Center for Computing Research (CCR)

Center for Computing Research

Richard P. Muller

Richard P. Muller
Manager, Computing Research
Phone: 505/284-3669
Fax: 505/284-2518

Mailing address:
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS 1318
Albuquerque, NM


Quantum Information

I'm interested in understanding how the structure of molecules or materials affects their behavior. To understand this, I develop methods to model these materials properties more accurately, and apply them to materials that are interesting to me and important to the nation.

I’m currently interested in quantum computing and in arriving at a better understanding of the materials-related issues involved.  I’m currently working with a group of researchers at Sandia to answer some of these fundamental questions.  We’re focusing on solid-state qubits in Silicon, using either electrostatically gated quantum dots, or implanted donor devices.  We’re interested in understanding the requirements to make qubits using such devices, and, given such qubits, what their operations and errors will look like.

We have recently developed the QCAD (quantum dot computer aided design) program, which is a finite element code built atop the Trilinos rapid application development library Albany. The code enables sophisticated 3D semiconductor quantum structures to be modeled to determine how structural changes in the devices lead to different quantum device properties. The code also uses the Dakota optimization library to determine optimal voltages to obtain few-electron dot behavior.




  • Ph.D., Chemistry, California of Technology, 1994
  • B.A., Chemistry, Rice University (cum laude), 1988
  • Visiting Scholar, Oriel College, Oxford University, 1985-1986 


  • 2016-Present, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • 2007- 2016, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • 2003–2007, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories.
  • 1997–2003, Director of Quantum Simulations, Materials and Process Simulations Center, California Institute of Technology.
  • 1994–1997, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Southern California. 

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Gamble, John King, Patrick Harvey-Collard, Noah Tobias Jacobson, Andrew David Baczewski, Erik Nielsen, Leon Maurer, Inès Montaño, Martin Rudolph, Malcolm S. Carroll, C. H. Yang, A. Rossi, A. S. Dzurak, Richard P. Muller, "Valley splitting of single-electron Si MOS quantum dots," Journal Article, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 109, Article No. 253101, Accepted/Published December 2016.
  • Lu, Tzu-Ming, John King Gamble, Richard P. Muller, Erik Nielsen, Donald Thomas Bethke, Gregory A. Ten Eyck, Tammy Pluym, Joel R. Wendt, Jason James Dominguez, Michael Lilly, Malcolm S. Carroll, Michael Wanke, "Fabrication of quantum dots in undoped Si/Si0.8Ge0.2 heterostructures using a single metal-gate layer," Journal Article, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 109, Article No. 093102, Accepted/Published August 2016.
  • Meurer, Aaron, Ondrej Certik, Jason K. Moore, Francesco Bonazzi, Shivam Vats, Amit Kumar, Harsh Gupta, Isuru Fernando, Ashutosh Saboo, Sartaj Singh, Frederik Johansson, Thilina Rathnayaki, Fabian Pedregosa, Anthony Scopatz, Brian Granger, Richard P. Muller, Robert Cimrman, Matthew J. Curry, "Sympy: Symbolic computing in Python," Journal Article, PeerJ, Submitted December 2016.
  • Deng, Jie, Gregory J. Wagner, Richard P. Muller, "Phase field model of solid electrolyte interphase formation in Li-ion batteries.," Journal Article, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 160, p. A487, Accepted/Published January 2013.
  • Gao, Xujiao, Erik Nielsen, Richard P. Muller, Ralph W. Young, Andrew G. Salinger, Nathaniel Bishop, Michael Lilly, Malcolm S. Carroll, "QCAD Simulation and Optimization of Semiconductor Quantum Dots.," Journal Article, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 114, p. 164302, Accepted/Published January 2013.
  • Nguyen, Khoi Thi, Michael Lilly, Erik Nielsen, Nathaniel Bishop, Rajib Rahman, Ralph W. Young, Joel R. Wendt, Jason James Dominguez, Tammy Pluym, Jeffrey Stevens, Tzu-Ming Lu, Richard P. Muller, Malcolm S. Carroll, "Charge-sensed Pauli blockade in a MOS lateral double quantum dot.," Journal Article, Nano Letters, Vol. 13, p. 5785, Accepted/Published January 2013.
  • Nielsen, Erik, Xujiao Gao, Irina Kalashnikova, Richard P. Muller, Andrew G. Salinger, Ralph W. Young, "QCAD Simulation and Optimization of Semiconductor Double Quantum Dots.," SAND Report, September 2013.

Awards & Recognition

  • Muller, Richard P., Xujiao Gao, Irina Kalashnikova, Erik Nielsen, Andrew G. Salinger, Ralph W. Young, Employee Recognition Award, Sandia Team Employee Recognition Award - Quantum Computer Aided Design Team, Sandia National Laboratories, For the development of CAD design and analysis software that accelerates the experimental development of quantum dot-based qubits and nanoelectronics., April 25, 2013.