Australia welcomes new research centre for low-energy electronics technologies

Recently, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Research Council (ARC) Professor Sue Thomas has welcomed the launch of a new ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET).

According to Professor Thomas, more efficient, low-energy electronics technologies and devices are critical to the future of computing and communication, to address the limitations of present technology.

Aiming to place Australia at the forefront of innovative research into ultra-low energy electronics, FLEET will focus on addressing the global challenge of reducing the energy used in information technology and computation, to develop revolutionary electronics and communications technologies.

FLEET will develop novel methods of resistance-free electronic conduction that will meet the growing demand for computation that can operate at ultra-low energy consumption. Researchers at this Centre of Excellence are collaborating with researchers and partners around the globe to develop a new generation of ultra-low resistance electronic devices.

FLEET is pursuing 3 research themes to develop systems in which electrical current can flow with near-zero resistance, they are: topological materials, exciton superfluids, and light-transformed materials.

To establish this Centre of Excellence, Monash University is receiving A$33.4 million over seven years from 2017 under the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme. The Centre will be led by Professor Michael Fuhrer.

The Centre of Excellence led by Monash University will work with six other universities, including the University of New South Wales; the Australian National University; RMIT University; Swinburne University of Technology; University of Wollongong; and the University of Queensland.

It will also work with partner organisations such as National University of Singapore; Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany; Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation; California Institute of Technology, USA; University of Maryland; Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz; Columbia University, New York, USA; University of Colorado, Boulder; Tsinghua University, Beijing; Synchrotron Light Source Australia Pty Ltd; University of Wuerzburg, Germany; University of Texas, Austin; and Joint Quantum Institute.

“Working collaboratively with other participating universities and its Australian and international industry partners, the Centre of Excellence will equip the next generation of researchers with the skills and industry experience to lead this field into the future,” Professor Thomas added.

More information about the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies can be found here.

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