Nicolas Sawaya

Nicolas Sawaya

Ph.D. Student
Chemical Physics Program
Harvard University

Office: Cv-B21

Telephone: (619) 850 4653
E-mail: nicolassawaya [at]
Address: 12 Oxford Street, Mailbox 460, Cambridge, MA 02138

  • B.S. Chemistry (Honors), UC San Diego 2011.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, UC San Diego 2011.
  • M.A. Physics, Harvard 2015.

Research Interests
  • Machine learning methods applied to inorganic materials discovery.
  • Noise models and algorithmic development for near-term quantum computers.
  • Algorithmic methods for studying open quantum systems.
  • Parallel software development for graphics processing units (GPUs) and distributed computing.
  • Rational design of excitonic systems using DNA nanotechnology and other nanoscale tools.


NPDS’s Google Scholar page

  1. *Étienne Boulais, *Nicolas P.D. Sawaya, Rémi Veneziano, Alessio Andreoni, Su Lin, Neal Woodbury, Hao Yan, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, and Mark Bathe. Programmed coherent coupling in a DNA-based excitonic circuit. Submitted (2015).
  2. Nicolas P. D. Sawaya, Mikhail Smelyanskiy, Jarrod R. McClean, and Alán Aspuru-Guzik. Error sensitivity to environmental noise in quantum circuits for chemical state preparation. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 12 (2016):3097–3108.
  3. Mikhail Smelyanskiy, Nicolas P. D. Sawaya and Alán Aspuru-Guzik. qHiPSTER: The Quantum High Performance Software Testing Environment. Preprint: arXiv:1601.07195.
  4. Takatoshi Fujita, Sule Atahan, Nicolas Sawaya, and Alán Aspuru-Guzik. Coherent dynamics of mixed Frenkel and Charge Transfer Excitons in Dinaphtho[2,3-b:2′3′-f]thieno[3,2-b]-thiophene Thin Films: The Importance of Hole Delocalization. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 7 (2016):1374–1380.
  5. Nicolas P.D. Sawaya, Joonsuk Huh, Semion K. Saikin, Takatoshi Fujita, and Alán Aspuru-Guzik. Fast Delocalization Leads To Robust Long-Range Excitonic Transfer in a Large Quantum Chlorosome Model. Nano Letters 15, no. 3 (2015): 1722-1729.

* Co-first author