Dr Ivan Kassal

Senior Lecturer and Westpac Research Fellow

Ivan Kassal is a theorist working at the intersection of quantum science, chemistry, biophysics, and materials science. He pioneered some of the first applications of quantum computers to chemistry, showing they could dramatically accelerate difficult chemical calculations. He has also unravelled ways that photosynthetic organisms improve their light harvesting, and is using those lessons to better understand next-generation excitonic materials, especially organic solar cells. 

PhD Chemical Physics, Harvard University, 2010
BS Chemistry / BA Philosophy, Stanford University 2006
Centre Research Themes: 
1. Excitonic Systems for Solar Energy Conversion
2. Control of Excitons