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Call for Papers: Physical Chemistry of Quantum Information Science

The Journal of Physical Chemistry A will publish a Virtual Special Issue on “Physical Chemistry of Quantum Information Science” led by Guest Editors Artur Izmaylov (University of Toronto), Tanya Zelevinsky (Columbia University), and Prineha Narang (UCLA).

Together they encourage researchers to submit their new and unpublished work by February 28, 2023.

Research areas of particular interest include:

  • Theoretical and computational quantum information science with molecular systems
  • Experimental quantum information architectures with molecular systems
  • Cold and ultracold chemistry
  • Quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, and statistical mechanics
  • Open quantum systems implemented with molecules
  • Quantum optics with molecules
  • Cavity control of molecular qubits
  • Correlated molecular quantum matter
  • Entanglement measures for molecular qubits
  • New spectroscopies of molecular qubits
  • Predictions of molecular quantum devices, including quantum embedding

In conceiving this Virtual Special Issue, the Guest Editors were inspired by some recent exciting innovations and discoveries, including:

  • The control of molecular quantum states has gained a lot of ground since the rapid advances in ultracold molecular gas creation in the past decade as well as the development of advanced molecular beam techniques. This permits detailed studies of collisions and chemical reactions in the fully quantum regime, including detection of product state distributions and intermediate complexes.
  • Diatomic and even larger molecules are now sufficiently well controlled to provide a viable platform for implementing quantum information protocols. The experimental platforms include individual control of molecules in optical tweezers and many-body interactions in various optical lattice geometries.
  • Quantum computing is a promising area of algorithm development for improving the accuracy of classical computations for challenging chemical problems that deal with strongly correlated systems. This includes developments for chemical problems assuming the use of both near-term and future fault-tolerant quantum devices.
  • Chemical approaches present distinct advantages for quantum information science by advancing the use of precisely controlled molecules as quantum bits (qubits). Theoretical and experimental approaches to elucidate and design robust molecular assemblies of novel chiral synthetic molecules, optimized for long spin-coherence times are of interest.

Submission Instructions

The review process for all submissions for this Virtual Special Issue will be handled by The Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C Senior Editor Anastassia Alexandrova.

To ensure an unbiased peer review process, the Journal asks that you do not indicate within your manuscript that the submission is intended for the Virtual Special Issue. If you do, your manuscript will be returned for correction. Instead, when you submit your manuscript, please indicate this on your cover letter and note what part and section you feel will be the best fit. You can find a complete list of sections and other important information for authors in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A Author Guidelines.

As with all submissions to The Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C, your manuscript should represent a rigorous scientific report of original research, as it will be peer reviewed as a regular article. Manuscripts are expected to provide new physical insight and/or present new theoretical or computational methods of broad interest.

Contribute to this Virtual Special Issue

If you are unsure if your research is within the Virtual Special Issue’s scope or have other questions about submitting a manuscript to this Virtual Special Issue, please email The Journal of Physical Chemistry A’s Deputy Editor T. Daniel Crawford’s office at

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