Dr Ivan Kassal

BS BA Stanford, PhD Harvard
Senior Lecturer and Westpac Research Fellow

F11 - Chemistry Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 61 2 8627 5883
Fax 61 2 9351 3329

Website Kassal Group

Biographical details

  • Senior Lecturer and Westpac Research Fellow, University of Sydney, 2017–
  • Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, University of Queensland, 2014–2017
  • UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland, 2011–2014
  • PhD, Chemical Physics, Harvard University, 2010
  • BS, Chemistry, Stanford University, 2006
  • BA, Philosophy, Stanford University, 2006

Research interests

I'm a theoretical chemist interested in

  • Energy and charge transport in disordered materials
  • Photophysics of next-generation solar cells
  • Quantum effects in biological systems, especially photosynthetic complexes
  • Engineering quantum effects into molecular systems
  • Quantum computing and quantum simulation, especially for chemical problems

For more information about research activities and opportunities in my group, please visit our home page.

Selected grants

2017

  • Better solar-energy harvesting using quantum effects; Kassal I; Westpac Bicentennial Foundation/Research Fellowship.

2014

  • Optimising light harvesting using quantum transport; Kassal I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Yuen-Zhou, J., Krich, J., Kassal, I., Johnson, A., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2014). Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Quantum information and wavepackets. Bristol: IOP Publishing. [More Information]

Journals

  • Stolterfoht, M., Shoaee, S., Armin, A., Jin, H., Kassal, I., Jiang, W., Burn, P., Meredith, P. (2017). Electric field and mobility dependent first-order recombination losses in organic solar cells. Advanced Energy Materials, 7(4), 1601379-1-1601379-8. [More Information]
  • Collado-Fregoso, E., Hood, S., Shoaee, S., Schroeder, B., McCulloch, I., Kassal, I., Neher, D., Durrant, J. (2017). Intercalated vs nonintercalated morphologies in donor-acceptor bulk heterojunction solar cells: PBTTT:Fullerence charge generation and recombination revisited. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 8, 4061-4068. [More Information]
  • Kenny, E., Kassal, I. (2016). Benchmarking calculations of excitonic couplings between bacteriochlorophylls. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120(1), 25-32. [More Information]
  • Baghbanzadeh, S., Kassal, I. (2016). Distinguishing the roles of energy funnelling and delocalization in photosynthetic light harvesting. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18(10), 7459-7467. [More Information]
  • Biggerstaff, D., Heilmann, R., Zecevik, A., Grafe, M., Broome, M., Fedrizzi, A., Nolte, S., Szameit, A., White, A., Kassal, I. (2016). Enhancing coherent transport in a photonic network using controllable decoherence. Nature Communications, 7, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Hood, S., Kassal, I. (2016). Entropy and Disorder Enable Charge Separation in Organic Solar Cells. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 7(22), 4495-4500. [More Information]
  • Baghbanzadeh, S., Kassal, I. (2016). Geometry, Supertransfer, and Optimality in the Light Harvesting of Purple Bacteria. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 7(19), 3804-3811. [More Information]
  • Stolterfoht, M., Armin, A., Shoaee, S., Kassal, I., Burn, P., Meredith, P. (2016). Slower carriers limit charge generation in organic semiconductor light-harvesting systems. Nature Communications, 7, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Barz, S., Kassal, I., Ringbauer, M., Ole Lipp, Y., Dakic, B., Aspuru-Guzik, A., Walther, P. (2014). A two-qubit photonic quantum processor and its application to solving systems of linear equations. Scientific Reports, 4, 1-5. [More Information]
  • de Leon-Montiel, R., Kassal, I., Torres, J. (2014). Importance of excitation and trapping conditions in photosynthetic environment-assisted energy transport. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 118(36), 10588-10594. [More Information]
  • Armin, A., Kassal, I., Shaw, P., Hambsch, M., Stolterfoht, M., Lyons, D., Li, J., Shi, Z., Burn, P., Meredith, P. (2014). Spectral Dependence of the Internal Quantum Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells: Effect of Charge Generation Pathways. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(32), 11465-11472. [More Information]
  • Kassal, I., Yuen-Zhou, J., Rahimi-Keshari, S. (2013). Does Coherence Enhance Transport in Photosynthesis? Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 4(3), 362-367. [More Information]
  • Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2012). Environment-assisted quantum transport in ordered systems. New Journal of Physics, 14, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Kitagawa, T., Broome, M., Fedrizzi, A., Rudner, M., Berg, E., Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A., Demler, E., White, A. (2012). Observation of topologically protected bound states in photonic quantum walks. Nature Communications, 3(882), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Kassal, I., Whitfield, J., Perdomo-Ortiz, A., Yung, M., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2011). Simulating chemistry using quantum computers. Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, 62, 185-207. [More Information]
  • Broome, M., Fedrizzi, A., Lanyon, B., Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A., White, A. (2010). Discrete single-photon quantum walks with tunable decoherence. Physical Review Letters, 104, 153602-1-153602-4. [More Information]
  • Lanyon, B., Whitfield, J., Gillett, G., Goggin, M., Almeida, M., Kassal, I., Biamonte, J., Mohseni, M., Powell, B., Barbieri, M., et al (2010). Towards quantum chemistry on a quantum computer. Nature Chemistry, 2, 106-111. [More Information]
  • Rebentrost, P., Mohseni, M., Kassal, I., Lloyd, S., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2009). Environment-assisted quantum transport. New Journal of Physics, 11, 033003-1-033003-12. [More Information]
  • Ward, N., Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2009). Preparation of many-body states for quantum simulation. Journal of Chemical Physics, 130(19), 194105-1-194105-9. [More Information]
  • Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2009). Quantum algorithm for molecular properties and geometry optimization. Journal of Chemical Physics, 131(22), 224102-1-224102-6. [More Information]
  • Eremin, K., Stenger, J., Huang, J., Aspuru-Guzik, A., Betley, T., Vogt, L., Kassal, I., Speakman, S., Khandekar, N. (2008). Examination of pigments on Thai manuscripts: the first identification of copper citrate. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 39(8), 1057-1065. [More Information]
  • Kassal, I., Jordan, S., Love, P., Mohseni, M., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2008). Polynomial-time quantum algorithm for the simulation of chemical dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 105(48), 18681-18686. [More Information]

2017

  • Stolterfoht, M., Shoaee, S., Armin, A., Jin, H., Kassal, I., Jiang, W., Burn, P., Meredith, P. (2017). Electric field and mobility dependent first-order recombination losses in organic solar cells. Advanced Energy Materials, 7(4), 1601379-1-1601379-8. [More Information]
  • Collado-Fregoso, E., Hood, S., Shoaee, S., Schroeder, B., McCulloch, I., Kassal, I., Neher, D., Durrant, J. (2017). Intercalated vs nonintercalated morphologies in donor-acceptor bulk heterojunction solar cells: PBTTT:Fullerence charge generation and recombination revisited. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 8, 4061-4068. [More Information]

2016

  • Kenny, E., Kassal, I. (2016). Benchmarking calculations of excitonic couplings between bacteriochlorophylls. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120(1), 25-32. [More Information]
  • Baghbanzadeh, S., Kassal, I. (2016). Distinguishing the roles of energy funnelling and delocalization in photosynthetic light harvesting. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18(10), 7459-7467. [More Information]
  • Biggerstaff, D., Heilmann, R., Zecevik, A., Grafe, M., Broome, M., Fedrizzi, A., Nolte, S., Szameit, A., White, A., Kassal, I. (2016). Enhancing coherent transport in a photonic network using controllable decoherence. Nature Communications, 7, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Hood, S., Kassal, I. (2016). Entropy and Disorder Enable Charge Separation in Organic Solar Cells. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 7(22), 4495-4500. [More Information]
  • Baghbanzadeh, S., Kassal, I. (2016). Geometry, Supertransfer, and Optimality in the Light Harvesting of Purple Bacteria. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 7(19), 3804-3811. [More Information]
  • Stolterfoht, M., Armin, A., Shoaee, S., Kassal, I., Burn, P., Meredith, P. (2016). Slower carriers limit charge generation in organic semiconductor light-harvesting systems. Nature Communications, 7, 1-7. [More Information]

2014

  • Barz, S., Kassal, I., Ringbauer, M., Ole Lipp, Y., Dakic, B., Aspuru-Guzik, A., Walther, P. (2014). A two-qubit photonic quantum processor and its application to solving systems of linear equations. Scientific Reports, 4, 1-5. [More Information]
  • de Leon-Montiel, R., Kassal, I., Torres, J. (2014). Importance of excitation and trapping conditions in photosynthetic environment-assisted energy transport. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 118(36), 10588-10594. [More Information]
  • Armin, A., Kassal, I., Shaw, P., Hambsch, M., Stolterfoht, M., Lyons, D., Li, J., Shi, Z., Burn, P., Meredith, P. (2014). Spectral Dependence of the Internal Quantum Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells: Effect of Charge Generation Pathways. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(32), 11465-11472. [More Information]
  • Yuen-Zhou, J., Krich, J., Kassal, I., Johnson, A., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2014). Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Quantum information and wavepackets. Bristol: IOP Publishing. [More Information]

2013

  • Kassal, I., Yuen-Zhou, J., Rahimi-Keshari, S. (2013). Does Coherence Enhance Transport in Photosynthesis? Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 4(3), 362-367. [More Information]

2012

  • Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2012). Environment-assisted quantum transport in ordered systems. New Journal of Physics, 14, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Kitagawa, T., Broome, M., Fedrizzi, A., Rudner, M., Berg, E., Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A., Demler, E., White, A. (2012). Observation of topologically protected bound states in photonic quantum walks. Nature Communications, 3(882), 1-7. [More Information]

2011

  • Kassal, I., Whitfield, J., Perdomo-Ortiz, A., Yung, M., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2011). Simulating chemistry using quantum computers. Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, 62, 185-207. [More Information]

2010

  • Broome, M., Fedrizzi, A., Lanyon, B., Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A., White, A. (2010). Discrete single-photon quantum walks with tunable decoherence. Physical Review Letters, 104, 153602-1-153602-4. [More Information]
  • Lanyon, B., Whitfield, J., Gillett, G., Goggin, M., Almeida, M., Kassal, I., Biamonte, J., Mohseni, M., Powell, B., Barbieri, M., et al (2010). Towards quantum chemistry on a quantum computer. Nature Chemistry, 2, 106-111. [More Information]

2009

  • Rebentrost, P., Mohseni, M., Kassal, I., Lloyd, S., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2009). Environment-assisted quantum transport. New Journal of Physics, 11, 033003-1-033003-12. [More Information]
  • Ward, N., Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2009). Preparation of many-body states for quantum simulation. Journal of Chemical Physics, 130(19), 194105-1-194105-9. [More Information]
  • Kassal, I., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2009). Quantum algorithm for molecular properties and geometry optimization. Journal of Chemical Physics, 131(22), 224102-1-224102-6. [More Information]

2008

  • Eremin, K., Stenger, J., Huang, J., Aspuru-Guzik, A., Betley, T., Vogt, L., Kassal, I., Speakman, S., Khandekar, N. (2008). Examination of pigments on Thai manuscripts: the first identification of copper citrate. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 39(8), 1057-1065. [More Information]
  • Kassal, I., Jordan, S., Love, P., Mohseni, M., Aspuru-Guzik, A. (2008). Polynomial-time quantum algorithm for the simulation of chemical dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 105(48), 18681-18686. [More Information]

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