Shell works with Leiden and VU researchers on quantum computer algorithms for chemistry


Shell cooperates with theoretical physicists and chemists of Leiden University to research how quantum computer algorithms can help simulate complex molecules.

Quantum computing is a revolutionary technology, where the often unintuitive characteristics of quantum mechanics merge with information theory to solve certain specialised computational problems very differently, and possibly much faster, than on computers available today. Computational chemistry is one of those problems. It is of great interest to Shell’s fuel retail, chemicals, catalysis and new energies businesses. Quantum computers of the scale needed for solving complex challenges do not yet exist. Shell has entered a 5-year collaboration with Leiden University and VU Amsterdam to progress this field, and to discover how to use them across Shell’s businesses. Read the article