(AAIMS) Shell has entered a 5-year collaboration with VU Amsterdam and Leiden University to discover how to use quantum computers across Shell’s business. Shell will collaborate with VU Amsterdam and Leiden University on the research and use of quantum computing for computational chemistry which is of great interest to Shell’s fuel retail, chemicals, catalysis and New Energies businesses.
‘As at heoretical chemist I am eager to adopt quantum computing’, says Lucas Visscher, VU professor Theoretical Chemistry, ‘as this provides a unique opportunity to understand what electrons really do in the key reactions of nature.’
Quantum computing has the potential to simulate chemical interactions at a speed and scale fundamentally exceeding what is possible today. Molecules are quantum mechanical systems and solving the underlying equations is impossible on today’s supercomputers for even small molecules without crude approximations. Quantum computing will be a critical enabler to simulate complex chemical systems at industrial scale, such as catalysis in petrochemical operations, or photocatalysis for capturing and storing solar energy.