Monday, 5 October 2020

Grant recipient:
Peter Lodahl, Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Project title:
Solid-state quantum simulators for biochemistry (Solid-Q)

Co-applicants:
Jesper Nygård, Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Anders S. Sørensen, Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Ferdinand Kuemmeth, Associate Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Gemma C. Solomon; Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

Brief description:
The project is based on using and integrating two types of quantum simulation hardware to perform quantum mechanical calculations related to complex biomolecules.

“Our starting-point is new quantum hardware, which we have developed through decades of dedicated basic research. Today, these quantum building blocks are good enough that we can scale up and address complex chemical problems. This requires an interdisciplinary team, and we are very pleased to gather leading research groups in Denmark in Solid-Q. We hope to be able to design and fabricate quantum simulators that will help us to understand and optimize protein-folding problems or energy transport in photosynthesis, which will open new perspectives for developing drugs or energy-efficient materials. I am very grateful that the Novo Nordisk Foundation has decided to invest heavily in this field, which hopefully in the long term will also lead to new business opportunities in Denmark,” says Peter Lodahl, who is receiving DKK 60 million for his research.