Professor Alan Aspuru-Guzik joined Harvard University in 2006. He leads the Aspuru-Guzik Research Group, a theoretical physical chemistry group in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Their research focuses on the connections between quantum computation, quantum information, and chemistry; theoretical studies of energy and charge transfer in photosynthetic complexes and renewable energy materials; methods development for electronic structure theory: first-principles methods, density functional theory, and quantum Monte Carlo; and development of the Clean Energy Project, the world’s largest distributed computing project for calculating the properties of candidate molecules for organic solar cells.
Recent Major Honors and Awards:
- 2013 ACS Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry
- 2012 Elected Fellow, American Physical Society
- 2012 Phillips Distinguished Visitor, Haverford College
Before joining Harvard, Prof. Aspuru-Guzik was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (2005-2006). Professor Aspuru-Guzik holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.Sc., in Chemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.