Glenn obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in the surface science group of Prof. Sir David King FRS, working with Prof. Stephen Jenkins on the application of DFT to surface science problems. He then moved to the Technical University of Denmark in 2006 to work in the group of Prof. Jens Norskov where he got his first taste of industrial collaboration and application of theoretical methods to materials design. After joining Johnson Matthey Technology Centre in 2008 was awarded a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship in 2010, which he held jointly between UCL Chemistry Department and Johnson Matthey Technology Centre in the UK. He moved to Pretoria in 2013 to initiate Johnson Matthey Technology Centre’s new modelling laboratory in South Africa, where he was Research Manager until he returned to the UK (2017) to a broader role managing JMTC physical and chemical, core-science modelling effort. For from his academic and industrial contributions, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His interest in quantum computing stems from the need to solve complex quantum mechanical problems in computational chemistry and materials science. Current approaches to these problems leverage classical high-performance computers, quantum computing whilst still a long way of industrial application will open up a new paradigm in how we solve these important problems.
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