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

June 2020

Welcome Zach, who join us for an undergraduate research project

May 2020

Congrats to Daniel for winning the best poster prize at HOPV 2020 for his work on partially delocalised charges in organic semiconductors ๐ŸŽ‰

Apr 2020

Our paper on reaction-centre dimerism is among the Most popular 2018-2019 articles in Chemical Science ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Mar 2020

Welcome Ryan, who joins us from the University of Ottawa for a postdoc

Mar 2020

Welcome Celia, Will, and Sasha, who join us for undergraduate research projects

Mar 2020

Congratulations to Daniel for his Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship ๐ŸŽ“

Mar 2020

Ivan receives the Le Fรจvre Medal from the Australian Academy of Science, the top award for early-career Australian chemists