Room 304, Chemistry Building
Professor Sabre Kais
In the early twentieth century, the new field of quantum chemistry was formed by the interaction of chemists, physicists, applied mathematicians and computer scientists. In this talk, I will discuss the creation of a new field from the intersection of modern theoretical physical chemistry with the twenty-first century ideas stemming from the fields of physics and computer science, which are rooted in quantum information theory. Then, I will present applications of the ideas in this field to a) understand the role of quantum information in molecular systems; b) construct quantum algorithms and quantum information processors for chemistry and c) re-envision quantum spectroscopy and control.
In 1989, Prof. Kais received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. After a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard University 1989-1994, he joined the Chemistry Department at Purdue in 1994 as an Assistant Professor. Since 2002, he has been a full professor of Chemical Physics. He received the National Science Foundation Career Award in 1997. He was also awarded the Purdue University Faculty Scholar Award (2004-2009), and the Guggenheim Fellowship Award (2005). In 2007, Prof. Kais was the Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2012, he received the Sigma Xi Research Award. He served as the director of the NSF innovation center, “Quantum Information for Quantum Chemistry (QIQC): from 2010-2013 and now is serving as an External Research Professor at Santa Fe Institute, 2014-2016 and Research Director of Theory, Modeling and Simulation group at QEERI. He has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and served on the editorial board of several chemistry and physics journals.