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AkzoNobel and Microsoft Take a Quantum Leap to Accelerate Innovation

AkzoNobel and Microsoft have partnered to explore how quantum computing could help accelerate the development of high-performance, more durable paints and coatings.

Scientists from both parties will jointly develop what will effectively be a virtual laboratory. The goal is to conduct experiments using quantum computing and other Microsoft Azure cloud services.

Quantum chemical computing is capable of simulating chemical reactions to an unprecedented level of precision. Together, Microsoft and AkzoNobel will explore how this can help create more advanced and sustainable products through collaborative experimentation and development.

“This is a really exciting partnership that has the potential to be truly game-changing,” said Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s Chief Technology Officer. “We are extremely proud to partner with Microsoft and explore how we can take our digital research to a new dimension. Innovation requires collaboration and it’s a fantastic way for us to keep pushing the boundaries so we can make a lasting, lasting difference for our customers and the planet.

Microsoft’s Azure Quantum Program Emeritus Dr. Matthias Troyer adds, “The promise of quantum computing and other Azure services to accelerate solving chemistry and materials problems – and their associated workloads – is immense. We are thrilled to partner with AkzoNobel to create new value and have world-changing impact. »

Quantum chemistry offers revolutionary industrial applications and possibilities. This could help overcome many of the practical limitations associated with traditional laboratory methods – such as raw material availability, physical equipment capacity constraints, toxicity, and environmental conditions. This could therefore significantly reduce the time needed to find substitute ingredients to make products more sustainable, with new functionalities, or to replace scarce raw materials.

“Combining our pioneering product development background with Microsoft’s expertise in cloud and quantum computing represents another big step forward in digitizing our research,” said Pim Koeckhoven, CTO of the research and development at AkzoNobel.

“Until now, the quality of traditional computer simulations has not been up to the task. Microsoft’s Azure Quantum system gives us incredible opportunities to take our research into an entirely new digital realm and accelerate the development of new catalysts and chemical reactions.