Kassal Group

Quantum dynamics in complex chemical systems

Our Research

We develop new theoretical tools for simulating the dynamics of light, energy, and charge in disordered or dissipative materials, with the aim of developing design principles for improving solar energy conversion.

For chemical dynamics simulations that are too hard for existing supercomputers, we create new methods that use quantum computers, in order to bring forward the usefulness of next-generation quantum technologies.

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

June 2022

Job alert: Postdoc position on simulating chemical dynamics using quantum computers. Apply by 13 July

May 2022

Congratulations to Ryan, who will be starting as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in Jan 2023

Mar 2022

Job alert: Postdoc position on the theory of disordered functional materials. Apply by 22 April

Feb 2022

Welcome Dev, who joins us for his Honours project

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