Homepage of Dr. Enrique (Erik) Blair
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Welcome


Welcome to the homepage of Dr. Erik Blair.
My background includes the following:
 Associate Professor, Baylor University (2021present)
 Assistant Professor, Baylor University (20152021)
 Military Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy (20082010)
 Submarine service, U.S. Navy (20042007)
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Research
Our research interests include:
 Molecular computing using quantumdot cellular automata
 Quantum mechanics
 Open quantum systems
 Quantum computational materials science (HartreeFock, density functional theory, postHartreeFock methods)
Research Topics
Quantumdot Cellular Automata
QCA is a highly interdisciplinary field of research. Electrical engineers, computer engineers, computer scientists, physicists, and chemists all have made significant contributions to the research literature on QCA.
QCA is a paradigm for transistorless logic devices built from elementary devices called “cells.” Cells are structures having multiple quantum dots to localize mobile charge, and classical bits are encoded in the charge configuration of a cell. Cells couple locally to neighboring cells via the electric field, and arrays of cells are arranged to form logic devices. Cells may be implemented using mixedvalence molecules. Molecular devices offer ultrahigh device densities, highspeed operation, and low power dissipation. See the video below for some examples of QCA circuitry at work. Devices like these could revolutionize the electronics industry.
Dr. Blair’s work in QCA has focused on the theory and modeling of power dissipation, electron transfer, and quantum decoherence in molecular QCA. His work includes a demonstration of methods for reducing power density by avoiding the dissipation of bit energies; a calculation of the upper bound for power dissipation in molecular QCA clocking circuitry; and a demonstration that environmentallydriven quantum decoherence stabilizes bits on molecular QCA.
Present work focuses on molecular design using ab initio modeling; devicelevel models of power dissipation; and design of QCA circuits.
 QCA Circuits
See some simulations of QCA circuits in action below.
Select a circuit:  QCA Concept  Videos
Here is a brief introduction to the concept of QCA:
Here is a more indepth introduction to the concept of QCA:
 QCA Device Simulations
See some simulations of dissipative QCA molecules below.
Select a simulation:
Quantum Information Sciences
Quantum computing promises methods to efficiently solve problems very difficult to solve classically. Quantum communication schemes are provably secure. We are using density functional theory (DFT) to explore new ways to implement quantum bits (qubits) in both crystalline materials and molecules. Also, machine learning could be leveraged in the design of these materials and molecules.
The Quantum Mechanics of Smell
QCA is a highly interdisciplinary field of research. Electrical engineers, computer engineers, computer scientists, physicists, and chemists all have made significant contributions to the research literature on QCA.
QCA is a paradigm for transistorless logic devices built from elementary devices called “cells.” Cells are structures having multiple quantum dots to localize mobile charge, and classical bits are encoded in the charge configuration of a cell. Cells couple locally to neighboring cells via the electric field, and arrays of cells are arranged to form logic devices. Cells may be implemented using mixedvalence molecules. Molecular devices offer ultrahigh device densities, highspeed operation, and low power dissipation. See the video below for some examples of QCA circuitry at work. Devices like these could revolutionize the electronics industry.
Dr. Blair’s work in QCA has focused on the theory and modeling of power dissipation, electron transfer, and quantum decoherence in molecular QCA. His work includes a demonstration of methods for reducing power density by avoiding the dissipation of bit energies; a calculation of the upper bound for power dissipation in molecular QCA clocking circuitry; and a demonstration that environmentallydriven quantum decoherence stabilizes bits on molecular QCA.
This could unravel mysteries in the sense of olfaction with a wide range of applications. Such applications lie within the realms of safety and security, health and human performance. Some examples include:
 Safety and security. New and improved electronic noses could be placed in key locations to detect dangerous gasses or other harmful or explosive chemicals. This can improve safety at airports, military installations, and cities.
 Health and human performance. The human olfactory receptor is known to belong to a family of chemical receptors found throughout the human body, many of which are known to play a pivotal role in the body’s response to drugs. Insights gained from this work could transfer to other receptors within the mammalian nervous system and lead to enhanced drug designs and superior drug effectiveness models.
 Global health. A better understanding of olfaction could lead to new ways to mask odors and reduce the spread of vectorborne diseases, especially in the tropics.
Research Team
Current Members
 Yuhui Lu, Ph.D. (scientific consultant)
 Nishat Liza (Ph.D. student)
 Colin Burdine (Ph.D. student)
 DJ Coe (undergraduate researcher)
 Luke McCubbin (undergraduate researcher)
Past Contributors
 Joe Cong (Ph.D., 2022)
 Dylan Murphey (B.Eng., 2023)
 Shengyang Zhou (M.Eng., 2021)
 David Beggs (Comp. Sci., 2020)
 Heath McCabe (B.S., 2019)
 Joe Previti (B.S., 2019)
 Jackson Henry (M.S., 2019)
 Nishat Liza (M.S., 2019)
 Jack Ramsey (B.S., 2018)
Publications
Journal Articles
Year  Journal/Citation  Title  Authors 

2023  Journal of Computational Chemistry. doi: 10.1002/jcc.27247  Ab initio studies of counterion effects in molecular quantumdot cellular automata  N. Liza, DJ. Coe, Y. Lu, and E.P. Blair 
2022  Nanotechnology 33, Vol. 46, pp. 456201. doi: 10.1088/13616528/ac8810 (accepted manuscript)  Designing boronclustercentered zwitterionic Yshaped clocked QCA molecules  N. Liza, Y. Lu, and E.P. Blair 
2022  IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 21, pp. 424433. doi: 10.1109/TNANO.2022.3193123; arXiv  Robust Electricﬁeld Input Circuits for Clocked Molecular Quantumdot Cellular Automata  P. Cong and E.P. Blair 
2022  Journal of Applied Physics 131, 324304. doi: 10.1063/5.0090171  Clocked molecular quantumdot cellular automata circuits tolerate unwanted external electric fields  P. Cong and E.P. Blair 
2021  Nanotechnology, 33 (11), 11501. doi: 10.1088/13616528/ac40c0  Asymmetric, mixedvalence molecules for spectroscopic readout of quantumdot cellular automata  N. Liza, D. Murphey, P. Cong, D.W. Beggs, Y. Lu, and E.P. Blair 
2020  IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 19, 292296. doi: 10.1109/TNANO.2020.2978859; arXiv [PDF]  Tunable, Hardwarebased Quantum Random Number Generation using Coupled Quantum Dots  H. McCabe, S.M. Koziol, G.L. Snider, and E.P. Blair 
2020  Journal of Applied Physics 127, 084303. doi: 10.1063/1.5129175; arXiv [PDF]  NonMarkovian Models of Environmentallydriven Disentanglement in Molecular Charge Qubits  S. Zhou and E.P. Blair 
2019  IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 18, 453460. doi: 10.1109/TNANO.2019.2910823; arXiv [PDF]  Electricfield Inputs for Molecular Quantumdot Cellular Automata Circuits  E.P. Blair 
2019  Journal of Applied Physics 125, 144701. doi: 10.1063/1.5086053; arXiv [PDF]  An Explicit ElectronVibron Model for Olfactory Inelastic Electron Transfer Spectroscopy  N. Liza and E.P. Blair 
2018  Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications 8 (3), 31. doi: 10.3390/jlpea8030031  Clock Topologies for Molecular QuantumDot Cellular Automata  E.P. Blair and C.S. Lent 
2018  Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 30, 195602. doi: 10.1088/1361648X/aab98d; arXiv  Entanglement loss in molecular quantumdot qubits due to interaction with the environment  E.P. Blair, G. Toth, and C.S. Lent 
2018  Journal of Applied Physics 123, 065302. doi: 10.1063/1.5019858 [PDF]  The role of the tunneling matrix element and reorganization energy in the design of quantumdot cellular automata molecules  J. Henry and E.P. Blair 
2017  Journal of Applied Physics 122, 084304. doi: 10.1063/1.4993450 [PDF]  Operatorsum models of quantum decoherence in molecular quantumdot cellular automata  J.S. Ramsey and E.P. Blair 
2016  Journal of Chemical Physics 145, 014307. doi: 10.1063/1.4955113 [PDF]  Electricfielddriven Electrontransfer in MixedValence Molecules  E.P. Blair, S.A. Corcelli, and C.S. Lent 
2013  Journal of Applied Physics 113, 124302. doi: 10.1063/1.4796186 [PDF]  Environmental decoherence stabilizes quantumdot cellular automata  E.P. Blair and C.S. Lent 
2011  Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience 8, 972982. doi: 10.1166/jctn.2011.1777  Signal energy in QCA bit packets  E.P. Blair, M. Liu, and C.S. Lent 
2009  Journal of Computational Electronics 9, 4955. doi: 10.1007/s1082500903040 [PDF]  Power dissipation in clocking wires for clocked molecular quantumdot cellular automata  E.P. Blair, E. Yost, and C.S. Lent 
Conference Articles
Conference/Citation  Title  Authors 

Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC 2018), November 79, 2018 (Tysons, Virginia). [PDF]  Electricfield Bit Writein for Clocked Molecular Quantumdot Cellular Automata Circuits  J. Henry, J. Previti, and E.P. Blair 
Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing 2017 (ICRC 2017), November 89, 2017 (Arlington, Virginia). [PDF]  Neuromorphic Computation using Quantumdot Cellular Automata  E.P. Blair and S.M. Koziol 
Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing 2016 (ICRC 2016), October 1719, 2016 (San Diego, California). [PDF]  Molecular Cellular Networks: a nonvon Neumann architecture for Molecular Electronics  C.S. Lent, K.W. Henderson, S.A. Kandel, S.A. Corcelli, G.L Snider, A.O. Orlov, P.M. Kogge, M.T. Niemier, R.C Brown, J.A. Christie, N.A. Wasio, R.C. Quardokus, R.P. Forrest, J.P. Peterson, A. Silski, D.A. Turner, E.P. Blair, and Y. Lu 
2016 American Society for Engineering Education GulfSouthwest Annual Regional Conference, March 816, 2016 (Fort Worth, Texas).  Using Creative Problem Solving to Engage nonelectricalengineering Majors in a Required Circuit Theory Course  E.P. Blair 
Proceedings of the Twelfth IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2012), August 2023, 2012 (Birmingham, UK).  There is no Landauer limit: experimental tests of the Landauer principle  G.L. Snider, E.P. Blair, C.C. Thorpe, B.T. Appleton, G.P. Boechler, A.O. Orlov, and C.S. Lent 
Proceedings of the Eleventh IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2011), August 1518, 2011 (Portland, OR).  Minimum energy for computation, theory vs. experiment  G.L. Snider, E.P. Blair, G.P. Boechler, C.C. Thorpe, N.W. Bosler, M.J. Wohlwend, J.M. Whitney, C.S. Lent and A.O. Orlov 
Proceedings of the Third IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2003), August 68, 2003 (San Francisco, California). [PDF]  Quantumdot cellular automata: an architecture for molecular computing  E.P. Blair and C.S. Lent 
Teaching
I teach a variety of courses. These have included:
 Quantum Mechanics for Engineers
 Introduction to Quantum Computing
 Principles of Electronic Communication Systems
 Electric Circuit Theory
 Engineering Analysis
Awards and Honors
 Research Grant, Office of Naval Research, Code 312 Nanoscale Computing Devices and Systems (May 2020  May 2023)
 Summer Sabbatical, Baylor University (Summer 2019)
 Senior Member, IEEE (2019)
 Outstanding Faculty Award (untenured, tenuretrack faculty), Baylor University (2018)
 Proposal Development Award, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Baylor University (2017)
 Rising Star Program, Baylor University (20172018)
 Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Award, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Baylor University (20172018)
 Rising Star Program, Baylor University (20162017)
 Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation (20102015)
 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, American Society for Engineering Education (20102013)
Interests
I'm passionate about teaching, logic, and making life more productive through computer programming. To this end, I share some of my favorite productivity tools.
Emacs Org Mode
Productivity tools don't get more powerful than this. With Emacs Org mode, you can write many types of math/science/engineering documents, including:
 Books
 Articles
 Websites and blogs (this page was written using Org mode)
 Highlystructured, scientific notes
Org documents can include very rich content, such as:
 Math/science symbols/equations (including chemistry symbols)
 Images
 Tables
 Hyperlinks
 Executable code in multiple languages
See my intro video to get started: