Monday, 5 October 2020

Matthias Christandl, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Project title:
Quantum for Life

Co-applicants:
Markus Reiher Professor, Dept. Physical Chemistry, ETH Zürich
Eugene Polzik, Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Anders Krogh, Professor, Dept. Biology & Center for Health Data Science, University of Copenhagen

Brief description:
The project aims to develop algorithmic strategies for the quantum simulation of biomolecules and thus enable the researchers to study, for example, long-range electron interactions. To achieve this, the research team will simultaneously develop an experimental quantum simulator platform comprising levitating atoms over a two-dimensional dielectric membrane.

“Electron interactions are crucial in biochemical processes in drug design, such as docking two molecules. Since the interaction is quantum mechanical, it is very difficult to calculate with today’s classical computers and even supercomputers. Quantum computers, in contrast, are naturally suited to tackle such problems. Quantum for Life will develop and use tailor-made quantum algorithms, providing an opportunity to open a new chapter in the computational life sciences in Denmark. With the new centre, I am pleased that the quantum mathematics we are developing can be used to solve important problems related to fundamental biological processes,” says Matthias Christandl, who is receiving DKK 48.6 million for his research.