Centres of Excellence



The Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) leads the world in the race to build a quantum computer in silicon and undertakes world-class research in optical quantum computing and quantum information technologies. The centre is headquartered at UNSW and comprises more than 200 researchers from nine of Australia’s leading research institutions. Together with over 25 formal international partners CQC2T represents one of the world’s largest teams working to create a universal quantum computer and secure communication systems.


Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T)


The challenge of finding a sustainable path to continuing the IT revolution is critical, and time is running out. FLEET addresses a grand challenge: reducing the energy used in information technology, which now accounts for 5% of the electricity use on Earth, and is doubling every 10 years.
FLEET places Australia at the forefront of the new scientific fields of topological electronics, atomically thin materials, exciton condensates, and non-equilibrium phenomena. The Centre will build capacity in Australia for advanced electronics research, and train the workforce for the electronics industry of the future.
The Centre comprises over 100 researchers at seven Australian universities and 13 Australian and international science organisations. FLEET’s multidisciplinary UNSW team of 28 theorists and experimentalists includes eight chief investigators, spread evenly across the School of Physics and the School of Materials Science and Engineering




The Australian Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx) is federally funded centre that connects researchers and industry to discover new ways to source and use energy. The Centre is a collaboration between five top Australian universities (on which UNSW is one) and international partners to research better ways to manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials.
We work with industry partners to find innovative solutions for renewable energy in:
•    solar energy conversion,
•    energy-efficient lighting and displays,
•    security labelling and optical sensor platforms for defence.
We’re at the forefront of discovering new and innovative ways of using light. Including creating a new types of solar panels, engineering better electronic displays and lights that use less energy and manipulating light so it can be used in a range of security arenas including bank notes in order to eliminate counterfeiting.