We have an insatiable appetite for computing.

But our ongoing need for computation is burning more than 5 percent of global electricity.

And that figure is expected to double each decade.

A new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence tackles that challenge head on using cutting-edge new fields of science.

The Centre will use the emerging science of topological materials (recognised by the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics ) and atomically-thin, 'two-dimensional' (2D) materials to create ultra-low energy electronics that achieve zero, or near-zero, wasted dissipation of energy.

"We want self-drive vehicles, on-demand translation, augmented reality, and an 'Internet of Things' - not to mention computation-intensive entertainment platforms such as Netflix and YouTube."

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