- July 20, 2010 Congratulations to Ivan Kassal and Patrick Rebentrost for receiving the Herschbach Teaching Awards this year!
- July 8, 2010 Our team is gearing up to begin work under the DARPA Quantum Effects in Biological Environments program starting in the Fall.
- July 7, 2010 Two of our publications were accepted in Nano Letters and Organic Electronics on the same day! Congratulations to Patrick and Roel!
- July 1, 2010 Alan is now Associate Professor .
- June 28, 2010 Phase 2 of our distributed computing effort , The Clean Energy Project was launched today! It is an opt-in project in Linux only, but Windows and Mac are coming soon. Please download it! http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=134 Thanks to IBM for the wonderful collaboration!
- June 20, 2010 The Second Workshop on Quantum Effects in Biological Systems co-organized by Alan and Bob Silbey concluded greatly. Many thanks to Anna and Peg who did the hard work of the real organization!
- May 14, 2010 Our paper entitled The importance of electron correlation on the polymorphism of para-diiodobenzene molecular crystals: a benchmark quantum Monte Carlo study. was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters! Congratulations Kenta, Mark and Sigi!
- April 10, 2010 Our article entitled “Towards quantum chemistry on a quantum computer” was featured in the First Anniversary Highlights of Nature Chemistry!
- March 23, 2010. Our paper entitled Discrete single-photon quantum walks with tunable decoherence has been accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters !! Update: It is now out. Congratulations to Ivan and our great Cambridge-Australia collaboration.
- March 17, 2010 Our Paper on Environment-assisted quantum transport was selected as one of the only six papers in quantum physics for Best of 2009. The criteria for selection is: “The articles were selected for their presentation of outstanding new research, receipt of the highest praise from our international referees and the highest number of downloads last year.” Congratulations to Patrick, Ivan and Masoud!
- January 26, 2010 Our paper entitled “A study of heuristic guesses for adiabatic quantum computation” was accepted in the journal Quantum Information Processing! Congratulations Salvador and Alejandro.
- January 25, 2010 Our paper on Time-dependent density functional theory for open quantum systems with unitary propagation has appeared online in Physical Review Letters.
- January 22, 2009 Our paper on Engineering directed excitonic energy transfer was accepted in Applied Physics Letters ! Congratulations to Alejandro, Leslie and Ali.
- January 10, 2010 Our paper “Towards Quantum Chemistry on a Quantum Computer” appeared online in Nature Chemistry! We made it to many news outlets, including The Harvard Gazette and The Crimson. The Press section of the website contains many more links to news articles. A News and Views article entitled “Quantum Computing: Chemistry by Photons” by Ken Brown is on the same issue and is a great introduction.
- December 16, 2009 Our paper on Time-dependent density functional theory for open quantum systems was accepted in Physical Review Letters! Congratulations Joel, Cesar and David.
- November 2, 2009 We welcome Johannes Hachmann. He is joining us from the group of Garnet Chan (Cornell) and will be working with us in the Clean Energy Project. Welcome Johannes!
- August 22, 2009 Roel Sanchez-Carrera just won the prestigious CINF-FIZ award at ACS!. Congratulations ROEL! Here is the information: The winner of this year’s CINF-FIZ Scholarship for Scientific Excellence has been selected. The jury selected Roel S. Sanchez-Carrera of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts based on the work he submitted. The application deadline for the scholarship competition for the jointly sponsored award from FIZ CHEMIE and the ACS (CINF) was March 20, 2009. Each year, young scientists can apply by the deadline, submitting an abstract and poster of their work in the field of chemical information and related sciences. The scholarship award is in the amount of $1,000 and will be presented to Mr. Sanchez-Carrera as part of the ceremonies for the ACS fall meeting in Washington DC on August 17, 2009. We would like to congratulate and thank all the competitors for the numerous projects submitted.
- August 7, 2009 Our paper on On the chemical bonding effects in the Raman response: Benzenethiol adsorbed on silver clusters was just accepted by Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics .
- July 10, 2009 Alan just got awarded the DARPA Young Faculty Award.
- June 30, 2009 Congratulations to Ivan Kassal for obtaining a best poster award at the International Conference of Quantum Chemistry, held in Helsinki, Finland. Ivan’s poster is entitled “Quantum Information for Chemistry”.
- June 24, 2009 Our papers on the Role of Quantum Coherence and Environmental Fluctuations in Chromophoric Energy Transport and Multiple coherent states for semi-classical dynamics have appeared online. One of them in ASAP format and the other with the full reference.
- June 24, 2009 We posted the first version of our SCIGPU-MGEMM CUDA matrix chopper library online at our scigpu.org website. G A paper submission by the GPU team is soon to follow.
- June 24, 2009 Our paper Quantum Process Estimation via Generic Two-Body Correlations was posted in the arXiv e-print server last week and submitted for publication.
- May 27, 2009 Alejandro Perdomo was awarded the Dudley Herschbach Teaching Award for his work in teaching Chemistry 160. Congratulations to Alejandro!
- May 27, 2009 Our paper with Michele Ceotto and Sule Atahan on Multiple coherent states semi-classical dynamics was accepted today in the Journal of Chemical Physics!
- May 27, 2009 Today Alejandro , Salvador and Alan put up a new version of the Sombrero adiabatic quantum computation paper in the arxiv e-print server. Get it here
- Cesar posted the videoabstract to the paper title Quantum Stochastic Walks and is now available in HD. Go check it out!
- May 18, 2009 We uploaded our paper Quantum stochastic walks: A generalization of classical random walks and quantum walks to the arxiv e-print server. Great job César and James!
- May 18, 2009 Our paper on Preparation of Many Body States for Quantum Simulation was just published online here: Journal of Chemical Physics. 130, 194105 (2009)
- May 18, 2009 Our paper on the Role of Quantum Coherence in Chromophoric Energy Transport has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B!
- May 11, 2009 Our paper on Time-dependent current density functional theory for open quantum systems was just published as an advance online article in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. It was selected as a HOT ARTICLE!
- May 9, 2009 Our paper on First-principles semi-classical dynamics with Michele Ceotto, our great Italian collaborator and amigo appeared online in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics on March 24, 2009. Update: The paper now has a full reference.
- May 8, 2008 We posted our paper Towards quantum chemistry on a quantum computer on the arxiv e-print server. This is a great collaboration with the group of Andrew White in Australia (famous for many things including explaining the vision of shrimp). The Australian side of the effort was spearheaded by Ben Lanyon, whom we still have to meet in person, but of whom we have seen many pictures in Facebook.
- May 5, 2009 Our work was featured in Shtetl Optimized, Scott Aaronson’s blog. Check it out.
- April, 2009 Welcome to postdoctoral researchers Dmitrij Rappoport, Kenta Hongo, and Mark Watson. We also warmly welcome David Tempel, a graduate student who joins us from the Physics department.
- April, 2009 Alejandro Perdomo has been awarded a Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching for fall semester courses. Ivan Kassal and Leslie Vogt were awarded this Teaching Distinction last spring. Congratulations to all!
- April 30, 2009. This week was amazing for the lab. Alan became a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. Also, we found out that the Energy Frontier Research Center for Excitonics will be funded. Our group is a member of this Center.
- April 30, 2009 The webserver is back up in its new home! Thanks to the great team of FAS Research computing for their great effort in moving the server.
- April 24, 2009 Alan was interviewed in The Sceptical Chymist, a Nature.com blog.
- March 31, 2009 A new video of Alan talking about the Clean Energy project. appeared in the IBM World Community Grid website: Watch it here.
- March, 2009 Our paper Time-Dependent Current Density Functional Theory for Generalized Open Quantum Systems was accepted by the journal Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, and chosen as a Hot Article! Congratulations to Joel and Cesar.
- March 4, 2008 Our paper First-Principles Semiclassical Initial Value Representation Molecular Dynamics was accepted for publication in the journal “Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics”!
- March 3, 2009 Our paper Environment-Assisted Quantum Transport was just published!
- Feb 16, 2009 Alan was just listed as a 2009 Sloan Research Fellow. We thank the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their support.
- Feb 2, 2008 Our Paper on “Environment-Assisted Quantum Transport” was just accepted in the New Journal of Physics! Great news. Also, we were mentioned in the cover article of Discover magazine for this work on quantum effects in photosynthetic complexes. We will add a “Press” section to list our press appearances in this website soon.
- December 7, 2008. The Clean Energy Project has been covered by the Financial Times.
- Dec 5, 2008 We launched today our Distributed computing project , the Clean Energy Project on IBM’s World Community Grid Please sign up and help us find new renewable energy materials!
- Nov 20, 2008 Our group made it to the Harvard Gazette!. Here are the links to the news: Harvard Gazette, Eurekalert, Science Daily.
- Nov 17, 2008 Our paper on quantum dynamics on a quantum computer was accepted by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper will appear online next week, and a press release is going to come out from Harvard this Thursday!
- Nov 6, 2008 Our Paper on Environment-assisted quantum walks in Photosynthetic complexes was published online in the Journal of Chemical Physics!
- October 15, 2008 One of our papers was just accepted in a great journal. More later. Great news.
- Oct 2, 2008 We have been awarded an NSF CDI (Cyberdiscovery Inititiative) award to develop the concept of scalable heterogeneous computing! In particular, we are going to work on the use of video graphics cards for electronic structure calculations. This project is in collaboration with Lincoln Greenhill (Center for Astronomy) and Hanspeter Pfister (SEAS and Initiative in Innovative Computing). We are setting up a website for the collaboration, stay tuned!
- Sep 23, 2008 Our paper on environment-assisted quantum walks was accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics.
- Sep 23, 2008 We welcome Roel Sigifredo Sanchez-Carrera as a new postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory, holding a Mary Fieser Postdoctoral Fellowship award . Welcome Roel!
- August 25, 2008 We welcome Anna Shin as our new laboratory administrator! Welcome Anna!
- August 4, 2008 We welcome Cesar A. Rodríguez-Rosario as our new group member. César comes from the group of E. C. G. Sudarshan! Welcome, César.
- August 4, 2008 Talk about interdisciplinary research. Our article on On the construction of model Hamiltonians for adiabatic quantum computing and its application to finding low energy conformations of lattice protein models was published in Physical Review A, 78, 012320 (2008) and then subsequently selected for three virtual journals! The Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, Vol 16, Issue 2, (2008), the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information, Volume 8, Issue 7 (2008), and the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology, Volume 18, Issue 4 (2008)
- August 1, 2008 We welcome Dr. Semion Saikin as the new postdoctoral fellow of the group.
- Jul 17, 2008 A press release on our work on Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy was released by Harvard SEAS.
- July 12, 2008 Alan Spoke at the CTTC V conference in Cracow, Poland, and will speak at the American Conference of Theoretical Chemistry next week.
- July 12, 2008 Our paper on Environment Assisted Quantum Transport just appeard on the Arxiv e-print server.
- July 12, 2008 Our paper on Adiabatic quantum computation for protein folding was just published in Phys. Rev. A!
- July 4, 2008 We have two new papers in the arxiv e-print server: The Role of Quantum Coherence in the Chromophoric Energy Transfer Efficiency and Sombrero adiabatic quantum computation. In the first paper, we theoretically quantify the role of coherence in the recent experiments of Engel and Fleming in the Fenna-Mathews-Olson complex. The second paper introduces a new approach for carrying out adiabatic quantum computing when partial information of the problem might be available via a classical algorithm.
- July 4, 2008 Our GPGPU paper is the sixth-most accessed paper in Journal of Physical Chemistry A in Jamuary-March, 2008!
- July 1st, 2008 Semion Saikin will join us to work in our Fundamentals of Surface-Enhanced Raman project. This project is a DARPA-funded effort in collaboration with Professors Ken Crozier (SEAS) and Eric Mazur (SEAS)> We are excited of having Semion with us starating in August 2008!
- Jun 16, 2008 A summary of Alan’s two recent talks at UNAM (one about research and one about his perspectives on Chemistry) was published in the Gaceta de la Facultad de Química. Click to download.
- June 16 and 17, 2008 Alán will participate at the 2008 Computational Mathematics and Electronic Structure Worshop held at Urbana-Champaign.
- June 11, 2008 Our paper on obtaining molecular spectra using quantum computers by Huang, Kais, Aspuru-Guzik and Hoffman was accepted for publication in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
- June 10, 2008 We look forward to receiving Cesar Rodriguez from the University of Texas and Roel Sigifredo Sanchez-Carrera from Georgia Tech as Mary Fieser Postdoctoral Fellows in July 1st and September 1st respectively!
- June 10, 2008 Roberto Olivares Amaya was awarded a travel award from MCC (UIUC) to attend the summer school on TDDFT at Benasque, Spain.
- Jun 9, 2007 Our paper on adiabatic quantum computation for protein folding was accepted by Physical Review A . Hopefully it appears in print soon!
- May 30, 2008 Our paper in the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy about Thai pigments was just published online.
- May, 2008 We received a gift from Microsoft Research of 50,000 towards our research. Thank you, Microsoft!
- May, 2008 Leslie Vogt was awarded the Dudley Herschbach Teaching Award!! Congratulations Leslie!
- April, 2008 We begin April, 2008 with many happy successes:
- Leslie Vogt obtained an NSF graduate fellowship
- Masoud Mohseni got an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship
- Alejandro Perdomo obtained an outstanding teaching fellow award.
- Our paper in Physical Review A, “Direct Estimation of single and two qubit Hamiltonians” was accepted for publication!
- We will begin work on Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy under sponsorship from DARPA really soon!
- March, 2008 The GPGPU conference that we organized with RIKEN was a success. Go to the site
- March, 2008 We await the arrival of Ville Bergholm from Finland as a new postdoctoral researcher.
- March, 2008 We welcome Sangwoo Shim, Roberto Olivares and Joel Yuen as the next generation of Aspuru-Guzik Jedi intellectual warriors.
- Feb 20, 2008 Many different talks: In 2008, Alan gave talks at UIUC, UCSB, UNM and Los Alamos National Laboratory , and Roberto and Leslie gave talks at CONSOL 2008 the Mexican Open source conference in Mexico City.
- Feb 19, 2008: We made it into the GPGPU.org website!
- January 28, 2007: The paper “Accelerating Resolution-of-the-Identity Second Order Moller-Plesset Calculations with Graphical Processing Units” has been published online at JPC A. For more info., see Publications
- Nov. 1, 2007 We welcome Joel Yuen as a rotation student. Our paper on the acceleration of quantum chemistry calculations using general-purpose graphics cards was accepted in JPC A.
- September 10, 2007 We welcome Sangwoo Shim as a rotation student.
- September 6th, 2007 Alan gave the Physical Chemistry seminar at the Chemistry department of Georgia Tech .
- Summer Presentations: This summer, Alan gave presentations at the Mexican summer school of quantum compuation, the Towler Institute Conference in Quantum Monte Carlo in Vallico Soto, Italy, and at the Quantum Monte Carlo conference in CECAM, Lyon, France.
- August 20-23 2007 ACS Meeting in Boston, MAPlease come and see our 8 posters and two talks at the ACS meeting!
- Does Nature perform quantum algorithms?Masoud Mohseni(1), Ivan Kassal(1), Patrick Rebentrost(1), Ali Najmaie(1), and Alán Aspuru-Guzik (1), (1) Harvard University
- Air-stable, high performance, rigid thiophene-derivative organic semiconductors Joshua Schrier (1), Sule Atahan (2), Lin-Wang Wang(2), and Alán Aspuru-Guzik(2),(1) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2) Harvard University
- Using Web 2.0 in a student-centered approach to teach quantum mechanics to graduate studentsThomas A. Baker(1) and Alán Aspuru-Guzik(1), (1) Harvard University.
- Quantum dynamics on quantum computers,Ivan Kassal(1), and Alán Aspuru-Guzik(1), (1) Harvard University.
- The role of quantum coherence to energy transfer efficiency in molecular systems: Characterization, simulation, and control,Masoud Mohseni(1) and Alán Aspuru-Guzik(1), (1) Harvard University.
- Punching holes in density functional theory: Toward a novel nonlocal exchange-correlation functional,Leslie Vogt(1), Ali Najmaie(1), Carlos Amador-Bedolla(1), and Alán Aspuru-Guzik(1), (1) Harvard University.
- Molecular power spectra from ab initio semiclassical dynamics, Michele Ceotto(1), Sule Atahan(2), and Alán Aspuru-Guzik(2), (1) University of Milan, Italy. (2) Harvard University.
- Simulated second-quantized time evolution for molecular electronic structure with quantum computersJames D. Whitfield(1), Masoud Mohseni(1), and Alán Aspuru-Guzik(1), (1) Harvard University.
- Electron pair localization function: Toward a theoretical electrophilicity scale for Theoretical Chemistry,Department of Chemistry, Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720, and Alán Aspuru-Guzik, firstname.lastname@example.org, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138.
- Electronic and optical properties of nanostructures: (1) Optics of biosensing nanostructures; (2) Non-local density functional theoryDepartment of Physics and Institute for Optical Science, University of Toronto, 60 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A7, and Alán Aspuru-Guzik, email@example.com, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138. Optical schemes …
- Summer of 2007 So many things happened. Expand this section later.
- June, 2007 Joshua Schrier (LBL), Sule and Alan submit a paper about a novel material for organic field effect transistor applications.
- June 10, 2007: We welcome Patrick Rebentrost, Sean Kermes, Justin Bae and Evan Thatcher as summer researchers in the laboratory!
- May 19, 2007 We welcome our summer visitor, Jacob Biamonte, formerly with D-Wave Systems and a future Oxford graduate student. He will be working with us on quantum simulation and quantum computation until October.
- May 19, 2007: A couple manuscripts are in preparation and others are in the works for the summer.
- May 1st, 2007 A feature article about our group appeared on the Gaceta UNAM, the newspaper of the Autonomous University of Mexico. It can be downloaded here.
- April 25, 2007 Alan presented the P-Chem Physical Chemistry Seminar at Purdue University.
- March 14, 2007 Alan gave a 2-hour tutorial at the Greater Boston Theoretical Chemistry Lecture series.
- March 8, 2007 Michael Wan accepts RISE Fellowship to be an intern in Berlin this summer. He will be working with Jorge Numata. Congratulations Michael!
- February 14, 2007 James Whitfield delivered a keynote presentation on Scientific Programming with Python at the 2007 Mexican Open Source conference!
- February 13, 2007 Alan attends the announcement of D-Wave systems‘s 16 quantum bit device. He appears on their video. Click here to watch Alan
- January 22-28, 2007 Alan gives a lecture series on quantum Monte Carlo and one on quantum Computing at the University of Cali, Colombia. He met his new friends and collaborators, Julio Cesar Arce and John Henry Reina. He spent a lot of time at Unicentro.
- January 22, 2007 Bittersweet news: As Ivan Tubert-Brohman leaves, Professor Carlos Amador Bedolla, and Laura Dominguez arrived to the group! Carlos is going to finish Ivan’s secret project, and Laura is going to work with Sule in the Renewable Energy secret project.
- December 15, 2006 The Zori code is available for download (version 1.1).
- December 15, 2006 Ivan Kassal, Alejandro Perdomo, Leslie Vogt, and James Whitfield officially joined the group.
- Nov 27, 2006 Alan gives a talk at the quantum information science seiminar at M.I.T. at 4.00 PM. in 26-214.
- Nov 1, 2006 The first paper from the group was submitted. A collaboration with Professor Carlos Amador-Bedolla and Jose Alfredo Vázquez from UNAM, and Romelia Salomón and William Lester from UC Berkeley led to the development of a method for gauging the chemical reactivity of nitrogen lone-pairs.
- Nov 1, 2006 Ali Najmaie arrived to Boston.
- Oct 30, 2006 Masoud Mohseni started working in the group!
- Sep 25, 2006, 1.00 PM Alan will speak at the Group meeting of Farhi group at MIT about quantum emulation.
- Sep 15, 2006 We welcome our rotation students: Ivan Kassal, Alejandro Perdomo and Leslie Vogt.
- Sep 7, 2006 We became part of the Harvard Center for the Environment.
- Aug 25, 2006 The clandestino cluster completed its first 40-way calculation.
- Aug 18, 2006 Kinga Partyka officially became the first graduate from the group. She finished her summer research under the Research Experience for Undergraduates program here at Harvard. She worked on the quantum phase estimation of eigenvalues of quantum dot model systems. We collaborated with Michael Stopa, from the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS).
- Aug 9, 2006 Dr. Ivan Tubert-Brohman arrived to the group as a postdoctoral reseracher. He was formerly a student of William Jorgensen at Yale. He began his studies right away, and populated his shelves with precious food items such as TLC crackers and Progresso pasta soup.
- Aug 9, 2006 5.30 PM Alan will speak at Pracqsys 2006. Thanks to Navin Khaneja for the invitation.
- Aug 18, 2006 Alan will speak at the “CONSOL 2006“:(http://www.consol.org.mx) conference in Mexico City, Mexico.
- Aug 1, 2006: The Aspuru-Guzik group members will be attending the Pracqsys 2006 workshop held here at Harvard.
- Jul 26, 2006: The cluster will arrive next week. Angstrom Microsystems will provide a free cooling system for us. The internal group wiki site is up.
- July 23, 2006 Our dual-core AMD desktops with 19″ wide-screen monitors arrived. James and Alan installed Ubuntu 6.06 on them, and have developed an automatic update-installation system. Room M110 is looking cozy, and both of our printers tijuana and tuxtla are working fine. Our cluster, clandestino, is expected to arrive next Wednesday.
- July 15, 2006: Amir Salihefendic has exponentially improved our web design. He is the author of the Skeletonz CMS framework that we use, and volunteered to port a TextPattern theme to Skeletonz. Thank you Amir!
- Jul 14, 2006: A warm welcome to James Whitfield, who arrived to the group directly after landing in Boston. After getting settled, Alan and James headed for the Friday keg to celebrate.
- July 12, 2006: We received a donation of a Sun Microsystems Opteron workstation that serves as our main group server. Thank you, Sun Microsystems.
- July 1st, 2006: We are excited to welcome Kinga Partyka. Kinga is an undergraduate from Rutgers University who will be working both with Michael Stopa from Physics and with our group this summer.
- July 1st, 2006: Began operations. The group began its existance on July 1st, 2006. We are in the process of setting up the lab. For example, we ordered our computer cluster (which will be named “Clandestino”) from Angstrom Microsystems, located in the Boston Area.