Molecular and Supramolecular Materials: From Light-Harvesting to Quantum Information Science and Technology

Yipeng Zhang, Catrina P. Oberg, Yue Hu, Hongxue Xu, Mengwen Yan, Gregory D. Scholes, Mingfeng Wang

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The past two decades have witnessed immense advances in quantum information technology (QIT), benefited by advances in physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science and engineering. It is intriguing to consider whether these diverse molecular and supramolecular structures and materials, partially inspired by quantum effects as observed in sophisticated biological systems such as light-harvesting complexes in photosynthesis and the magnetic compass of migratory birds, might play a role in future QIT. If so, how? Herein, we review materials and specify the relationship between structures and quantum properties, and we identify the challenges and limitations that have restricted the intersection of QIT and chemical materials. Examples are broken down into two categories: materials for quantum sensing where nonclassical function is observed on the molecular scale and systems where nonclassical phenomena are present due to intermolecular interactions. We discuss challenges for materials chemistry and make comparisons to related systems found in nature. We conclude that if chemical materials become relevant for QIT, they will enable quite new kinds of properties and functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3294-3316
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 28 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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