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

Oct 2022

Congrats to Daniel for winning the Le Fèvre Lectureship of the Sydney University Chemical Society

Oct 2022

Congrats to Ryan for winning the 2022 Miller Prize for the best presentation at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy

Sep 2022

Congrats to Stefano for winning the 2021 School of Chemistry Prize for Outstanding PhD Thesis 🏆

Sep 2022

Welcome Ben, who joins us from the University of York for his Masters project

Jun 2022

Welcome Rokon, who joins us as a postdoctoral research fellow

Jun 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