Harvard University is amongst the most prestigious universities in the world. It was founded in 1636 and the Chemistry and Chemical Biology department has housed seven Nobel laureates throughout the years. The Chemistry and Chemical Biology department is an outstanding place to conduct theoretical research because of the faculty and computational resources of Research Computing.
The Aspuru-Guzik group at Harvard conceived of and implemented the Clean Energy Project (CEP). It is a theory-driven search for the next generation of organic solar cell materials. CEP has established an automated, high-throughput, in silico framework to study potential candidate structures for organic photovoltaics. Research Computing (RC) features 60,000 CPUs and 15PBs of storage and a multitude of linked programs that facilitate discovery.
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik is currently Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, where he started his independent career in 2006, promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and Full Professor in 2013.
Alán received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1999. He received the Gabino Barreda Medal from UNAM, which prizes the top achiever in each field of study. After receiving his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, under Professor William A. Lester, Jr., he was a postdoctoral scholar in the group of Martin Head-Gordon at UC Berkeley from 2005-2006.
Professor Aspuru-Guzik carries out research at the interface of quantum information and chemistry. In particular, he is interested in the use of quantum computers and dedicated quantum simulators for chemical systems. He has studied the role of quantum coherence in excitonic energy transfer in photosynthetic complexes. He carries out research in the high-throughput search of organic materials, especially organic semiconductors, photovoltaics, organic batteries and organic light-emitting diodes.
In 2009, Professor Aspuru-Guzik received the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award and the Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the Everett-Mendelsson Graduate Mentoring Award and received the HP Outstanding Junior Faculty award by the Computers in Chemistry division of the American Chemical Society. In the same year, he was selected as a Top Innovator Under 35 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review magazine. In 2012, he was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2013, he received the ACS Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry. He is associate editor of the journal Chemical Science.
Dr. Steven A. Lopez
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Energy EERE Postdoctoral Fellow
Steven Lopez is a Department of Energy EERE postdoctoral fellow in the Aspuru-Guzik group at Harvard University and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Clean Energy Project. The in silico high-throughput approach to discover potential non-fullerene acceptor materials for organic photovoltaics is assisted by World Community Grid. He completed his PhD in computational organic chemistry in the Houk group (UCLA), and holds a Chemistry BS from New York University.