Imagine designing a solar cell that maximises the capture of  the sun’s rays, or a battery that minimises energy waste. Or new drugs to tackle hard-to-treat diseases, or materials that can absorb carbon dioxide and mitigate climate change.

The world of quantum science promises to the unlock the huge problem-solving potential now constrained by a lack of “classical” computing power. That’s why major firms and governments are spending billions of dollars to nudge science fiction closer to reality.