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Everything quantum, a
quantum of everything

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Unbeknownst to many, quantum theory lies at the heart of many phenomema and processes we encounter on a daily basis. It explains why matter does not collapse into a degenerate singularity but sometimes organises in beautiful crystal structures. It tells you why a permanent magnet exists. It brushes the sky blue. It folds the vital proteins in your cell and keeps you alive. It encodes the color of your eyes. It transmits the signals in your smart phone. It is everywhere, and this is a curse and a blessing at the same time.

It is a curse because quantum theory is exponentially difficult compared to what we have ever perceived in our classical world. To quote Paul Dirac,one of the founding fathers of quantum theory, with his visionary words from 1922

"The fundamental laws necessary for the mathematical treatment of large parts of physics and the whole of chemistry are thus fully known, and the difficulty lies only in the fact that application of these laws leads to equations that are too complex to be solved."

It is also a blessing because our understanding of quantum mechanics in this era is still so limited that we can only start to grasp the vast possibilities in science, technology, and even medicine it has in store for us.

My research objective is to defy the exponential problem, in order to explain, understand and ultimately predict the quantum structure of small finite-sized quantum many-body systems like molecules, nanomaterials, etc

My interests are pretty much delocalized over