Alán Aspuru-Guzik
Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science, University of Toronto

Alán Aspuru-Guzik is a professor of chemistry and computer science at the University of Toronto. He is the chief scientific officer and a co-founder of quantum computing startup Zapata Computing. His group works at the interface of theoretical chemistry with physics, computer science, and applied mathematics. In particular, he is interested in approaches that can be disruptive to the field. He develops and apply quantum computer algorithms for applications in the physical sciences such as the simulation of molecules and materials. He also is working towards the acceleration of molecular discovery by the combination of robotics, artificial intelligence, and high-throughput quantum chemistry to create what he calls “materials acceleration platforms” or “self-driving laboratories”. His team is a multidisciplinary team composed of chemists, physicists, computer scientists, etc. working both on theory and experiment.

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