Professor Alan Aspuru-Guzik joins as Editor-in-Chief

Professor Alan Aspuru-Guzik joins as Editor-in-Chief

Digital Discovery will cover the application of machine learning to solve scientific problems, so will be home to groundbreaking computational research from the areas of chemistry, biology, physics, and materials & biomedical sciences.

The journal will be open access with all article processing charges (APCs) waived until mid-2024, to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to publish and read the top papers in this field.

We are honoured to have Professor Aspuru-Guzik leading our Editorial team.


“I am excited to be editor-in-chief of Digital Discovery. In its pages, we aim to capture the top research at the intersection of chemistry, materials science and biotechnology with topics related to machine learning, high-throughput computational and experimental screening in order to accelerate the process of scientific discovery.

“The ‘digital transformation’ of the chemical industry is a huge driver for the twenty-first century and we want Digital Discovery to be the premier venue for papers related to this topic.”



Alán Aspuru-Guzik is a professor of Chemistry and Computer Science at the University of Toronto and is also the Canada 150 Research Chair in Theoretical Chemistry and a Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Vector Institute. He is a CIFAR Lebovic Fellow in the Biologically Inspired Solar Energy program. Alán also holds an Google Industrial Research Chair in Quantum Computing. Alán is the director of the Acceleration Consortium, a University of Toronto-based strategic initiative that aims to gather researchers from industry, government and academia around pre-competitive research topics related to the lab of the future.

Alán began his independent career at Harvard University in 2006 and was a Full Professor at Harvard University from 2013-2018. 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 for accelerating scientific discovery.

Among other recognitions, he received the Google Focused Award for Quantum Computing, the Sloan Research Fellowship, The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, 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.

Alán is editor-in-chief of the journal Digital Discovery as well as co-founder of Zapata Computing and Kebotix.

Professor Aspuru-Guzik is a pioneering leader in the field of machine learning and quantum information.  Read some of his recent publications below.

Beyond generative models: superfast traversal, optimization, novelty, exploration and discovery (STONED) algorithm for molecules using SELFIES
AkshatKumar Nigam, Robert Pollice, Mario Krenn, Gabriel dos Passos Gomes and Alán Aspuru-Guzik
Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 7079-7090

A feasible approach for automatically differentiable unitary coupled-cluster on quantum computers
Jakob S. Kottmann, Abhinav Anand and Alán Aspuru-Guzik
Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 3497-3508
(From the 2021 Chemical Science HOT article collection)


Please join us in welcoming Professor Aspuru-Guzik to Digital Discovery.

Best wishes,

the Editorial team @ Digital Discovery


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