Nov 18, 2021
Professor Anastassia Alexandrova
Class project results in an ACS Virtual Issue and an editorial published in The Journals of Physical Chemistry A/B/C and The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.  
 
The ACS Virtual Issue publication, titled “Recent Innovations in Solid-State and Molecular Qubits for Quantum Information Applications”, began as a project for Professor Anastassia Alexandrova’s (pictured above) Winter 2020 Methods of Materials Chemistry: Synthesis, Characterization, Physical Properties, Applications, and Devices seminar course (Chem 249A), and has since been selected to appear in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters; The Journal of Physical Chemistry A: Molecules, Clusters, and Aerosols; The Journal of Physical Chemistry B: Biophysics, Biomaterials, Liquids, and Soft Matter; and The Journal of Physical Chemistry C: Energy, Materials, and Catalysis.
 
As an assignment for the class, the graduate students in groups of 4-6, created a themed compilation of The Journal of Physical Chemistry (JPC) articles, as well as other Amercian Chemical Society (ACS) articles, into a virtual issue, with an introduction written by the students. “My classmates and I were asked to read and compile papers on a given topic as a project for the class and then write an introduction discussing their impact on the field,” said lead author theoretical and computational chemistry graduate student Rob Lavroff. 
 
As qubit research spans all areas of physical chemistry, the editorial was co-published in all four physical chemistry journals to ensure broad dissemination to a wide audience. 
 
The graduate student authors – Rob Lavroff (Alexandrova group), Doran Pennington (Tolbert group), Ash Sueh Hua, Barry Yangtao Li, Jillian Williams (Caram group).
 
“Of the three topics covered by the class, this present one is the first that I chose to submit for actual publication“ said Alexandrova. “The topic of this Virtual Issue is very timely. In fact, we submitted our VI only to the Journal of Physical Chemistry C, but all parts of the journal decided to republish it, which was very exciting” adds Alexandrova. In this way, the VI can reach a much wider audience.
 
Chem 249A focusses on materials chemistry and is designed for first-year graduate students to teach advanced problem-solving skills and critical thinking, as well as critical literature analysis in the fields from adjacent to students’ immediate areas of expertise. Also explored are how materials are synthesized and characterized and it includes a discussion of important physical properties, as well as broad range of applications and behavior in devices.
 
The journal posted about the virtual issue on social media:
 
 
According to the ACS Publications website, ACS works with editors to create online collections of previously published research on areas of current scientific interest. The Virtual Collections, which include both Virtual Issues and Thematic Collections, are designed not only for experienced investigators but also as a tool to teach students about the diverse areas of the chemical sciences. 
 
Below are the links to the four editorials that resulted from the class project:
 
Recent Innovations in Solid-State and Molecular Qubits for Quantum Information ApplicationsJ. Phys. Chem. Lett.  Robert H. Lavroff, Doran L. Pennington, Ash Sueh Hua, Barry Yangtao Li, Jillian A. Williams, and Anastassia N. Alexandrova*.
 
Recent Innovations in Solid-State and Molecular Qubits for Quantum Information Applications - J. Phys. Chem. A. Robert H. Lavroff, Doran L. Pennington, Ash Sueh Hua, Barry Yangtao Li, Jillian A. Williams, and Anastassia N. Alexandrova*.
 
Recent Innovations in Solid-State and Molecular Qubits for Quantum Information Applications - J. Phys. Chem. B.  Robert H. Lavroff, Doran L. Pennington, Ash Sueh Hua, Barry Yangtao Li, Jillian A. Williams, and Anastassia N. Alexandrova*.
 
Recent Innovations in Solid-State and Molecular Qubits for Quantum Information Applications - J. Phys. Chem. C. - Robert H. Lavroff, Doran L. Pennington, Ash Sueh Hua, Barry Yangtao Li, Jillian A. Williams, and Anastassia N. Alexandrova*.
 
 
 
Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.