Mercedes-Benz simulates chemical reaction with Google quantum computer

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Mercedes-Benz, together with its research partner Google, has for the past two years successfully honed the power of quantum computing for chemical simulations that promise to accelerate the development of advanced battery materials and battery systems for future electric vehicles.

In the most recent experiment that teams from both companies jointly performed, Google’s Sycamore quantum processor was used to simulate complex chemical reactions that would stump first-generation quantum machines.

Google’s system was able to successfully pull off the largest chemical simulation performed on a quantum computer to date. Specifically, it calculated the binding energy of large hydrogen chains as well as the energy barrier for molecular restructuring of diazenes.

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