Kassal Group

Quantum dynamics in complex chemical systems

Our Research

We develop new theoretical tools for simulating the movement of energy and charge in disordered or dissipative materials, as well as their interaction with light. We apply our techniques to both next-generation materials and biological systems, with the aim of developing design principles for improving solar energy conversion. For calculations that are too hard for existing supercomputers, we create new methods that use quantum computers.

Energy and charge transport

We develop new methods to better understand how charge and energy move in molecular systems, including photosynthetic complexes, where we have shown quantum effects play a role.

Organic electronics

Organic semiconductors promise clean solar energy and lightweight electronic devices, and we are unravelling how they work and how to improve them.

Coherent light harvesting

Harvesting solar energy is about light interacting with matter, and we are showing how coherent aspects of this interaction can be used to improve efficiencies.

Quantum simulation

Simulating quantum chemistry and physics is difficult for ordinary computers, so we are developing a full suite of methods to do it efficiently on quantum computers.

Group News

Dec 2021

Congratulations to Dan, whose paper on delocalised charge transport has won the Best Student Publication award from the Centre for Exciton Science

Dec 2021

Welcome Liam, who joins us as a Sydney Quantum Academy summer student

Dec 2021

Our collaboration with the Quantum Control Lab on simulating chemical reactions on quantum computers has been named the Project of the Year by the Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems

Dec 2021

Congratulations to Jacob for completing his Honours project and winning the University Medal 🏅

Oct 2021

Welcome Vanessa and Adesh, who join us for their PhDs as SQA scholarship winners

Aug 2021

Welcome Justin, who joins us for an undergraduate research project

Jul 2021

Ivan is awarded the 2020 RACI Physical Chemistry Division Lectureship