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Löwdin lectures, July 28, 2016

The Committee for Quantum Chemical Löwdin Lectures was established in 1982 to administrate a fund generated by international contributions to honor Per-Olof Löwdin (1916-2000) in association with his retirement at Uppsala University in 1981. The fund was transferred to Uppsala University at the 4th International Quantum Chemistry Congress, Uppsala, June 1982. The purpose of the Löwdin lectures is to stimulate the interest in quantum chemistry by inviting prominent scientists to Uppsala to present their research and to give a general lecture on chemistry.


Prof. So Hirata, 2013 Löwdin Lecturer

So Hirata received B.S. (1994) and M.S. (1996) from University of Tokyo and Ph.D. (1998) from Graduate University for Advanced Studies. Following postdoctoral studies at University of California, Berkeley and University of Florida, he became a Senior Research Scientist (2001-2004) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He had been on the faculty of Quantum Theory Project in University of Florida in 2004-2010 (using the office once occupied by Per-Olov Löwdin) before he became an Alumni Research Scholar Professor of Chemistry (2010) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a Blue Waters Professor. He has published more than 140 journal articles and book chapters and delivered more than 120 invited lectures. Hirata is a recipient of the Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (IAQMS) co-founded by Per-Olov Löwdin, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected member of IAQMS, a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, and a co-author of computational chemistry software Q-CHEM and NWCHEM.

Assocd Prof. Gemma Solomon, 2015 Löwdin Lecturer

Gemma C. Solomon majored in Chemical Physics at the University of Western Australia before moving to the University of Sydney where she completed her BSc(Hons) in 2003, for which she was awarded the University Medal. She received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Sydney where she worked with Prof. Jeffrey Reimers and Prof. Noel Hush. In 2006, she moved to Northwestern University, USA where she was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Mark Ratner until moving to the University of Copenhagen in 2010 to start her independent career as an assistant professor in Chemistry. She received an ERC starting grant in 2010, was  promoted to associate professor in 2012 and received the Sapere Aude grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences in 2013. In 2014, she was awarded the Torkil Holm Prize from the Danish Academy for Technical Sciences in recognition of her research in molecular electronics. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Prof. Alán Aspuru-Guzik, 2016 Löwdin Lecturer

Alán Aspuru-Guzik is currently Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, where he started his independent career in 2006 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2013. Alán received his B.Sc. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1999. He obtained a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, where he also was a postdoctoral scholar from 2005-2006.
Aspuru-Guzik carries out research at the interface of quantum information and chemistry. In particular, he pioneered the development of algorithms and experimental implementations of quantum computers and dedicated quantum simulators for chemical systems. He has studied the role of quantum coherence in excitonic energy transfer in photosynthetic complexes. He has accelerated discovery by means of computation for organic semiconductors, organic photovoltaics, organic batteries and organic light-emitting diodes.
Amongst other recognitions, Aspuru-Guzik has been recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the Sloan Research Fellowship, and was selected as a Top Innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and in 2013 he received the Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.