Quantum research

Atom computing raises $15M and launches first-generation quantum computer

July 22, 2021

Illustration of quantum computer

Atom Computing announced its first-generation 100-atom quantum computer on July 21, 2021. (Image courtesty Atom Computing.)

Quantum computing company Atom Computing, co-founded by Jonathan King (Ph.D. '12, ChemE), will base...

Michael Zuerch receives award for quantum electronic and optics research

June 23, 2021

Artist’s impression of the XUV-SHG on a titanium foil.

Illustration: artist’s rendering of the XUV-SHG on a titanium foil. Courtesy of the lab of Michael Zurch.

The College of Chemistry is...

Scientists uncover a process that stands in the way of making quantum dots brighter

March 26, 2021

Atomic scale quantum dot arrays

Atomic scale quantum dot arrays. Illustration courtesy of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Bright semiconductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots give QLED TV screens their vibrant colors. But attempts to increase the intensity of that light generate heat instead, reducing the dots’ light-producing efficiency.

A new...

New $115 Million Quantum Systems Accelerator to Pioneer Quantum Technologies for Discovery Science

August 26, 2020

dilution refrigerator

The Quantum Systems Accelerator will optimize a wide range of advanced qubit technologies available today. Berkeley Lab uses sophisticated dilution refrigerators to cool and operate superconducting quantum processor circuits. (Credit: Thor Swift/Berkeley Lab)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $115 million over five years to the Quantum...

Birgitta Whaley: Finding the quantum in biology

October 28, 2020

Birgitta Whaley, Professor of Chemistry and co-director of the Berkeley Quantum Information and Computation Center, presented this year's endowed G.N. Lewis Lecture at the College of Chemistry. Professor Whaley currently serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She is a foremost expert in the fields of quantum information, quantum physics, molecular quantum mechanics, and quantum biology.

This lecture is given annually in honor of Gilbert Newton Lewis who was the...

Why you should stay single: The scientific benefits of using a single photon

October 8, 2020

Hamburger stack

Like many other labs, Graham Fleming’s group is focusing on interdisciplinary techniques to make new discoveries and explore the mysteries of fundamental processes. Chemistry graduate student Kaydren Orcutt highlights how researchers can combine physics and biology, generating single photons in a bid to unentangle the mysteries of photosynthesis.

The scientists in...

The College welcomes new faculty member Ashok Ajoy

September 24, 2020

Ashok Ajoy

Ashok Ajoy (photo John Fyson)

We are really delighted to welcome Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ashok Ajoy to the College of Chemistry. Ashok most recently held a postdoctoral appointment in the lab of Alex...

Kwabena Bediako joins CIFAR research programs

August 11, 2020

Kwabena Bediako

Kwabena Bediako, the Cupola Era Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, has been announced as a 2020 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar. The program supports...

Quantum expert Birgitta Whaley appointed to White House science advisory council

October 22, 2019

Birgitta Whaley

Birgitta Whaley, a UC Berkeley professor of chemistry and co-director of the Berkeley Quantum Information and Computation Center, has been appointed to the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the White House announced on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Whaley, who is also a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was among seven new advisers, the first PCAST members appointed by President Donald Trump since his inauguration three years ago. Upon signing an executive order this morning launching PCAST, President Trump indicated that he would appoint another nine advisers, for a total of 16.

Meet our faculty: Martin Head-Gordon

October 22, 2019

Martin Head-Gordon

Learn about Martin Head-Gordon, a theoretical chemist at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and a recently elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. He develops electronic structure theory to permit improved calculations of molecules, including the strength of chemical bonds. To better understand how and why bonds form, he also works on energy decomposition analysis (EDA), which gives the value of physically different contributions to chemical bonds.