Johannes Flick

Assistant Professor

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polaritonic Physics and Chemistry
  • Quantum Technologies


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Johannes Flick

Johannes Flick


2022-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, City College of New York and Graduate
Center of CUNY
2019-Present Associate Research Scientist and Project Leader, Center for Computational Quantum
Physics (CCQ), Flatiron Institute
2017-19 Postdoctoral Fellow, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard
2016-17 Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
(MPSD), Hamburg, Germany


2016 Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Fritz Haber Institute and Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin,
2011 Diplom in Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

Research Interests

Research in the Flick research group is focused on light-matter interactions on a microscopic level in
particular in the strong-coupling regime. We are interested in both the development of new
computational methods to describe these regimes, e.g. quantum-electrodynamical density-functional
theory, or polaritonic coupled-cluster methods, as well as their applications in catalysis, spectroscopy,
quantum-information simulators.
We are also interested in computational studies of quantum emitters for solid-state applications, such as
NV centers in diamond or defects in 2D materials.


(selected recent publications)
-J. Flick. Simple Exchange-Correlation Energy Functionals for Strongly Coupled Light-Matter Systems
based on the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem. Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 143201 (2022).
-D. S. Wang, T. Neuman, S. F. Yelin, J. Flick. Cavity-modified unimolecular dissociation reactions via
intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 13, 15, 3317–3324 (2022).
-J. Bonini, J. Flick. Ab initio linear-response approach to vibro-polaritons in the cavity Born-
Oppenheimer approximation. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 18, 5, 2764-2773 (2022).
-F. Pavošević, S. Hammes-Schiffer, A. Rubio, J. Flick. Cavity-Modulated Proton Transfer Reactions. J.
Am. Chem. Soc. 144, 11, 4995–5002 (2022).
-F. Pavošević, J. Flick. Polaritonic Unitary Coupled Cluster for Quantum Computations. J. Phys.
Chem. Lett. 12, 37, 9100–9107 (2021).
-A. Lozovoi, H. Jayakumar, D. Daw, G. Vizkelethy, E. Bielejec, M. W. Doherty, J. Flick, C. A. Meriles.
Optical activation and detection of charge transport between individual colour centres in diamond.
Nature Electronics 4, 717-724 (2021).
-D. S. Wang, S. F. Yelin, J. Flick. Defect polaritons from first principles. ACS Nano 15, 9, 15142-15152
-J. R. Moreno, J. Flick, A. Georges. Machine learning band gaps from the electron density. Phys. Rev.
Materials 5, 083802 (2021).
-K. Head-Marsden*, J. Flick*, C. J. Ciccarino, P. Narang. Quantum information and algorithms for
correlated quantum matter. Chem. Rev. 121, 5, 3061-3120 (2021).
-J. Flick, N. Rivera, P. Narang. Strong Light-Matter Coupling in Quantum Chemistry and Quantum
Photonics. Nanophotonics 7(9), 1479-1501 (2018).
-J. Flick, H. Appel, M. Ruggenthaler, A. Rubio. Cavity Born-Oppenheimer Approximation for
Correlated Electron-Nuclear-Photon Systems. J.Chem. Theory Comput. 13, 4, 1616-1625 (2017).
-J. Flick, M. Ruggenthaler, H. Appel, A. Rubio. Atoms and molecules in cavities, from weak to strong
coupling in quantum-electrodynamics (QED) chemistry. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 114, 12, 3026–
3034 (2017).
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