Alán Aspuru-Guzik



  • Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy


  • University of Toronto
Department of Chemistry and Department of Computer Science


  • Canada


PhD (Physical Chemistry), University of California, Berkeley
BSc (Chemistry), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM


Alán Aspuru-Guzik is a professor of Chemistry and Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

He is also the Research Chair of Canada 150 in Theoretical Chemistry. Alán began his independent career at Harvard University in 2006 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2013. He received his B.Sc. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1999 and obtained a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, where he was also a postdoctoral fellow from 2005-2006.

Alán conducts research in the interfaces of quantum information, chemistry, machine learning and chemistry. He was a pioneer in the development of algorithms and experimental implementations of quantum computers and quantum simulators dedicated to chemical systems. He has studied the role of quantum coherence in the transfer of excitonic energy in photosynthetic complexes and has accelerated the discovery by calculating organic semiconductors, organic photovoltaic energy, organic batteries and organic light-emitting diodes. He has worked on molecular representations and generative models for the automatic learning of molecular properties. Currently, Alán is interested in automation and "autonomous" chemical laboratories.

Among other recognitions, he received the Google Focused Award for Quantum Computing, the Sloan Research Fellowship, and was selected as one of the best innovators under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review. He is a member of the American Physical Society and an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received the Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.


Canada 150 Research Chair in Quantum Chemistry

Invited Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Materials, 2016–2018

Member of Defense Science Study Group, 2016–2017

Per-Olov Löwdin Lecturer, Uppsala University, 2016

Lecturer, National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 2016

Fellow, National Security Science and Engineering Faculty, Department of Defense, 2015

EEWS Distinguished Lecturer, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2015

Member of Origins of Life Initiative, Harvard University, 2015

Relevant Publications

Blaskovits, T. et al. "A Study of the Degree of Fluorination in Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene)." Macromolecules 50 (2016):162–74.

Giri, G. et al. "Tuning charge transport in solution-sheared organic semiconductors using lattice strain." Nature, 480, no. 7378 (2011): 504–08.